8 People Who Must Be Fired From The Marvel Cinematic Universe

8. Alan Taylor

There's a good chance that Alan Taylor, who helmed what is arguably the weakest MCU movie ever made in Thor: The Dark World, won't actually find himself in a position to be invited back to helm another chapter in the ongoing saga. But just in case anybody over at Marvel is considering Taylor as a viable option for a future Thor movie (or any MCU movie for that matter), consider the fact that he's just about the most boring choice imaginable. Which is to say, Alan Taylor honed his talents in TV - a medium in which it is generally thought that a director should stay "anonymous." TV isn't really a place for auteurs - for people who view their works as an extension of themselves. Which is why Thor: The Dark World felt factory-made in the "Marvel Studios" vein to a fault. Taylor, fresh off of Game of Thrones, was presumably hired for his competence, skill with handling budgets, and willingness to conform to producers (in this case, Kevin Fiege). But do we really want somebody like Taylor, whose workmanlike approach to directing usually means that his work is entirely forgettable, involved? Probably not.

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.