Thor: Ragnarok has already debuted in many countries around the world, and there are some questions arising about missing characters, such as Jaimie Alexander’s Asgardian goddess Lady Sif. And while the film itself does explain away a break-up between Thor and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), some are asking where the other human characters like Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) and Darcy (Kat Dennings) are, and even if they were ever meant to be there to begin with.
Speaking with Cinem Blend, Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Eric Pearson talked about including and not including these characters, and what the word really was from the higher-ups at Marvel Studios. When asked if they ever made it into any version of the story, Pearson said:
No. No, they never did. This is such a different one, and Sakaar and the Hulk take up so much time. Sakaar is crazy enough on its own. If you brush by it… people probably already think it’s verging on too crazy. So, if you were to just gloss over that, then I think that people would have been bothered or not enjoyed it as much. So, we only had so much real estate — plus the introduction of Valkyrie, who I think really came together as a fantastic supporting character. Tessa was so great.
Regarding what the writing process was like and what kind of word he got from Marvel, Pearson plainly confessed that he had the freedom to not cram in as many characters as possible from the previous Thor films:
It was a bit under a crunch deadline building this script, and there are certain things that they told me [to use in the script], but they were like, ‘Don’t feel like you’ve got to work in everybody. Just make it as good and tight as you can.’
Honestly, this all makes sense. In the press tours, Chris Hemsworth has said that he had been feeling bored with where the character was going and wanted to shake things up. Marvel and Kevin Feige totally agreed, brought in Taika Waititi as director, and literally let them make up 80% of the dialogue in order to keep this flowing, spontaneous tone in order to freshen up the Thor series. With all of this change-up, the one thing you need to drop in order to make a new, unique movie is the stuff that slowed down the last two for many critics and fans. We’ll probably see Erik Selvig again in the future, but it’s highly unlikely we’ll get anymore from Darcy and especially Jane Foster. What do you think about never having these characters in Thor: Ragnarok? Sound off in the comments below!
Thor: Ragnarok is in cinemas right now for many countries, and is set for a North American release date of November 3.
Source: Cinema Blend
5 Marvel Supporting Characters Who Need To Join The ‘Thor’ World
Now that Thor: Ragnarok is finally in theaters, 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.
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