WARNING: The following post contains a SPOILER about a scene that appears in the end credits of “Thor: The Dark World.” Stop reading now if you want to be surprised by the scene in theaters.
A scene added to the end credits sequence of “Thor: The Dark World” is getting negative reviews from a surprising source: the film’s director.
Alan Taylor, who helmed the sequel to 2011’s “Thor,” told Bleeding Cool that he wasn’t happy about the tag, which reveals a blonde-haired Benicio Del Toro as the Collector from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” teasing the upcoming James Gunn-directed flick that’s the next entry into the Marvel movie canon. Taylor said he “absolutely did not” direct the scene when questioned about it by Bleeding Cool, adding that he was “very happy not to take responsibility” for it.
“It’s a different tone,” Taylor explained of the scene, in comparison to the rest of “The Dark World.” “I would have shot it differently. But I think it’s cool that it reaches out and touches that other universe. That universe is coming. The Guardians universe is really cool and wacky … but that sequence in the credits, I would say, is the only part of the movie where I’m happy to give the credit away.”
Taylor also added that he “wouldn’t blame [the scene] on James Gunn,” though “it’s clearly his sets and his characters” that are depicted. Bleeding Cool also sat down with Marvel producer Kevin Feige, who said that the scene was indeed shot by Gunn, sometime within the last few weeks.
So why is Taylor so angry about the last-minute addition? Is it just that it represents a shift in tone, or is he more upset that someone else came in and fiddled with his vision? The latter reason seems a bit out of character for Taylor, since he famously called in “Avengers” director Joss Whedon to help rewrite several “Dark World” scenes, a process Taylor praised and said resulted in action that was “much better … much more fun, much more surprising than what we were trying to do.” Perhaps the credits kerfuffle is because he was insulted that no one consulted him first?
Audiences will soon be able to judge for themselves whether the end credits scene works or not. “Thor: The Dark World” opens November 8.
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