If you’re holding out for a director’s cut of Thor: Love and Thunder, we have some bad news for you.
With a run time just under two hours, Thor: Love and Thunder is shorter than the vast majority of Marvel Studios’ films. And while it’s known some scenes were cut from the film, don’t be expecting a new cut of the film as writer and director Taika Waititi is not a fan of them.
“Director’s cuts are not good,” Waititi told NME. “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.”
“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,” he said. “I think the deleted scenes section on the DVD, not that they use them anymore, should just be a list of the scenes and no links so you can’t click on them!”
He told Collider about his original four-hour cut of the film. “It was about four hours. And a lot of time on set … We were talking about this before, like when, in the moment, you’re like, ‘This is the greatest thing that anyone’s ever filmed in the history of filming things. ’And you get into the edit. You’re like, ‘I still kind of like it.’ And then, after about six months of it being in the movie, you realize it was fun on the day, but it doesn’t have any business being in the movie… Really, about five times, it just gives up on the story and for like 10, 15 minutes of just telling jokes… It’s more of an assembly [than a film].”
Chris Hemsworth, Thor himself, added, ”[it was the most] Batshit crazy, wild, four-hour cut I’ve ever seen… It was about four hours. It was like a Monty Python sketch… I wouldn’t call it a movie… the story was sacrificed for jokes.”
It sounds as though the right choice was made.
Thor: Love and Thunder is currently in theaters.