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Spoilers: Details on the mid-credits scene for Thor: The Dark World from director Alan Taylor

Oct. 23, 2013by:

I have some information on the mid-credits scene that will appear in THOR: THE DARK WORLD, including which upcoming Marvel film it teases and who directed it. Here's a hint: director Alan Taylor wasn't behind the camera for the scene. In case you missed the headline, there are spoilers and if you want to avoid them, do not scroll past the image of Thor below.

So Bleeding Cool asked Alan Taylor if he filmed the mid-credits scene for THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and he responded by saying, "I absolutely did not. I am very happy to not take responsibility." Very happy not to take responsibility? That doesn't sound good. The interview continues with the site asking Taylor if James Gunn directed it, and it's pretty obvious that Alan Taylor isn't pleased with the scene in his movie.

Bleeding Cool: So was that James Gunn?

Alan Taylor: I wouldn’t blame it on James Gunn.

BC: Blame?

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…

Bleeding Cool also talked to Kevin Feige, and he confirmed that James Gunn did direct the mid-credits scene, and it was filmed "within the last three to four weeks."

This isn't the first time Alan Taylor and Marvel have clashed, and I'd be surprised if Marvel brought him back for a sequel. But based on Alan Taylor's comments to Bleeding Cool, I'm not sure if he'd want another job if it was offered. It sounds like he's frustrated with the studio and the situation, and hopefully the issues the two sides have had with each other won't have a negative impact on THOR: THE DARK WORLD.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Rene Russo, and Kat Dennings opens on November 8, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Besides working on Game of Thrones, Alan Taylor has also directed episodes of Six Feet Under, Mad Men and Deadwood.
Source: Bleeding Cool

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2:55PM on 10/23/2013

Whatever

It's a scene in the credits. Who gives a shit? It's a little treat for the fans. Everyone has already gotten to witness your genius during the THOR sequel, Taylor. This is just a little something for fans in the CREDITS, which people would be walking out on if not for the tease. STFU.
It's a scene in the credits. Who gives a shit? It's a little treat for the fans. Everyone has already gotten to witness your genius during the THOR sequel, Taylor. This is just a little something for fans in the CREDITS, which people would be walking out on if not for the tease. STFU.
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2:46PM on 10/23/2013

Oh look, ANOTHER director that Marvel pissed off...

Oh come on, Taylor isn't wrong here. It's his own movie, he should get a say in what does and does not appear in it. Why not let him shoot that scene so it fits in with the rest of the movie? Shoehorning a GotG teaser that completely clashes with the rest of the film isn't a good idea, although all the fanboys will be too busy going crazy to notice. Plus Marvel has a reputation for being jerks to their directors. I've also heard the Thor movie has some noticeable issues with editing and pacing,
Oh come on, Taylor isn't wrong here. It's his own movie, he should get a say in what does and does not appear in it. Why not let him shoot that scene so it fits in with the rest of the movie? Shoehorning a GotG teaser that completely clashes with the rest of the film isn't a good idea, although all the fanboys will be too busy going crazy to notice. Plus Marvel has a reputation for being jerks to their directors. I've also heard the Thor movie has some noticeable issues with editing and pacing, which goes back to Marvel fighting Taylor over the final runtime. Come on Marvel, get it together.
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2:38PM on 10/23/2013
Alan Taylor is the third director to say (In some subtle way) that he doesn't want to work for Disney-Marvel ever again. Branagh, Joe Johnston, and now Taylor have all said in one way or another that the Marvel execs are complete dicks. And even though Favreau hasn't said anything negative about Marvel (yet), he's definitely not lining up to direct anything for them either. If the mid credit sequence is lame and campy, then Taylor shouldn't have been forced to put it into his film. I
Alan Taylor is the third director to say (In some subtle way) that he doesn't want to work for Disney-Marvel ever again. Branagh, Joe Johnston, and now Taylor have all said in one way or another that the Marvel execs are complete dicks. And even though Favreau hasn't said anything negative about Marvel (yet), he's definitely not lining up to direct anything for them either. If the mid credit sequence is lame and campy, then Taylor shouldn't have been forced to put it into his film. I completely understand why Taylor sounds pissed in this interview.
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1:52PM on 10/23/2013
people seem to missing the bigger point: Marvel seems to always have issues with the directors/actors they hire and its getting old
people seem to missing the bigger point: Marvel seems to always have issues with the directors/actors they hire and its getting old
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12:35PM on 10/23/2013
I don't know how to process these comments:
1) Awesome that GOTG will have the mid-credits sequence.
2) I kind of read Taylor's comments as a playful way of saying, it's a good thing I didn't shoot the sequence because I would not have captured what James Gunn is trying to do properly.
3) Then I read the article about Alan Taylor and Marvel clashing and think it's left him with a bad taste in his mouth about the whole experience.

Whatever - I could care less about the Thor sequel but
I don't know how to process these comments:
1) Awesome that GOTG will have the mid-credits sequence.
2) I kind of read Taylor's comments as a playful way of saying, it's a good thing I didn't shoot the sequence because I would not have captured what James Gunn is trying to do properly.
3) Then I read the article about Alan Taylor and Marvel clashing and think it's left him with a bad taste in his mouth about the whole experience.

Whatever - I could care less about the Thor sequel but interested to see the GOTG mid-credits sequence.
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12:24PM on 10/23/2013

Alan Taylor's thoughts....

How dare Marvel pay me to direct an almost two hundred million dollar sequel when I've only directed a few Game of Thrones episodes and expect me to collaborate with another director who's trying to connect the Marvel cinematic universe!
How dare Marvel pay me to direct an almost two hundred million dollar sequel when I've only directed a few Game of Thrones episodes and expect me to collaborate with another director who's trying to connect the Marvel cinematic universe!
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11:24AM on 10/23/2013

Alan Taylor's thoughts....

How dare Marvel pay me to direct an almost two hundred million dollar sequel when I've only directed a few Game of Thrones episodes and expect me to collaborate with another director who's trying to connect the Marvel cinematic universe!
How dare Marvel pay me to direct an almost two hundred million dollar sequel when I've only directed a few Game of Thrones episodes and expect me to collaborate with another director who's trying to connect the Marvel cinematic universe!
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11:10AM on 10/23/2013
So he doesn't like the credits scene. So what? It might look a bit odd to see a whole movie one way then have this small scene be a complete other way.

So he doesn't like the credits scene. So what? It might look a bit odd to see a whole movie one way then have this small scene be a complete other way.

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11:07AM on 10/23/2013
I guess part of this attitude can be attributed to him being brought on as a replacement to Patty Jenkins; it seems he really hasn't had the best time working with the Marvel people and I hope that does not show in the end result of Thor: The Dark World.
I guess part of this attitude can be attributed to him being brought on as a replacement to Patty Jenkins; it seems he really hasn't had the best time working with the Marvel people and I hope that does not show in the end result of Thor: The Dark World.
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10:38AM on 10/23/2013
I don't think Buddy realizes how whiny he sounds. He knew he was getting involved in a shared, collaborative effort, it's ridiculous to complain about something so minor.
I don't think Buddy realizes how whiny he sounds. He knew he was getting involved in a shared, collaborative effort, it's ridiculous to complain about something so minor.
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10:27AM on 10/23/2013
He comes off as a dick right here.
He comes off as a dick right here.
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