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While Joss Whedon's biggest responsibility in the film world right now is getting The Avengers: Age of Ultron ready for release in 2015, that's far from the only responsibility he has over at Marvel Studios. When the filmmaker signed a three-year contract with the company a few years ago he not only agreed to helm the sequel to his 2012 blockbuster, but also to help guide and shape the direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The details regarding how Whedon accomplishes that mission haven't exactly been shouted from the rooftops, as Marvel prefers to keep the goings-on behind the projects as secretive as possible, but now director Alan Taylor has revealed exactly how the writer/director came to be involved with the upcoming Thor: The Dark World.
In the same SFX Magazine interview where he talked about changing the look of Kenneth Branagh's Asgard from the first Thor movie, Taylor has revealed exactly how Whedon came to be involved with the next God of Thunder movie, and it apparently involved rewriting three specific scenes in the movie that the director just couldn't work with. You can read the full quote below, which comes to us courtesy of ComicBookMovie.
"Joss came in to save our lives a couple of times," laughs the director. "We had a major scene that was not working on the page at all in London, and he basically got airlifted in, like a SWAT team or something. He came down, rewrote the scene, and before he got back to his plane I sort of grabbed him and said, 'And this scene and this scene?' And he rewrote two other scenes that I thought had problems. Then finally we let go of him, he took off again, and we shot the scenes; and they were just much better and much lighter on their feet. Much more fun, much more surprising than what we had been trying to do. I can relate to guys who come out of the TV world, since that's where I come from. And being able to land and work and solve a problem quickly... I really was grateful."
This is far from the first time that Whedon has gotten himself involved with the solo movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even during Phase One of the franchise, prior to the release of The Avengers, Whedon was leaving his mark on the series, directing the after-the-credits tag of both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. What's more, he was also called in to do some rewrite work on the first Captain America script from co-writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus - who also happen to be the guys that wrote Thor: The Dark World.
While we probably won't know about the specific scenes that Whedon worked on in the Thor sequel until we get a bit closer to the release date, there isn't a great deal of waiting left, as the film is set to hit theaters on November 8th.