Joss Whedon is the patriarch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s the big poppa. Whenever there’s a problem with a script Whedon swoops in, fixes it and goes back to doing whatever he was doing before, which was probably putting out some other creative fire.
Whedon did this for Captain American: The First Avenger and he just recently did it on Thor 2 aka Thor: The Dark World.
Thor: The Dark World and Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor had this to say:
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.
It’s interesting to see the different directors handle these movies and the creative process. I can’t recall hearing Joe Johnston, the director of Captain America as well as Th Rocketeer, give credit to Joss in a public way like Taylor. I remember Marvel putting out a press release or something but nothing that was as heartfelt as the statement that Taylor just offered.
Thor: The Dark World opens in theaters November 8th.