Joss Whedon ‘airlifted in’ to rewrite ‘Thor 2’ scenes

Director Alan Taylor says Whedon 'came in to save our lives' while he was shooting the sequel

Joss Whedon rewrote several scenes for Thor: The Dark World, the film’s director has revealed.

Whedon, writer-director of The Avengers, was apparently “airlifted in” when filming on the Thor sequel hit a snag last year (2012).

“Joss came in to save our lives a couple of times,” director Alan Taylor revealed during an interview with SFX. “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.”

Continuing, Taylor explained that when he shot the rewritten scenes “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”.

Game Of Thrones director Taylor filmed the sequel to 2011’s Thor, which was directed by Kenneth Branagh, late last year in England and Iceland. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba have all reprised their roles from the first Thor film, which grossed a shade under $450 million (£290 million) at cinemas worldwide. Meanwhile, former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston has joined the cast and plays a supervillain called Malekith the Accursed.

According to Marvel’s official synopsis for the film, “a vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness” and it falls on Hemsworth’s hammer-wielding hero to stop him. Thor: The Dark World opens in UK cinemas on October 30 before getting a US release on November 8. Watch the trailer below.