Patty Jenkins did not believe she could make a good movie with the Thor: The Dark World script. Additionally, she did not want to be blamed for the sequel's failure, which seemed to be inevitable. The sequel is often hailed as the worst movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That particular topic blew up on social media this past weekend as passionate fans argued over whether Thor 2 or Iron Man 3 was the worst MCU project. Spoiler alert: Most of the votes came in for the Thor sequel.
Patty Jenkins was originally on board to direct Thor 2 and she had some different ideas from what Marvel Studios had in mind. She has noted in the past that she had a vision of a space opera with Romeo and Juliet mixed in. That is a far cry from what the finished movie became. Jenkins has not really talked about the experience very much over the years, but she recently went in depth as to why she left. The director had this to say.'I did not believe that I could make a good movie out of the script that they were planning on doing. 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. You can't do movies you don't believe in. 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.'
Obviously, Patty Jenkins made the right decision. Thor 2 came out how it did and she would have been blamed for it, there's no doubt. Even Chris Hemsworth has said, 'The second one is meh.' Taika Waititi came on board for Thor: Ragnarok and reinvigorated the God of Thunder, while Jenkins went on to direct DC's Wonder Woman, which was absolutely massive. She also went on to direct Wonder Woman 1984 and fans will be able to hopefully see the finished product this summer.
While working on Thor 2 didn't work out, Patty Jenkins holds no ill will. 'I really have nothing but positive things to say about Marvel, because, honestly, they gave me that chance in the first place and it was not en vogue to do so,' she said. Marvel Studios does take a lot of chances and having Jenkins on board at that time would have been big, but she went out and found her own franchise to take on.
As for her thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok, she believes they found the right person for the job when they brought on Taika Waititi. She says, 'They found Thor's rightful director. Taika's so good for Thor. Oh my God, I love that movie. His tone with Thor was just masterful. That felt like pure Taika to me.' There's a lot of MCU fans who would agree with her, and more than a few who would have liked to have seen what she could...
With their passed appetizers, cocktail chatter, and gift bags, film premieres are essential to Hollywood — and in current circumstances, impossible. However, at least one premiere is moving forward in its own modified, social-distanced way: To celebrate the release of “Blow the Man Down” on Prime Video Friday, Amazon Studios has tapped a set of companies impacted by the crisis to bring the party to peoples’ homes — with everything but the schmooze included.
This evening, some 100 people in Los Angeles will receive a hand-delivered basket to enjoy on their couches in sweats. Put together by Annie Cambell Catering from local vendors, the Maine-themed dinner to match the film’s setting will include lobster rolls, heirloom carrots, and little gem salad for dinner, drinks from Helen’s Wines, truffles and blueberry cobbler from Valerie Confections, saltwater taffy from The Magic Nut & Candy Co., and even a linen set from Heather Taylor Home.
There’s a charitable component, too: Amazon is partnering with Italian restaurant Jon & Vinny's to provide over 10,000 meals to the Los Angeles Mission.
The directorial debut of Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, “Blow the Man Down” has received strong reviews and was a 2020 Independent Spirit Award nominee. Acquired by Amazon after its premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, the film’s release is technically unaffected by theater closings: The Amazon Original was an exclusive premiere on the streaming platform. However, Amazon intended to host a few catered word-of-mouth screenings as well as a premiere at the Metrograph in New York City.
The home-delivery solution is a clever way to safely bring attention to the title, but it also reflects the interconnection of the entertainment, events, and food businesses, and the need for creative solutions that can keep them afloat. Canceled events mean no catering; no catering means less business for farmers and butchers. That trickles down the food chain, no pun intended: US Census data estimates 3.7 million people in Los Angeles County work preparing or serving food.
“One hundred percent of our events are canceled,” said Campbell, who catered over 300 events last year. “This was an amazing opportunity for us not only to support ourselves and our team, but also some of the vendors that we are in the habit of doing business with on a weekly basis.”
Campbell’s company has pivoted to home-delivering seasonal meals, and she says many in her regular client roster of agents and entertainment attorneys have taken her up on it. Coupled with the Amazon job, Campbell said she’s optimistic about her company’s health: They’ve had to lay off one employee, but about 100 others, including bartenders and servers, are now earning...