Grabbing a job in a Marvel movie can set you up for life. If you let it. However, if you're not willing to play ball with Marvel and their House of Mouse overlords, you might end up feeling a bit frustrated.
Although many actors seem to be clamoring to star in a Marvel movie, we've been hearing increasingly frequent stories of directors feeling dissatisfied with how Marvel handles the creative process. Edgar Wright reportedly left the Ant-Man movie due to studio executive interference in his script, while Joss Whedon also lamented some of the harder elements of working with a connected cinematic universe and a big studio.
Now the Thor: The Dark World director, Alan Taylor, is the latest filmmaker to join this choir of complaint. In a recent chat with UpRoxx he revealed that Marvel changed his movie in post-production against his wishes. He stated:
"I’ve done two and I’ve learned that you don’t make a $170 million movie with someone else’s money and not have to collaborate a lot. The Marvel experience was particularly wrenching because I was sort of given absolute freedom while we were shooting, and then in post it turned into a different movie. So, that is something I hope never to repeat and don’t wish upon anybody else."
Thor: The Dark World tended to divide fans and critics alike when it hit the theaters. It currently sits at 65% on rottentomatoes.com, which suggests Thor 2 was a respectable, if slightly forgettable, effort. It's unclear what Taylor's director's cut of The Dark World would have looked like, but clearly it isn't what we actually saw.
Of course, I can imagine this is frustrating for Taylor, but maybe the director was a bit naive to think he would be given full autonomy on a project like Thor: The Dark World. Not only do studio executives have a clear vision in mind, the film also has to tie into the wider franchise, which is sure to limit a filmmaker to a certain extent. However, it seems the issue for Taylor wasn't that there was interference, it was the clandestine nature of adjusting the movie against his will in post-production.
Big Studio movies are always collaborative
Furthermore, big studio movies do not always need to be like this. Taylor recently completed work on Terminator: Genisys, and it seems like be had a much more satisfying time working with Paramount than Marvel. Regarding his work on Genisys, he said:
"This was not like that. The story we started telling is essentially the story we finished and are bringing out into the world. But there was a lot of collaboration, as there is going to be on something this big."
Unfortunately for Taylor and Paramount, it seems their collaboration hasn't added to much. Terminator: Genisys has only just released in theaters, although early reviews are suggesting it might be better to hang on to your cash. So far the critical response to Genisys has been tepid at best, with few publications rating it above 50% on Metacritic.
Also the post-release studio work for Genisys hasn't been without complaint either. The latest trailer for Terminator: Genisys essentially spoils one of the biggest twists of the movie in an extremely blatant way. Taylor also had a few things to say about this, explaining:
"Yeah, it’s funny; I certainly directed those scenes with the intention that no one would know... I had a few heads ups and a few unpleasant conversations where I squawked about this or that [laughs]."
But hey, at least it was the movie Taylor wanted to make...
You can watch this spoiler filled Terminator: Genisys trailer below: