‘Thor 2’ director Alan Taylor says working with Marvel was ‘wrenching’

Director says 2013's 'Thor: The Dark World' was 'turned into a different movie' in post-production

Alan Taylor, the director of Thor: The Dark World, has described the experience of working with Marvel on the 2013 sequel as “wrenching”.

After directing two smaller films and numerous episodes of TV shows including Mad Men and Game Of Thrones, Marvel’s 2013 blockbuster was Taylor’s first big-budget movie behind the camera. He has since gone on to direct Terminator Genisys starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which opens in cinemas tomorrow (July 3).

Comparing his experiences working on the two films, Taylor told Uproxx: “I’ve learned that you don’t make a $170 million movie with someone else’s money and not have to collaborate a lot. The Marvel experience was particularly wrenching because I was sort of given absolute freedom while we were shooting, and then in post it turned into a different movie. So, that is something I hope never to repeat and don’t wish upon anybody else.”


“This was not like that,” Taylor continued, referring to his Terminator Genisys experience. “The story we started telling is essentially the story we finished and are bringing out into the world. But there was a lot of collaboration, as there is going to be on something this big.”

Marvel is now working on a sequel to Thor: The Dark World, which is titled Thor: Ragnarok and set for release in November 2017. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are both confirmed to be reprising their roles, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige said recently that he will make an announcement regarding the film’s director later this summer.