After all these years, Patty Jenkins has explained what her Thor: The Dark World movie would have been about. Jenkins was hired to direct the Thor sequel but later departed the project, citing "creative differences" with Marvel Studios. That's something people have heard countless times over the years, whenever one of their favorite directors leaves some kind of blockbuster film. The thing is, it's an umbrella term that can be adapted to virtually any situation in which the director and the studio differ.
When it comes to Thor 2, the reason Jenkins and Marvel parted ways was entirely due to the story at hand. The director recently explained that she didn't believe she was the right director for the Thor movie that Marvel wanted to make. However, she believes that she could have made a great Thor movie if she was allowed to do so, but when it comes to the story that the studio wanted to tell, she just wasn't the right fit for it. The question is, what was the story that she wanted to tell?
While doing press for Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins explained to Buzzfeed News her vision for Thor: The Dark World, which would have centered on Thor's struggle to return to Earth and protect not only the planet but also the woman that he loves: Jane Foster. It would have been based on William Shakespeare's iconic play Romeo & Juliet.
"I pitched them that I wanted to do Romeo and Juliet. I wanted Jane to be stuck on Earth and Thor to be stuck where he is. And Thor to be forbidden to come and save Jane because Earth doesn't matter. And then by coming to save her ... they end up discovering that Malekith is hiding the dark energy inside of Earth because he knows that Odin doesn't care about Earth, and so he's using Odin's disinterest in Earth to trick him."
After Jenkins left Thor: The Dark World, the studio ended up hiring Alan Taylor to direct the film. Unfortunately, not even he could save the movie. It has been continuously ranked as one of the weaker entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, despite receiving decent reviews upon release. By basing the story on Romeo & Juliet, it's clear that Jenkins wanted to continue incorporating Shakespearean themes in Thor's story, filled with grand gestures and grand heroes, just as Kenneth Branagh did with the first film:
"And so it was like, I wanted it to be a grand [movie] based on Romeo and Juliet... a war between the gods and the earthlings, and Thor saves the day and ends up saving Earth."
Jenkins has previously said that she was disappointed that things didn't work out with Marvel, that she wasn't able to make the Thor movie that she wanted to make. However, she was still able to use the ideas that she had with Wonder Woman. The next chapter in the DC Extended Universe will be thematically similar to Jenkins' Thor 2 pitch, but it will clearly stand out on its own. Of course, being the first female superhero-led film in years -- and one helmed by a female director -- may have something to do with that.
Source: Buzzfeed News
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