Joss Whedon isn't just the gatekeeper for Marvel's "The Avengers" and the upcoming "Agents of SHIELD" series, he's also something of a guardian angel for all Marvel projects in development.
Case in point, the upcoming "Thor: The Dark World". The film's director Alan Taylor tells SFX that Whedon was called in to rewrite some troubled scenes during production:
"Joss came in to save our lives a couple of times. We had a major scene that was not working on the page at all in London, and he basically got airlifted in, like a SWAT team or something.
He came down, rewrote the scene, and before he got back to his plane I sort of grabbed him and said, ‘And this scene and this scene?' And he rewrote two other scenes that I thought had problems.
Then finally we let go of him, he took off again, and we shot the scenes; and they were just much better and much lighter on their feet. Much more fun, much more surprising than what we had been trying to do.
I can relate to guys who come out of the TV world, since that's where I come from. And being able to land and work and solve a problem quickly… I really was grateful."