Alan Taylor Is Not Pleased With THOR: THE DARK WORLD Mid-Credit Scene
I’m going to get the usual SPOILER WARNING out of the way here. I won’t reveal exactly what the mid-credits scene in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World entails, but there are some aspects of this discussion that will reveal some tid-bits of that scene. So, read on at your own risk.
With the highly anticipated release of Thor: The Dark World just a few weeks out, the press coverage is ramping up. Along with that coverage comes some revealing looks into the production of the film. Director Alan Taylor, who comes from the hit series Game of Thrones, was tapped to helm the sequel and from what we’ve scene, he is taking a bit of a different approach than his predecessor, especially in regards to how the film looks. As with previous Marvel films, there are a few additions to the closing moments of The Dark World. Well, two actually. There is the usual after-credits scene, as well as a mid-credits scene. This is where it gets interesting. In an interview with Bleeding Cool, the director expresses his not-so-subtle feelings regarding the scene.
BC: So, while we’re talking about this film’s connections to the rest of the Marvel universe I have to ask, did you shoot the tag at the end?
AT: By tag do you mean the middle thing, the one in the middle of the credits?
BC: I mean the one in the middle.
AT: I absolutely did not. I am very happy to not take responsibility.
BC: So was that James Gunn?
AT: I wouldn’t blame it on James Gunn.
AT: Er… I wouldn’t attribute it to James Gunn… it’s clearly his sets and his characters…
BC: So you’re not quite comfortable with it?
AT: I am very happy not to take responsibility for that…
BC: It’s a different tone for sure, huh?
AT: It’s a different tone. 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…
Now, it’s hard to tell exactly what happened here. Did this scene get filmed and added without his knowledge? Is he ticked that the added it in the first place? We may never know. What we do know is that Marvel exec Kevin Feige has a much different feeling about the scene, but he did confirm that James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, did indeed film it and did so within the past three to four weeks.
Regardless of who filmed it, it seems a rift has formed. Whether or not it will remain or what effects this will have on Taylor’s relationship with Marvel and Feige has yet to be seen. Thor: The Dark World will hit theaters on November 8th, with Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston and Anthony Hopkins starring.