WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, now available for digital download.
Available for digital download beginning today, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok comes jam-packed with more than an hour’s worth of bonus content, including extended and deleted scenes. We’ve scoured the features for director Taika Waititi’s blockbuster sequel, analyzing what wound up on the cutting-room floor, and have provided some context and opinions about what should and shouldn’t have made the final edit.
The God of Thunder & the Sorcerer Supreme
This is an alternate version of the last half of the meeting between Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. Instead of using Thor’s hair to open a portal to bring back Loki, and then send the two Asgardians to meet Odin, the Sorcerer Supreme points out on a New York City map where Loki and Odin are, and sends Thor on his way. And rather than Thor calling Mjolnir through the rooms of Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum and hearing it crash its way to his open fist, he asks Strange to call it from across the room. Strange points out they both know he can’t do that, and Thor enjoys a moment of superiority … until Umbrellnir opens and becomes much, much harder to fear.
Strange also tells Thor he senses a great change in the god’s future and says, “Destiny has dire plans for you, my friend.” It’s an extra bit of foreshadowing of what Odinson will face in a matter of hours, and it feels a little heavy-handed considering how quickly Hela shows up after Thor and Loki leave New York. And speaking of Loki …
Instead of leaving the trickster to fall in interd-imensional transit for 30 minutes, in this version, Strange simply locks him in a Porta-Potty that can only be opened with a magic key. Or rather, it can only reveal/release Loki with the use of a magic key. When Thor finally makes it over there and explains the delay, Loki hisses, “No one else needed a key.” God only knows what he saw in there.
Race to the Wormhole
This extended version of the Commodore’s attempt to get to the Devil’s Anus and off Sakaar includes an extra few minutes aboard the Grandmaster’s ship as Valkyrie, Thor and Banner pilot it into the wormhole. Banner adorably geeks out over how cool it was to watch Valkyrie and Thor hop from ship to ship, only to quietly disclose to the thunder god that he’s not entirely certain a journey through a massive wormhole won’t reawaken the Hulk permanently.
Thor’s equally disturbed at this prospect, and the two decide to strap Banner into the seat he’s in when everybody wakes up in front of Asgard in the theatrical cut. The freakout shared by Thor and Banner as they contend with the thought of the Hulk reappearing is comedy gold, and it makes the two an interesting, if not super-sophisticated, team.
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