Patty Jenkins Is Grateful She Didn’t Direct Thor: The Dark World

Patty Jenkins Is Grateful She Didn’t Direct Thor: The Dark World

If all went according to plan, Patty Jenkins would’ve been the first woman to direct a Marvel Cinematic Universe film six years opened up about the experience and her thoughts shine a new light not just on the Thor sequel, but the role of gender in Hollywood.

“I did not believe that I could make a good movie out of the script that they were planning on doing,” Jenkins told Vanity Fair in a wide-ranging interview. “I think it would have been a huge deal”it would have looked like it was my fault. It would’ve looked like, “˜Oh my God, this woman directed it and she missed all these things.’ That was the one time in my career where I really felt like, “˜Do this with [another director] and it’s not going to be a big deal.’ And maybe they’ll understand it and love it more than I do.”

The job of directing eventually went to Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor, and while Thor: The Dark World is technically “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, it holds that distinction by a slim margin of just six per cent. That makes it one of the worst-reviewed MCU films to date and one of the least revered by fans. (“The first one is good, the second one is meh,” star Chris Hemsworth famously said to GQ.)

However, Jenkins was right about the people who made it. Though Thor 2 wasn’t as well-received as the Marvel films that came both before and after, Taylor went on to direct Terminator: Genisys, more Game of Thrones episodes, and a Sopranos prequel film potentially coming out this year. He did fine. Whether she would’ve enjoyed similar success is debatable.

“You can’t do movies you don’t believe in,” Jenkins continued. “The only reason to do it would be to prove to people that I could. But it wouldn’t have proved anything if I didn’t succeed. I don’t think that I would have gotten another chance. And so, I’m super grateful.”

That other chance that Jenkins got by not doing Thor ended up being Wonder Woman, a runaway smash that changed superhero movies as we know them. So yeah, Patty Jenkins took a risk in turning down the big Marvel blockbuster”but the risk definitely paid off.

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Head over to Vanity Fair to read more about Jenkins’ journey, which took her to the recently delayed, but still highly anticipated, Wonder Woman 1984.

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