Although the 2018 superhero epic Avengers: Infinity War is shaping up to be the longest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date, the next feature in the studio’s slate, Thor: Ragnarok, looks to take the opposite approach, with director Taika Waititi confirming its surprisingly short estimated run time.
“The cut right now, I reckon it’s about 100 minutes,” he told Collider at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “It’s not gonna be a very, very long film. I think that stories are better when you leave them wanting more, and this film moves at a clip, it’s got stuff happening all the time. I think people are still gonna feel exhausted by the end, they’ve been on this big journey and stuff, so I don’t think we need the film to be three hours.”
If Thor: Ragnarok does end up at 100 minutes, it will mark the shortest MCU film since 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, which clocked in at 112 minutes. And while many of Marvel’s movies boast run times ranging anywhere from 115 to 130 minutes, it’s fairly common for most mainstream superhero films to push well past the two-hour mark.
However, Waititi confirmed that despite offering a leaner theatrical presentation, Thor: Ragnarok will still have plenty of extras for its Blu-ray and DVD release. “There will be a lot of deleted scenes,” the director said. “Great scenes. Funny, funny moments that—you can’t have it all. As I say you gotta kill those puppies, so we had to take some of those things out. Those scenes will exist so people will be able to see them.”
Arriving Nov. 3, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
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