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Alan Taylor has apologized for his comments on the Thor: The Dark World mid-credits scene

Nov. 11, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Director Alan Taylor raised a few eyebrows with his remarks a couple of weeks ago on the mid-credits scene that appears in THOR: THE DARK WORLD. Some felt he was being disrespectful to James Gunn (who directed the scene), and thought Taylor should know by now that working with Marvel means being a team player.

A video has surfaced online from Moviereporter.de of Alan Taylor apologizing for his comments, and in it the director says he has nothing but respect for James Gunn.

James Gunn also recently confirmed on his Facebook that Taylor has apologized while replying to a comment made by a fan:

"Alan has apologized profusely both personally to me and to the press. He's a good guy."

Gunn also shared some details on the mid-credits scene on his Facebook:

"It was shot in two hours at the end of a 2nd unit day. We had just gotten the script (not by me). We thought it was more important to give people a link to Guardians, but weren't able to do it until the last minute."

By the way, Gunn says if you really want to see the footage for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY that was shown at Comic-Con, you're probably going to have to wait for the film to be released on Blu-Ray.

Listen, I love it. But it was thrown together after 12 days of shooting, a mix of shots, makeup tests, and camera tests. The visual effects (especially Rocket and Groot) were temps at best. Our "Nebula" isn't even Karen Gillan in the footage, but a girl we were testing Karen's makeup on. So although it perfectly captures the flavor of the film, there's no way it would hold up to the scrutiny that comes with posting something like that on the internet - nor would the general audience be able to understand "these are just temps and comps and makeup tests." So it is never ever going to happen, except for maybe on the Blu-Ray AFTER the film comes out.

It'll be interesting to see if Taylor's comments (and the so-so reviews for THOR: THE DARK WORLD) will have an impact on him directing another THOR movie, or anything else for Marvel.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD is in theaters now, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will be released on July 31st, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: If Thor does get another solo movie, do you want Alan Taylor back as the director?

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12:42PM on 11/12/2013

Gunn's already making excuses

Team play concept aside - the scene was shoddy. And Gunn hasn't really proved he can do better. Better keep those excuses coming - I think he's going to need 'em.
Team play concept aside - the scene was shoddy. And Gunn hasn't really proved he can do better. Better keep those excuses coming - I think he's going to need 'em.
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9:01PM on 11/11/2013
After the awesome uber grittiness and realistic look of Thor, watching the GotG scene looked like something shot on videotape. Not to say I'm not looking forward to seeing what they do with it, but first impressions were kind of "meh".
After the awesome uber grittiness and realistic look of Thor, watching the GotG scene looked like something shot on videotape. Not to say I'm not looking forward to seeing what they do with it, but first impressions were kind of "meh".
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7:04PM on 11/11/2013

If Alan Taylor isn't coming back....

I'd like to see Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead) in the director's chair. She has already directed some of the best episodes of BB, GoT, and TWD and she's great at directing action (watch BB's "One Minute" episode).
I'd like to see Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead) in the director's chair. She has already directed some of the best episodes of BB, GoT, and TWD and she's great at directing action (watch BB's "One Minute" episode).
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6:46PM on 11/11/2013
As for a new director for Thor 3... I think it's a given, even if Taylor signed a multiple deal and he wouldn't cost more Marvel has no problem dropping people who disrespect the team.
As for a new director for Thor 3... I think it's a given, even if Taylor signed a multiple deal and he wouldn't cost more Marvel has no problem dropping people who disrespect the team.
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1:28PM on 11/11/2013
Good regardless of what he thought about it, it was a unprofessional move by him. I actually didn't think the credit scene was that bad, it wasn't like Thor: The Dark World was some deep, dark movie.
Good regardless of what he thought about it, it was a unprofessional move by him. I actually didn't think the credit scene was that bad, it wasn't like Thor: The Dark World was some deep, dark movie.
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12:54PM on 11/11/2013

Absolutely no need to apologize.

Especially because he was completely right. That mid-credits scene looked ridiculous (which I guess was the point). It looked like something out of Men in Black. Sif and the Warrior's 3 looked so out of place in that scene, I had to laugh at the sheer ridiculousness of it. Taylor was right, it had no place being attached to his gritty sci-fi/fantasy movie. I hate to say it, but that scene did very little to make me excited for Guardians of the Galaxy.
Especially because he was completely right. That mid-credits scene looked ridiculous (which I guess was the point). It looked like something out of Men in Black. Sif and the Warrior's 3 looked so out of place in that scene, I had to laugh at the sheer ridiculousness of it. Taylor was right, it had no place being attached to his gritty sci-fi/fantasy movie. I hate to say it, but that scene did very little to make me excited for Guardians of the Galaxy.
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12:36PM on 11/11/2013
Why should he apologize? Considering how crappy that little piece looked he was Marvelously diplomatic.
I have high hopes for Guardians but the quality of that clip got me a bit worried. Benicio is great but makeup and everything expect the two Asgardians was awful. If it's a messy rush-job, why release it?
Why should he apologize? Considering how crappy that little piece looked he was Marvelously diplomatic.
I have high hopes for Guardians but the quality of that clip got me a bit worried. Benicio is great but makeup and everything expect the two Asgardians was awful. If it's a messy rush-job, why release it?
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11:24AM on 11/11/2013
Firstly why does everyone feel the need to apologize for everything these days. Bloody over sensitive PC world!
Secondly I must admit to not not liking the mid-credit scene at all. I felt it was completely out of place and I didn't like the tone of it. It looked really cheap, I was half expecting a boom mic to hit someone on the head, or a wall to move or something.
Firstly why does everyone feel the need to apologize for everything these days. Bloody over sensitive PC world!
Secondly I must admit to not not liking the mid-credit scene at all. I felt it was completely out of place and I didn't like the tone of it. It looked really cheap, I was half expecting a boom mic to hit someone on the head, or a wall to move or something.
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11:14AM on 11/11/2013
I loved Thor: The Dark World...so hopefully Taylor will be back. As for the mid credit scene...I knew nothing of Guardians until Marvel announced that they were making a movie of it. From a teaser/ intertwining Marvel cinematic universe point of view/ the direction said universe is heading in, I found it cool. I didn't see any problems with it.
I loved Thor: The Dark World...so hopefully Taylor will be back. As for the mid credit scene...I knew nothing of Guardians until Marvel announced that they were making a movie of it. From a teaser/ intertwining Marvel cinematic universe point of view/ the direction said universe is heading in, I found it cool. I didn't see any problems with it.
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10:33AM on 11/11/2013
I would love to see Alan Taylor back for Thor 3 because I thought he did an incredible job on The Dark World.

As for the mid credits scene. It was awesome and only made my anticipation for the film even higher. Can't wait to see Rocket Racoon in action.
I would love to see Alan Taylor back for Thor 3 because I thought he did an incredible job on The Dark World.

As for the mid credits scene. It was awesome and only made my anticipation for the film even higher. Can't wait to see Rocket Racoon in action.
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10:28AM on 11/11/2013
I liked the teaser, it very much fit the definition of a teaser and did well to whet the appetite. Benicio Del Toro looked suitably creepy as the Collector. The Comic-Con footage was very, very impressive for something they had put together in the very earliest days of shooting. Even though the visual effects work was yet to be refined, I did like how Rocket Raccoon and Groot looked in the footage and tone-wise it seemed really solid. A fellow schmoe did comment on the leaked footage; saying it
I liked the teaser, it very much fit the definition of a teaser and did well to whet the appetite. Benicio Del Toro looked suitably creepy as the Collector. The Comic-Con footage was very, very impressive for something they had put together in the very earliest days of shooting. Even though the visual effects work was yet to be refined, I did like how Rocket Raccoon and Groot looked in the footage and tone-wise it seemed really solid. A fellow schmoe did comment on the leaked footage; saying it looked like something made for the SyFy channel, and I think James Gunn wouldn't want that to be a widespread opinion and that's why he's not making the Comic-Con "taster" available.
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