Today, we have some new information about these end credit stingers, or cookies as they are called in the business. Do not read any further if you want the mid-credit sequence to be a surprise.
The mid-credit sequence for Thor: The Dark World sets up Guardians of the Galaxy, revealing a first look at a blonde haired Benicio Del Toro as The Collector. And guess what? Director Alan Taylor doesn't like it much. In fact, he wants fans to know that he had nothing to do with it, that he didn't direct it, and that he feels it does not fit the tone of his film at all.
"I absolutely did not [direct it]. I am very happy to not take responsibility."
When asked if Guardians of the Galaxy's director James Gunn directed the sequence, Alan Taylor seemed hesitant to answer.
"I wouldn't blame it on James Gunn...Er... I wouldn't attribute it to James Gunn... it's clearly his sets and his characters...I am very happy not to take responsibility for that..."
What seems to be the problem with this footage that doesn't even last more than three minutes?
"It's a different tone. I would have shot it differently. But I think it's cool that it reaches out and touches that other universe. That universe is coming. The Guardians universe is really cool and wacky...But that sequence in the credits, I would say, is the only part of the movie where I'm happy to give the credit away..."
Knowing that Alan Taylor is unhappy with the footage, Marvel's Kevin Feige confirmed that James Gunn was responsible for it. And that it was shot very recently, within the past three or four weeks.
Should we be worried for Guardians of the Galaxy? Probably not, as this is a quick scene that ties into a much bigger world. And apparently, it's a world that's quite different from Thor: The Dark World.
Thor: The Dark World was released November 8th, 2013 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson. The film is directed by Alan Taylor.
Guardians of the Galaxy was released August 1st, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.