Put it to a poll and most people will say that Thor: The Dark World is easily the worst film in the MCU. To be fair, that only means it's the worst of a very, very good bunch with a benchmark that most films would struggle to get anywhere near.
Still, thanks to production issues, a misguided script and the dreaded studio interference, it is a step down from the rest of the pack for the most part. It definitely has its moments, of course, and some of the Loki scenes are among his best, but it all falls down in the end.
As we look ahead to Avengers: Endgame, we're once more looking back to the past and the film that gave us a Captain America cameo, Stellan Skarsgard's naked backside and several completely needless side characters...
10. Patty Jenkins Wanted It To Be Romeo & Juliet In Space
Before she earned major plaudits for making Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins was initially hired to make Thor: The Dark World and years after she was removed from the project over "creative differences", she spoke to Indiewire about her time on the project:
“It was painful and sad because I really loved those guys and I loved the idea of us making a Thor together, but it’s one of those things. You have to make sure that the movie you want to make is fully the right movie for that studio too. It was heartbreaking, but I also knew that it was good… I knew that it was good because I didn’t think I could make a great film out of their script.”
Despite Marvel clearly not agreeing, Jenkins' plan was to make a “Romeo-and-Juliet-esque space opera that hinged on the separation of Thor and Jane Foster.” It's no wonder Natalie Portman was more enthusiastic about her vision than the drab, paint-by-numbers villain fantasy we ended up with.
Jenkins backed out because she knew it would be more difficult for her to recover than a male director, which is just the worst thing to have to face up to:
“If I do it, and it’s what I think it’s gonna be, I can’t help the fact that it will represent women directors everywhere, and then that’s going to be bad for everybody… As heartbreaking as it was, I was also like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t do something I don’t believe in, in that big of a scale. I knew that that was going to set [not only] me back, but also women directors back.”