Before Alan Taylor signed to direct Thor: The Dark World, Patty Jenkins was attached to the Marvel sequel. She eventually split from the project over “creative differences,” but Jenkins has now explained why exactly she decided to step away and let someone else take the helm.
Speaking with Marc Maron ( Joker, GLOW ) on his podcasts, director of Wonder Woman in 1984 he explained that he wanted to face a “big superhero movie” after his dark drama about real-life Monster, and attaches to Marvel the merit of having taken for “a film that didn’t require a woman at all, so I’ve always been very grateful to them even if it didn’t work.
Why didn’t it work? Jenkins didn’t think she would be able to deliver a good film based on the story the studio had in mind.
They wanted to make a story that I thought would not be successful, and I knew I couldn’t be the one to direct it. I was like, if they hired someone to do it, it wouldn’t be a big deal. But I knew in my heart that I couldn’t make a good movie out of the story they wanted to do.
Most would agree that Jenkins made the right decision, as The Dark World is generally considered to be one of the less successful MCU installments. Taika Waititi’s sequel, however, is much more popular and Jenkins is a huge fan of the director and his portrayal of the God of Thunder.
Thor: Ragnarok is one of the best Marvel movies of all time, it’s so good. That film is pure joy, and so well executed. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like superhero movies. Taika is a great director, and he just made a great movie.