Over the past few months, rumors surfaced that may have indicated that ‘Thor: The Dark World’ was in trouble. First, director Alan Taylor had spoken about some disputes between him and the executives at D23. Then, we learned that after principal shooting had wrapped, the crew went back to work for some reshoots involving Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. Finally, word got out that ‘The Avengers’ director and Marvel Cinematic Universe overlord Joss Whedon was called in to do some work on the second feature film for the God of Thunder. While all that sounded pretty bad at the time, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has come out and said that none of that is as bad as it sounds.
In a conversation with Empire, the Marvel head honcho set out to clear up these nasty rumors, starting with Whedon’s involvement in the Asgardian Avenger’s tale:
“Some of Alan’s comments were taken out of context a bit. Joss [Whedon] is focused one hundred percent — and has been for the better part of the year — on ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. That being the case, we’ve been keeping him in the loop on all of the Phase Two movies leading up to it, primarily so he can know where all the characters stand when Avengers 2 begins. That being said, thankfully, he is giving us his thoughts on… whether it’s early drafts of the movies or early cuts of the movies, and we’re squeezing every good idea we can get out of the time he’s not working on Avengers.
In the case of ‘Thor: The Dark World’, it wasn’t any more or less than it’s been on any of the other films. There were a few lines of dialogue here and there — I think in that Loki/Odin scene that we were talking about. [Also] in the scene between Thor and Loki on the Skiff going through Svartalfheim when they’re talking about their relationship. Joss helped out [on those scenes], they made it into the movie and are better for it.”
And speaking of Loki, Feige continues by talking about what propelled him and the crew to bring the God of Mischief back to set to film some additional material:
“I will tell you it was a combination of things. The scene with Loki in chains being led towards Odin at the beginning of the movie was one of the additional photography scenes, and it actually came about for a couple of reasons. I was reading the tie-in comic and they had that scene in it. I get all the comics when they’re published — I flip through some of them, and I was flipping through that one and I went, ‘Holy crap — this has got to be in the movie!’ It’s slightly different in the comic than it is in the movie, but I thought this has to be in the movie. So I called Tom [Hiddleston] and we talked about his availability, and we said we were gonna do this scene. So he goes, ‘Remember, I pitched you that scene. Months ago!’ Well, I did not remember, but I believed him, and I’m happy for him to take credit for it because he does an amazing job in the movie.”
There you have it, folks. All the extra assistance called in for this movie wasn’t really because anything was wrong or bad. They just tried to pack as much awesome stuff as they possibly could for us. Now, we can’t really fault them for wanting to give the fans the best possible movie that they could right? So now that you know the story behind calling in their asset and “reshoots”, how do you feel about ‘Thor: The Dark World’? Has your perception of the film changed? Are you more excited now than ever to see it? Let us know in the comments below.
‘Thor: The Dark World’ starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, and Anthony Hopkins hits theaters on November 8, 2013.