‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Says Early Cuts ‘Failed Miserably’

Thor: Ragnarok Taika Waititi RuntimeDirector Taika Waititi explains that his initial cut of Thor: Ragnarokwhich was apparently 100 minutes or so – didn’t go over particularly well with audiences, explaining why the movie’s running time is now over two hours.

As a director, Waititi is generally known for keeping his movies short – most of his directorial efforts are actually under 90 minutes in length, and his longest movie prior to Thor: Ragnarok – Hunt for the Wilderpeople – only clocked in at 101 minutes. But when talking to Comic Book Resources, Waititi discovered at test screenings that having a concise approach wasn’t going to work out for this particular movie. When asked about finding the right running time for the movie, Waititi explained:

“It was very tricky… We spent a lot of time in post-production, actually, figuring that out. It’s a very hard thing to strike that balance throughout two hours and 30 minutes, however many minutes this thing is, for that much time that you’re engaging in a film. And sometimes it would be funny in the beginning of the film and then not funny at all for the rest of the film. Or sometimes it was funny in the wrong places and in the end, we had to just keep testing jokes and testing parts of the film sometimes. So we failed miserably and had a funny first 10 minutes and then a super-boring rest of the movie. But that’s luckily why you have such a long time in post-production, because you can test all these things out and get the very best film that you can.”

A “funny” Thor movie about the Norse Apocalypse is about the last thing a lot of fans expected, but it seems as though the movie’s gags actually played out in its favor – the movie is tracking incredibly well, and critics are incredibly enthusiastic over the movie. Perhaps another Thor trilogy ought to be on the cards if this new one does so well.

Thor: Ragnarok collides on November 3, 2017, with a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, Mark Ruffalo as Doctor Bruce Banner (The Hulk), Tesssa Thompson as Valkyrie, Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin Borson, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Karl Urban as Skurge, Jeff Goldblum as En Dwi Gast (The Grandmaster), Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson, Cate Blanchett as Hela, and Clancy Brown as Surtur.

Source: Comic Book Resources

5 Marvel Supporting Characters Who Need To Join The ‘Thor’ World

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Thor Chris Hemsworth Marvel Cinematic UniverseNow that Thor: Ragnarok is behind us, it’s time for fans to start speculating about where the God of Thunder is likely to go next! As things continue to change for Thor moving forward, it’s only fitting that the world around him starts to expand. Ragnarok is introducing newcomers Hela and Skurge to the Marvel Cinematic Universe family, but there’s always room for more expansion.

Thor has a rich group of supporting characters that have either gone on adventures with him or faced him on the battlefield. Some of Thor’s main companions, like Lady Sif and the Warriors Three, have already been introduced and become fan-favorite characters for MCU viewers. Given that Marvel Studios seems to like shaking things up, it seems likely that some of Thor’s lesser-known acquaintances will end up on the big screen soon enough.

Hit Next to find out about five characters who should join Thor on his next solo adventure!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

  • KnightSecular_

    Well, I like engaging in film experiences, we watch tv shows hours on end, why is it so bad that a movie is long? Movies dont need to much comedy, thats not what keeps me interested. Lotr had barley any, yet the mythology was immersive and the story was engaging and fun, it was able to be dark and amazing at the same time because the characters were interesting. With marvel its like everything is some cgi trash that seems to have never of existed except in that shot, the comedy takes you out of it because how would korg be able to understand our brand of humor? Its stupid and takes away from what could be an immersive epic experience but instead its like a one and dead comedy sketch that jumps from set piece to set piece.

    Done with movies like that, even thor ragnarok, while the hulk was great, wasted a lot of time on dumb bs.