This post is spoiler-free (only vague scene descriptions and no reveals of any surprises). Comments may end up with spoilers. Just FYI. I was surprised to find that it’s actually public knowledge which scenes were added to Thor: The Dark World, per director Alan Taylor’s comments to media a while back. All we knew at the time is that they involved Loki, and Hiddleston and Hopkins were both called in for them.
So this article fills us in with the following:
It’s my experience with the Marvel process they save a portion of the budget for this and what we were basically doing. A lot of it was getting more Loki stuff, because we realized how successful he was in the movie, so we sort of “Loki-ed it up” a little bit.
There’s a scene that we probably shouldn’t identify too much, that’s one of the funniest scenes in the movie where Loki’s a shapeshifter. That was a very, very late addition. And there’s a connective thing at the beginning that bridges from The Avengers story to sort of explain how Loki is in prison or why he is in prison. That was a very, very late addition. That was probably “more Loki is a good thing,” but also we decided it was an expositional link that was needed for the audience. So those are two examples of Loki stuff.
A great example then, too, that the studio took note of how many fans Hiddleston/Loki has. For Joss Whedon fans, the same article also specifies (well, one of them only vaguely) which scenes Whedon had a hand in re-writing.
The same article also quotes Hiddleston on the added scenes:
[The bridge scene and morphing] were the only scenes [added], yeah. What does it do, adding scenes? It’s interesting, because I had actually always wanted there to be that scene with Odin. I remember saying when I first got the draft of the script, “Shouldn’t he have a scene with Odin where you see them lock horns one more time?” So I was very glad to do that and I think it makes more sense of the references to Odin all the way through the film.
And the morphing scene was just so fun. It was just adding more mischief, more playfulness to the character. His charm is so much of the character and is a facet I love to play. I suppose the challenge of adding stuff later is just trying to capture the same psychological and emotional continuity, because there were many months between… Of course when you’re shooting, that’s when you’re focused solely on that particular job and then once you wrap you go off and get distracted by other things, other projects in your life. So it’s having the discipline to shift back into the right gear, but it was worth it.
I think both were great additions. But…didn’t they have to bring back Hemsworth for the morphing scene, too? Or did they “magically” add stuff in, like how Volstagg was magically placed in front of the other three (he wasn’t originally in the scene) when they arrived in Puente Antiguo?
Grateful for the scene with Odin for the reasons Hiddleston cited, and agree with Alan Taylor that structurally it was probably necessary, since some viewers will surely be casual viewers and maybe saw Thor only once, or possibly never, having only seen The Avengers. If there were any total newbies, well, good luck!