Way back in the fall of 2011, Marvel Studios announced that Patty Jenkins had signed on to direct Thor: the Dark World. As we all know however, that didn’t end up panning out. Two months later, in December, exited the project, remarking that she and the folks at Marvel had “creative differences” on the project. Frequent Game of Thrones Director Alan Taylor ultimately ended up at the helm, and Jenkins parted ways with Marvel on good terms, subsequently moving on to direct the upcoming Wonder Woman. As we are all aware, reviews for the Thor: the Dark World were mixed, and many fans wondered what a Thor film led by Jenkins would have looked like. Well, wonder no more, because she recently opened up about her experience with Marvel, and what her original pitch for the film looked like, and it’s definitely an interesting idea, taking a lot of cues from none other than William Shakespeare:
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. 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.
It definitely sounds like a different approach to the story, but not necessarily one that Marvel ultimately chose to go with. The final cut of the film focused more on bringing Jane out of her element and into the other realms of Yggdrasil and seeing how she reacts to it all, whereas Jenkins’ vision kept the story limited to Midgard for the most part. It’s understandable why Marvel chose to go with the former option, especially considering they were just starting to introduce audiences to the larger scope and scale of the cosmic side of the MCU, but Jenkins’ vision definitely had the potential to deepen the relationship between Thor and Jane Foster, something that was sorely lacking in the final film. Jenkins was understandably upset about having to leave the film, but in the end, she felt that she wasn’t the right fit for the project:
I don’t think I could have made a good movie out of Thor 2 because I wasn’t the right director. And I don’t think I would have been in the running for Wonder Woman as a result. And that’s one of the reasons why I’m glad I didn’t do it because I could have made a great Thor if I could have done the story that I was wanting to do. But I don’t think I was the right person to make a great Thor out of the story they wanted to do.
Even though the film was a box office success, the Dark World’s performance was less than stellar in the eyes of fans and critics alike, so we’ll never know if Jenkins was the right fit or not. After hearing her original vision for the film however, we definitely wish we could’ve seen it come to life.
What do you think of Jenkins’ original pitch for the film? Do you think it sounds better than the final cut we got?