Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has elaborated on the different reported runtimes of the final cut of the film compared with what was confirmed at Comic-Con International in San Diego earlier this year. The reported runtime of the film at Comic-Con was said to be about 100 minutes, though the final cut has a runtime of 130 minutes.
In an interview with Collider, Waititi was asked about the runtime. He explained the reasoning for the conflicting reports, saying,"when I said it was going to be 100 minutes, we had just done our reshoots, so we knew it was going to come up from there."
He added, "but there was a world where I thought 'Yeah, it's going to maybe sit at 100 [minutes], definitely no more than 2 hours' and now it's just like, what, 2 hours 10 [minutes]?"
Waititi also revealed that his first cut of the film was much longer, about 30 minutes longer than the runtime of the final cut. "My first cut was about 2 hours and 40 minutes," he said. "That was a cut I was happy with. The assembly was about 3 hours 15 [minutes]."
When asked to elaborate on the 30 minutes removed from the first cut, Waititi said, "we cut out a lot more. When people asked me 'How long do you think the film is?', there was a time when it was going to be around 100 minutes. Well, after Comic-Con, we decided to put lots of the jokes back in."
Waititi also confirmed that the added 30 minutes to the Comic-Con cut contained no key scenes, only jokes. "No, it was all humour," he said. "Like jokes that went on too long." He concluded, “I knew if I put in more stuff, then it would be, it’d increase my chances of keeping a lot more of the other jokes.”
Thor: Ragnarok is already proving to be a massive critical success and is projected to be a huge commercial success with the domestic opening expected to net over $100M. Taika Waititi has already expressed interest in doing another Thor movie.
Thor: Ragnarok opens November 3 and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Karl Urban as Skurge.