Marvel Studios and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok changed certain scenes during reshoots, but thanks to photos from the film’s New York City set, we know of at least one deleted scene. Marvel is notorious for keeping the productions on its various projects as under wraps as possible and while many of the larger set pieces can be kept secret because they’re shot on sound stages, scenes shot out in the open – like on a busy New York City sidewalk – are harder to keep from leaking online. Certainly, Marvel fans have learned quite a lot from various set photos over the years, including getting glimpses at climactic moments or finding out that a character thought to be dead is returning.
For its part, Thor: Ragnarok filmed a few scenes in New York City that were captured by set photographers. These Thor: Ragnarok photos spoiled the return of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) father and Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) adoptive father, after he was banished from Asgard by the God of Mischief at the end of Thor: The Dark World. These photos featured a version of Odin who seems to have been living on the streets – but that version of Odin doesn’t appear in the final cut of Thor: Ragnarok, indicating this scene was left on the cutting room floor.
Fans who have been following the marketing for Thor: Ragnarok noticed that the location of where Hela (Cate Blanchett) destroys Mjolnir changed from the first trailer to the more recent teasers for the film. Instead of taking place in an alley, presumably in New York City, Hela now appears on an expansive and beautiful field as she crushes Mjolnir. Since a TV spot for Thor: Ragnarok shows Odin’s return on that same field, we can presume Hopkins’ scenes were changed during reshoots from the cityscape to the field as well.
As Waititi explained, the setting of Thor and Loki’s reunion with Odin as well as Hela’s destruction of Mjolnir was changed to give the scenes more weight – and a less distracting setting than New York City, with cabs honking in the background. While fans are able to compare the different scenes of Hela destroying Mjolnir since the early version appears in all its blue lightning glory in the early Thor: Ragnarok trailers, we never got a glimpse of the alternate version of Odin.
Since we never saw Hopkins’ Odin as he was dressed in the New York City set photos in Thor: Ragnarok, we can’t compare how much the scene was changed by reshoots, but the appearance of Odin obviously changed a great deal. During the New York City shoot he wore raggedy clothes and had messy hair, while his costume in the field is seemingly cleaner. Other than that though, we don’t know if the script for this scene was changed at all, or if Hopkins’ performance was different, so it’s unclear whether just the setting was changed or more. Presumably, since it’s an important scene in the overall story of Ragnarok, and a formative moment for Thor especially, the content of the scene wasn’t changed too much.
Of course, it’s possible the original scene will be included with the home release of Thor: Ragnarok as a deleted scene – perhaps along with the cut scene confirming Valkyrie’s bisexuality – but that won’t be until after the Marvel Studios movie has finished up its run in theaters. While we may know Odin’s New York City scene was cut from Thor: Ragnarok, it remains to be seen whether fans will ever get to see what that original scene entailed – or if it will remain a mystery.
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