Thor: Ragnarok is stated to be a big piece of the puzzle in the lead-up to Avengers: Infinity War, but as it turns out, the film is going to have a much, much more concise running time than fans would have initially expected. Not only will it be the shortest Thor movie, but it will also be the shortest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Speaking with Collider, director Taika Waititi revealed that he expects Thor: Ragnarok’s final running time to be well below two hours:
“The cut right now, I reckon it’s about 100 minutes. It’s not gonna be a very, very long film. I think that stories are better when you leave them wanting more, and this film moves at a clip, it’s got stuff happening all the time. I think people are still gonna feel exhausted by the end, they’ve been on this big journey and stuff, so I don’t think we need the film to be three hours.”
For frame of reference, the previous contender for the shortest MCU movie – The Incredible Hulk – clocked in at about 112 minutes. It should also be noted that this running time does not include the time added by post-credits scenes, which the movie will certainly have.
For those of you who feel like this is too slim of a cut for the concluding movie in the Thor trilogy, don’t panic; Waititi also noted that his movie will have an abundance of deleted scenes on the Blu-Ray when that hits, which he suggested was to make the film have the best pacing possible. Perhaps having a movie that doesn’t feel too long – like the recently-released Dunkirk – will do Thor: Ragnarok favors in the long run.
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, and Cate Blanchett as Hela.