Following the recent premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder, director Taika Waititi reveals his strong distaste for director’s cuts. Waititi’s addition to the MCU for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok brought about a newfound interest in the Thor series with his fresh, humorous take. Following this incredible success, the actor and director returned for the MCU’s latest release, Thor: Love and Thunder.
Thor: Love and Thunder is partially based on the 2014 comic book run "Original Sin” which saw Mjolnir held by Jane Foster after Thor cannot wield it. Despite this, the director encouraged spontaneity while filming, letting the actors try new things even if it changed key plot elements. Waititi would film several versions of each scene, requiring the actors to explore something new with each take. This resulted in various alternate versions of scenes that didn’t end up in the final movie, according to Natalie Portman who plays Jane in Thor: Love and Thunder. Portman revealed Waitit’s latest project was overflowing with great material as there were “whole sequences, planets, characters, and worlds” that were removed while still managing to have a fantastic final cut.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
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With so much material left out of the movie, a director’s cut of Thor: Love and Thunder wouldn’t be unexpected. However, that seems less likely following Waititi’s interview with NME where he revealed that he hates director’s cuts. The lengthy run time of many director’s cuts has put Waititi off them, commenting that they’re often full of “cup-of-tea breaks” where the viewer can leave without missing anything. Read Waititi’s blunt opinion on director’s cuts below:
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.
Thor: Love and Thunder currently sits at just under two hours long with a 119-minute run time. Two hours has become the cinematic average for most Marvel movies, making the fourth Thor film the shortest MCU movie since 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. Although it can be interesting to see what a director would have left in the film given the chance, Waititi does have a point about their excessive length, some even almost doubling their original run time like Baz Luhrmann’s staggering 4-hour-long director's cut of the Elvis movie.
Statements from the cast and crew have confirmed that there was a lot of Thor: Love and Thunder left on the cutting room floor. With this in mind, there’s been a lot of noise surrounding a Thor: Love and Thunder director’s cut as fans call for Marvel to #ReleaseTheWaititiCut. The director did give fans some idea of what is missing from the latest MCU movie, hinting at several musical sequences featuring more Abba, and Kate Bush’s "This Woman’s Work". Given Waititi’s unfavorable opinion on director’s cuts, it doesn’t seem like fans will be seeing an extended version of Thor: Love and Thunder any time soon, but Waititi likely believes fans are better off without it.