Thor: Love and Thunder was originally four hours long – and Marvel fans are asking the studio to release it in its entirety.
As confirmed by director Taika Waititi (via collider (opens in new tab)), the upcoming Marvel movie, which hits theaters on July 8, was initially twice the official length of one hour and 59 minutes. If Thor: Love and Thunder had been released as a four-hour superhero movie, it would have cut the running time of the MCU’s longest current movie, Avengers: Endgame, out of the water by an hour.
Clearly though, the film’s final run time has been significantly shortened, likely due to the fact that certain scenes don’t fit the story Waititi and company are trying to tell. And that appears to be the case, with Waititi revealing that several scenes were left on the cutting room floor.
“It was about four hours [in total]”, he told Collider. “And a lot of time on set… We were talking about this before, like when, at the moment, you think, ‘This is the best thing anyone’s ever filmed in the history of filming stuff. And you enter the edit. You’re like, ‘I still like this.’ And then after about six months in the movie, you realize it was fun on the day, but it has nothing to do with the movie.”
Christian Bale, who plays the villainous Gorr the Butcher of God, lamented the removal of certain scenes from the final cut of the film in a separate conversation with collider (opens in new tab).
“There’s a lot I wish was in this movie,” he said. “You can’t have a four-hour movie because there’s so much gold on the cutting room floor, hilarious and scary as hell stuff, but that was maybe pushing you into a realm where you might not be able to be familiar, what we always wanted it to be.”
Some of the scenes that were cut seem, to coin Thor’s own phrase, to be worthy of inclusion. On the one hand, Bale said full movie (opens in new tab) that Gorr was originally going to dance to a Kate Bush song – she’s certainly in demand after Stranger Things season 4 utilized Bush’s track Running Up That Hill, which ended up earning her a number one hit on the charts.
Meanwhile, another dance scene would have seen Thor make a move or two to an ABBA song (for TV Critic Kevin McCarthy (opens in new tab)) – a sequence that would be complete with Thor shooting lightning with his fingertips. Suffice to say, it looks like we’re missing a ton of funny moments in the final cut of the Marvel Phase 4 movie.
So will the director’s cut of Thor: Love and Thunder see the light of day? Waititi and star Chris Hemsworth teased this when talking to Collider about the movie, but it’s unclear if we’ll be getting a Zack Snyder-style Justice League director’s cut anytime soon.
Opinion: Do it this way, Marvel
Unsurprisingly, comments from Waititi, Hemsworth and Bale piqued the interest of fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). So much so that, in fact, many have asked Marvel Studios to give the director’s cut of Thor 4.
like businessman Erich Reimer suggested on Twitter (opens in new tab), we think Disney Plus would be the ideal place to release a director’s cut of Thor: Love and Thunder. Warner Bros. has already shown that there is public demand for such a project on streaming services, with the company releasing Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max in March 2021. Why Disney and Marvel couldn’t do the same when Thor 4 finally comes to the streaming platform?
Other MCU fans were quick to ask Marvel to also release a director’s cut of the film. Twitter User Lighting Spider (opens in new tab) begged the studio to release the four-hour cut, while colleague Twitter user Menks101 (opens in new tab) teased that they would now be joining the ranks of starting a hashtag petition to release the director’s cut. Who wants to start the #releasethewaiititicut campaign then?
Another Marvel fan on Twitter at Goddess of Chaos (opens in new tab) stated that we would be missing “so many precious Korg moments”, implying that several Korg scenes were likely cut from the final version of the film. About that, TJDizzer0613 (opens in new tab) said they would “watch every second” of a four-hour Thor movie. Talk about dedicated.
On Reddit, several users had fun renaming Thor 4 to suit its original runtime. Unique_Unorque (opens in new tab) amusingly suggested that the film should be called Thor Four: Four Hours of Thor with Gorr, while Prince Nuada01 (opens in new tab) joked that it should be changed to Thor Four: with More Thor, Gorr, and Korg. Finally, HardasOoblekGenericName (opens in new tab) wrote that they would “pay more” to see the cut extended and dragon_yum (opens in new tab) agreed that Disney Plus would be the perfect place to release the director’s cut of the film.
The ball is in your court now, Marvel. Give the fans what we want, please and thank you.
For more MCU-based content, read why Marvel’s Blade reboot might not meet the 2023 release date. Alternatively, find out why Thor 4 might not be Chris Hemsworth’s last film in the MCU.