Joss Whedon has quickly become Marvel’s go-to guy when it comes to their movies – even moreso than the previously established "Phase 2 Shepherd." In this week’s SFX Magazine, Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor revealed that Whedon was brought in during the filming of the sequel to help re-work several key scenes in the November 8, 2013 release.
“Joss came in to save our lives a couple times,” Taylor told 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.”
Whedon, a veteran of television who is known to work well on his feet and under tight deadlines, rewrote the scene and even stayed around at Taylor’s behest to help fix two other scenes that the director said “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,” Taylor explained. “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."
Both Whedon and Taylor are veterans of television, with the latter directing episodes of everything from Homicide: Life On The Streets to Sex and the City, The Sopranos and most recently Game of Thrones.
Whedon’s television credentials are well known, with everything from Rosanne to Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and his skills as a writer quick on his feet has been used on multiple occasions by Marvel both in film and television, not to mention comics. Whedon was attributed to solving issues Marvel Comics had with the ending of Civil War in 2006, and also contributed dialogue to 2000’s X-Men film for Fox. And this wouldn’t be the first time Whedon’s touched down on the Thor franchise – in addition to working with the character in Marvel’s The Avengers, Whedon directed the post-credits scene in the original Thor film from 2011.
STAN LEE speaks his mind on Bat-Fleck, Marvel’s Phase 3 Movies & Doritos
Although he’s no longer actively working inside the halls of Marvel Entertainment, Stan Lee is still flush with ideas and opinions about the world of heroes he helped co-create –and even ideas on some other heroes like Batman. And in a video interview with TooFab.com, Marvel’s most famous creator gushes about a variety of topics including what’s coming up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Right now, the people at Marvel are looking through our whole list of candidates and wondering which ones are we going to use now,” Lee told TooFab.
When asked about Marvel characters he’d like to see translated to live-action movies, Lee said with assuredness that Marvel will be working on films for both the Black Panther and Doctor Strange, as well as re-iterating the upcoming Phase 2 films Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. Lee also said that Marvel Studios will “probably” do an Inhumans movie.
TooFab followed up with a question about the possibility of any of Lee’s female superheroes getting their own film at some point down the road, which lee responded very positively – and specifically – about potential films.
“Well probably at one time they'll make a movie of the Black Widow,” Lee said about the character, which has starred in both Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 2 as well as the forthcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. “The thing is women like these movies as much as the guys, so we don't have to knock ourselves out to find a female.”
And with the intense reaction that the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in the 2015 Man of Steel sequel, TooFab asked 72-year comics veteran his thoughts on the choice of Affleck, who previously played the Lee co-creation of Daredevil.
“[Affleck is] a good actor,” Lee said. “I wish him all the luck in the world. He'll probably do a good job as Batman.”
Summing things up, Lee spoke about his long tradition of doing cameos in live-action Marvel productions going all the way back to the 1989 television movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk.
I hope I'll make a cameo [in Avengers: Age of Ultron,]” Lee told TooFab.. “See my problem is, sometimes they make a movie and they're shooting it too far away and I haven't got the time to go. So because of that I missed the latest Wolverine and the latest X-Men. But if ever they shoot it close by, or even if they're shooting it far away but I'm able to go there at the time, there's no way you can keep me out.”
Lee is currently promoting a contest with Doritos called “Crash The Superbowl,” in which fans are encouraged to make an ad for Doritos for the chance to win $1 million dollars and work on the set of 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.