Scenes you never got to see in Thor: Ragnarok

With a runtime of 130 minutes, Thor: Ragnarok isn't exactly a short movie, but it would have been a lot longer if director Taika Waititi had gotten his way. The New Zealander put himself on Hollywood's radar in 2014 when his outrageously funny vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows became a critical smash, and Marvel hired him to bring that same irreverent humor to the third Thor installment, giving him the freedom to make the most unconventional Marvel movie yet. Much of his method relied on improvisation—Waititi encouraged leading man Chris Hemsworth to bounce off his co-stars and there was a lot of ad-libbing, which meant that tons of the material they filmed didn't end up being used.

While a good chunk of that footage probably belonged on the cutting room floor, there were some moments of pure gold that had to be removed due to time restraints. A number of other great moments were also axed because they affected the pace and/or tone of the film, though luckily for us the cast and crew have spilled the beans about everything we missed. From flashbacks to Thor's teens to alternate post-credit tags, these are the scenes you never got to see in Thor: Ragnarok.

Bisexual Valkyrie

During an interview with The Independent, Tessa Thompson revealed that Waititi pitched the part of Valkyrie as "the Han Solo of the movie" when they met to discuss it, and the Creed star occupied that space perfectly. Thompson has received heaps of praise for her performance as the hard-drinking, ass-kicking Asgardian warrior (Vulture called it "euphoric and emboldening"), and now she's revealed that there was supposed to be a scene that addressed her character's sexuality.

Thompson and Waititi agreed that Valkyrie liked women as well as men, and they even shot a scene in which a lady can be seen exiting her bedroom. According to Rolling Stone, it was eventually decided that the moment took the focus away from some of the vital exposition happening around it. Thompson pointed out that glimpses of her character's bisexuality are still visible in the final cut, if you know where to look: "There's a great shot of me falling back from one of my sisters who's just been slain," she said. "In my mind, that was my lover."

The Grandmaster comes to Earth

Thor: Ragnarok's mid-credit scene had pretty huge implications for the immediate future of the MCU, with Thor, Valkyrie, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Heimdall (Idris Elba) and what remains of the Asgardian people escaping their doomed planet only to run into Thanos (Josh Brolin) en route to Earth. The post-credit scene, however, was simply a fun way to say farewell to the film's secondary villain the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), though the version seen in cinemas was just one of many that they actually shot.

Waititi even did a take that involved Goldblum's character and his cranky right-hand-woman ending up on Earth, something he'd planned to include in the final cut for a long time. "It was going to be Topaz and Grandmaster stowing away on the ship at the end," he told Collider. "That could be on the DVD in the deleted scenes, those two in the crowd of the Asgardians and he pushes through and goes, 'I've never heard of this Earth place but… We got to keep a low profile.' And they kind of put these blankets over their heads and disband into the crowd."

Sakaarian national anthem

Of course, the scene Waititi wound up going with doesn't show the Grandmaster stowing away aboard Thor's rescue ship—it shows him hiding out on Sakaar, the planet he used to rule before the Revengers came along. After Thor and crew instigate an uprising, the Grandmaster is forced to go into hiding, and in the post-credit scene we see him coming face to face with angry rebels. "It's a tie," he tells them.

In another alternate version of the scene, the Grandmaster attempts to win his power back, with meaningful musical accompaniment. "We even did the Sakaarian national anthem which we made up on the spot, which will hopefully be on the DVD at some point," Waititi told Digital Spy. "That was something we had so much fun doing. He tried to start a new revolution to topple the old revolution with the people who were ousting him. All sorts of different things emerged from that. The great thing about Jeff is he's so receptive to new things. Most of the stuff involving him in the film was stuff we found on the day on set, because he's a genius at improvising and he's willing to try anything."

Thor hates Valkyrie

Because Waititi went out of his way to nurture an environment of improvisation, different takes would barely resemble one another and there were tons of options to choose from. Co-editor Zene Baker told Screen Rant that he and his partner in the suite, Joel Negron, loved those "little magic moments" that ad-libbing brings, and he revealed that there was one moment in particular that he was sad to see go.

"There's one that didn't make it in the final film and is more of a little character thing that Chris did for Thor that Joel and I fought for," he said. "He sees Val in the gladiator prep area, where she's drinking the flaming drink and he confronts her and, you know, the guys come to drag him away and in an alternate take as they're dragging him away, Thor is like, "I hate you… I hate you so much," to Val. That never made it up and Joel and I always really liked that."

The noodle worm scene

Screenwriter Eric Pearson, a former pizza delivery guy who rose through the ranks of the Marvel Writer's Program, rarely saw the light of day during the first months of 2016. He spent almost every waking hour making his contribution to the Thor: Ragnarok script, which several writers worked on at different stages. His biggest concern was how his revelation that antagonist Hela (Cate Blanchett) was Thor's sister would go down with the top brass, but he was relieved to find out that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was a huge fan of this twist. Not everything Pearson penned wound up being used, however, as he explained to Yahoo! Movies.

"[There was] a scene that we f***ing rewrote, like, 10 million times," he said. "It was an emotional check-in moment with Bruce Banner and Thor before the finale, with Banner eating alien food and trying to be serious. It [looks like] spaghetti, but then he realizes the thing he's eating is alive on the end." Pearson put a lot of work into the scene, but in the end he was forced to concede that it was bad for the overall pace. "I spent so much time on it, and it just never made it in. We thought it was this pivotal character moment, and it never had a place. It crushed the momentum."

Hulk vs Loki

Thor: Ragnarok is quite rightly being hailed as the funniest Marvel Cinematic Universe film to date, but it certainly isn't the first to masterfully blend action sequences with moments of humor. Joss Whedon might not be quite as dry as Waititi is in terms of his style, but the director also has an undeniable talent for injecting levity into a movie in just the right places, as he did in 2012's The Avengers when Hulk (still sulking from their earlier scrap) sucker punches Thor right out of the frame.

Waititi actually planned to pay homage to this fan favorite scene in Thor: Ragnarok by having Hulk do the exact same thing to Thor's brother Loki, but he was forced to leave his version on the cutting room floor. "They all land on the bridge—Thor, Loki and then Hulk," he told Empire. "They stand for a second, then Hulk just smashes Loki, punches him out of the frame, just like in Avengers when Hulk did it to Thor. It was a crowd favorite, but we just had to get rid of it for time. It might be on the DVD."

Loki and Thor's flashback

One early idea Waititi had for Thor: Ragnarok was to include a series of flashbacks to show the audience what Thor's relationship with his troublesome brother was like when they were both teenagers. There's a scene in the final cut of the movie in which the God of Thunder recalls one of the times that Loki pranked him as a kid, but if the director had gotten it his way, he would have actually filmed it.

"We always wondered, could we put in these flashbacks and make them work? To me it still feels like a great idea," Waititi said during an interview with Business Insider. In the end, he decided that it was a case of all or nothing when it came to his flashback idea, and there simply wasn't room in the runtime to make it a repeating gag. "It was very hard to justify doing," he said. "It would have felt like just this one-off little flashback and it needed more. It would have been funnier if it was this ongoing thing where we had more and more of those stories through the movie."

Fat Thor and emo Loki flashback

Yes, you read that correctly. One of the other flashback ideas Waititi had in mind involved a fat Thor and an emo Loki with a backdrop of '80s Asgard. The helmer told Den of Geek that he included clips from brat pack classic Sixteen Candles in his sizzle reel to give Marvel an idea of how the flashbacks would feel, though sadly they never came to pass.

"I wanted to do some flashbacks where Thor was a kid, a fat little kid," he told Collider. "There was like an '80s version of Asgard where everyone had massive shoulder pads, and everyone had mullets. Our idea was Thor and Valkyrie meet and he's like, 'Hey, I know you,' and she's like 'Ha, I remember you,' and then it cuts back to this thing and he's just this pudgy little kid walking around with a mullet and being picked on by other kids. And Loki's like this little emo goth hanging out by himself. He was like the kid in Harry Potter."

Hobo Odin

Marvel fans couldn't stop talking about "Hobodin" when set photos of a homeless-looking Anthony Hopkins first emerged, but this scene was eventually cut from the final version of Thor: Ragnarok because it didn't have the impact Waititi was looking for. "We wanted the scene to have more of an emotional resonance around Odin and the sons," the director told Yahoo! Movies. "We wanted it to be a very special moment between them, where Odin acknowledges Loki as his son, and the three of them [are] together, there in that moment."

The scene originally took place in New York City where Odin had been laying low living on the streets, but the location was changed to Norway (the birth place of the Norse mythology Marvel's Thor comics are based on) to give the moment the gravitas it needed. "It's the first time we've really seen them all together in the same room alone, connecting, and you just can't f***ing do that in New York, you know?" Waititi added. "You can't even do that in real life in New York, have an emotional connection in an alleyway, so that was a very distracting environment in the end."

Mjolnir's destruction

Hela's destruction of Thor's mighty hammer Mjolnir comes right after the aforementioned Odinson family reunion, so this scene was also originally slated to happen in the city, not atop a cliff on the idyllic Norwegian coastline. Early trailers showed the Goddess of Death effortlessly catching and then shattering Thor's hammer in a dingy New York back alley, the same alley where Thor and Loki were supposed to discover the Allfather until Waititi decided it would be more beneficial (and more believable) to change the setting to Europe.

"What we wanted to do was have them go down to Earth and they see Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and stuff, but it felt too convenient that [Odin] was suddenly just down the road in an alley," Waititi explained in an interview with Digital Spy (via CBR). "And also everything, up to then, everything was so fast-paced and all over the place. We wanted to go somewhere peaceful and actually chill out with those characters and be with Odin while he imparts this wisdom and stuff, and not have to hear stupid yellow cabs honking out the back."

Other moments from the trailers that never made it

There were several moments from the trailers that never wound up making the final cut, for varying reasons. One of the coolest shots from the promotional footage was Thor confronting Hela after she taunts him by asking, "What were you the God of, again?" Both of his eyes glow with lightning, though at this point in the movie she's already gouged one of them out. The ads were edited with both eyes still intact so as not to give the game away, because nobody likes spoilers in trailers. 

Another standout shot that got fans super excited for the movie was the one in which Loki flips his knives in slow motion as a battle rages behind him, though sadly, despite its cinematic quality and general awesomeness, it wound up getting the axe. It looks as though it takes place during the final stages of the film, but when Loki meets up with Thor and co on the Bifrost Bridge, he isn't twirling knives. In fact, the shot of Thor, Loki, Valkyrie and Hulk standing side by side in a nice straight line on the bridge is also nowhere to be seen in the final film, as Hulk is busy fighting Hela's giant wolf Fenris at that stage in the proceedings.