One of the oldest MCU mysteries has now been solved. Originally, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins was hired by Marvel Studios to direct Thor: The Dark World, but she left just a few months after being announced as the director. People have hatched crazy conspiracy theories why that happened over the years, but now we know directly from her why she left.
In a big feature in Vanity Fair, Jenkins addresses the departure:
“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.” The director shook her head. “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.”
MCU fans will remember that all of that happened back when the Marvel Creative Committee was still running the show at Marvel, which caused a lot of headaches for Kevin Feige before Iger put him directly in charge in 2015. One wonders if the same thing would’ve happened if Jenkins was asked to direct a MCU movie without that committee running the show.