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Joss Whedon Helped Re-Write parts of Thor 2 and Other Marvel Movies

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Joss-Whedon-is-our-leader-nowI’m not trying to say that he’s supervised gangsters clean up brains out of a back seat, but he’s done the equivalent of that with movies.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has done the unthinkable, it has literally created the same environment that the comics have, but with real people, real locations. Like the comic world, you need a person you can go to in order to make that product better, and that person just so happens to be one of the geek world’s favorite people, Joss Whedon.

In a recent interview with the director of Thor 2 (Alan Taylor), he recalled Whedon coming in to punch up the movie’s lacking script:

Joss came in to save our lives a couple of times. 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.

Interestingly enough, Thor 2 wasn’t the only place where his expertise was needed. The only MCU movie that I didn’t love, Captain America: The First Avenger was fixed up similarly. Then again, the only scenes in that movie that I really enjoyed were the ones with Hugo Weaving as Red Skull.  Let’s be honest, Whedon wasn’t able to do much for Captain America.

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