Thor: The Dark World director has made it fairly clear in recent weeks that he's been not exactly happy with some of the decisions that Marvel has made for the film once principal production ended, from the decision to reshoot additional scenes to add more Loki action to them popping a mid-credits scene directed by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer into the credits.
Recently, the somewhat disgruntled director sat down with HuffPost to discuss some of those changes. But more importantly, he also talked about playing Grim Reaper in this film, and what we can expect, death-wise (Hint: Expect it.):
Your "Thor" movie is a lot of fun.
Yeah, I've been hearing that. And that's good to hear because when I got involved in it ... if we were killing off characters and stuff, we better make sure that it's also funny and fun. And it sounds like that comes across. That's a relief.
Though, there's a lot of exposition at the beginning. But after about 45 minutes, it really comes together.
Yeah, I think that is sort of the structure that was found in post. The early versions of the movie that I have tremendous affection for, there was a lot less exposition up front. And it was sort of... kind of discovered it along the way -- and the decision was made. It's a common dynamic, I think, to sort of front-load everything you need to know so that, precisely, the audience can sort of relax and have fun for the latter part. That was sort of the tug-of-war during post.
Tom Hiddleston [who plays Loki] mentioned he had an idea for an additional scene that wound up being shot. Which scene was that?
The two main things we shot additional photography that were for him, one was just the fun scene that was pure "Loki being Loki," shapeshifting as he's talking to Thor. That may have been it. There was also a kind of connective -- again, this was part of the exposition at the beginning -- but very late in the game we added the bit with Loki in chains being sentenced by his father to prison, basically. And that was added late for those who weren't up on "The Avengers," to sort of understand the circumstances that found Loki in prison.
Author's note: Due to Taylor having directed some fairly famous TV shows, and mentioning them major plot points below, I'm putting the next question behind a spoiler tag. Read on at your own risk.
You mentioned death scenes. You have filmed a lot of famous death scenes.
That's funny. I got lucky for a while. After we killed Christopher Moltisanti in "The Sopranos" (that is my favorite death scene, where Tony has a car crash and he kills his own cousin just by pinching his nostrils shut); after doing that, I looked back and I realized that I killed Caesar on "Rome" and Wild Bill Hickok on "Deadwood" and Ned Stark on "Game of Thrones," and I felt like my job was executioner or something. The episode, major things were happening in them and major emotional events are taking place and the scale of the storytelling is really satisfying. And in this one, we got to kill, or sort of kill, two major characters. And that, I think, is part of the darkening of the movie from the first one -- that we were taking on things like that. The idea, in my mind, is that Thor is a character who continues to grow and he's not just a static superhero and, in the first film, he went from being an impetuous prince to being somebody who is more responsible. And, in our film, he continued to grow up and went through the darker phase of growing up where you start to realize the world is more complicated than you thought and what you wanted might not be what you really want. In my mind, when we started calling it "The Dark World," it wasn't just elves -- it was adulthood [that] is the Dark World. And that's what he's growing into and part of that was losing people he loved.
So basically, we can just start calling Alan Taylor the Grim Reaper, right? Yikes. Looks like we shouldn't be getting too attached to the Thor crew, everyone.