For the most part, Thor 3‘s deleted scenes are pretty standard. They’re mostly focused on the Sakaar side of the story, featuring copious extended adlibbing between Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner and, most prominently, Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. There is an interesting hint at Skurge’s redemption (he spies Heimdall escaping the city but lets him go, defying Hela early) and an extended Hulk/Thor bromance chase before the green goliath reverts to Bruce, but for the most part, it’s standard extension.
One scene, however, stands out because it’s actually different: Thor in the Sanctum Sanctorum. It starts with Doctor Strange yanking out a strand of Thor’s hair to find Odin, who he reveals is still in Manhattan. After a back-and-forth over how Strange can’t shift Mjolnir, he provides Thor with a key to where Loki is being held: in this version, a toilet cubicle. The hair pull happens in the finished film, but everything is noticeably different: straight after turning the golden lock into some magic, Ragnarok smash cuts to Strange’s stairwell, where he frees Loki from his never-ending fall, Thor grabs the Mjolnir umbrella without debate, and the brothers step into Norway.
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Different locations, different character positionings, different modes of transport: this is a totally different opening to Thor: Ragnarok. And yet the deleted scenes are still hiding the big thing.
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Odin’s Original Death
Thor 3 brought with it some big changes for the MCU (albeit no Soul Stone), with Asgard destroyed by Odinson in a bid to defeat his sister Hela, Loki swiping the Tesseract from Odin’s vault, and Miek gallantly almost giving his life to help Korg’s revolution. But perhaps the most essential, one that shook the God of Thunder to his core and may have finally removed one of Thanos’ final barriers to leading an all-out Infinity War, was the death of Odin.
That said, the farewell to the Allfather in the version of Ragnarok that hammered the box office last November was a little different to promised. In 2016, set photos gifted us “Hobo Odin” – an exiled Anthony Hopkins dressed up in a tattered, homeless getup in the streets of New York – and the early trailers showed Thor first confronting Hela in a Manhattan alley. The conclusion drawn was that Thor would find his father in NYC, only for him to die – possibly at the hands of his daughter – before Hela destroyed Mjolnir and sent the God to Sakaar.
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The plot thickened with the suggestion that this sequence would also reveal the location of the Soul Stone: behind Odin’s eye. This came from the assumption the last Infinity Stone had to be in Ragnarok, bolstered by a shot of Hela in that New York alley surrounding by an orange glow very similar to the movie Soul Gem’s coloring. Of course, that’s since been disproven, but will be important later.
Odin’s Death Was Completely Changed
Of course, this was not what happened in the movie itself. Marvel shifted the action to Norway, with Odin living out his final moments in tranquility on a nondescript cliff. Once Thor and Loki arrive, he shares some touching final words before disappearing in a shower of light. Then Hela turns up, destroys the hammer, and the movie continues in its Planet Hulk direction.
The first suggestion something had changed came with a TV spot in early October 2017 that moved the location of the Mjolnir’s destruction, immediately catching our attention. Further sleuthing revealed this was indeed the product of the film’s three-week reshoots: everything from the smash cut in the Sanctum Sanctorum to the staircase (a set presumably borrowed from Avengers: Infinity War) through to the portal to Asgard from Norway wasn’t in the original cut and only filmed in mid-2017. The same presumably goes for Hopkin’s vision scenes later in the film.
Definitely a shame (the grimy alley fight looked to be a perfect way to evoke Highlander, a movie Ragnarok shared common ground with), what’s truly shocking is why it was cut. Shortly after the release, Taika Waititi explained it was a result of test screenings; Odin’s death made audiences “feel too sorry for him“ and so the decision was made to go with something more calming and regal. Essentially, they changed the death of one of the MCU’s most powerful beings because it was too emotional. That’s a questionable move, one that lines up with the criticism that Thor: Ragnarok was focused on “fun” to an extreme degree.
However, what’s most interesting about Waititi’s statement was that he said it “might be on the DVD“. It isn’t. Why?
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