Thor: The Dark World‘s director is gladly admitting to SFX Magazine that Joss Whedon came down from on high to help him iron out some kinks that weren’t working too well with the film. Basically he says that Whedon is like a scene fixing ninja, popping up when needed and then speeding away to save the day elsewhere.
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.
Now before you go off the hinge and think the film is in trouble since it needed last second fixes, this is exactly why Joss Whedon exists these days (aside from charming Shakespeare adaptations). He did this work for Captain America: The First Avenger and he’ll do it in the future so that the Marvel movie universe stays both cohesive and awesome.[via Comic Book Movie]