Thor: Love and Thunder wrapped its first weekend at the box office, totaling $302 million, a tremendous box office success. However, strong ticket sales haven’t necessarily translated to the ideal audience reception.
A common complaint about Thor’s fourth outing in the MCU is the film’s pacing, with specific plot points or scenes feeling rushed without giving them time to breathe. For example, Jane Foster’s transition into Mighty Thor takes place mostly off-screen as we only see the initial rumbling of Mjölnir. However, leaked footage from the Love and Thunder set reveals a scene filmed with Natalie Portman in her role, transitioning to Mighty Thor. The Tweet, circulated in March before the film was released, can be found below.
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Despite the success of Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Studios may have kept some restrictions on Waititi with his latest iteration of the character, evidenced by the sheer amount of deleted scenes that didn’t make their way into the final cut of the film. During the latest episode of House of R, The Ringer-Verses Joanna Robinson claims the filmmaker was told to keep the movie short.
“Taika having a blank check on this is absolutely not the case. He got more leeway than he got with Ragnarok, but there was a mandate to bring this movie in under two hours. This comes in under two hours and they cut a ton of stuff out of this movie. Taika is on record as not being in director’s cuts. We know Jeff Goldblum, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey [were supposed to appear] and Simon Russell Beale appeared as Dionysus and had like two lines in this movie but has an above-the-line credit, so he was supposed to be in this more. Gorr was definitely supposed to come in and kill a bunch of other people.”
Audiences could only hope for an expanded director’s cut of the film, although it’s almost entirely out of the question. Fans of the Thor franchise and Waititi felt as though Gorr (Christian Bale) was underutilized, and several scenes throughout the film should’ve been fleshed out more than they were. For now, we can enjoy Love and Thunder for what it is and wait to see if any additional aspects of the film ever see the light of day.
Don’t Hold Out Hope for a Director’s Cut
Earlier this month, Waititi spoke with NME on director’s cuts, and the filmmaker is not a fan.
“I’ve been thinking about director’s cuts. I watch director’s cuts of a lot of other directors. They suck. Director’s cuts are not good. Directors need to be controlled sometimes and if I was to say, ‘ah you wanna watch my director’s cut? It’s four and a half hours long!’ It’s not good, at four and a half hours. There’s a lot of cup-of-tea breaks in there, you don’t even have to pause it.”
The filmmaker added that his director cut would ‘probably have a few more jokes in there. There might be a couple of deleted scenes but as I always say, a scene is deleted because it’s not good enough to be in the film.’ Given Waititi’s passionate answer regarding a potential director’s cut, it’s safe to assume audiences will never be getting one of Thor: Love and Thunder.