The road to Thor: Ragnarok saw plenty of changes along the way. Not only did the film initially include a romantic arc between Thor and Valkyrie, but the threequel nearly had a callback to the first Thor film with the inclusion of the Destroyer.
In an interview with Yahoo!, screenwriter Eric Pearson revealed that the script originally had a scene that would have seen Cate Blanchett's Hela make her way to the armory in search of Heimdall's sword, only to come face-to-face with the Destroyer. This would have led to a battle between the two, with Hela easily taking down the Asgardian weapon. In the end, though, the scene was scrapped because it felt unnecessary.
“There was [also] a scene where she thought they were hiding the sword in the armory, this big fortress," Pearson shared. "She goes up, and the Destroyer armor comes out to take her out, and she just rips that thing apart too, just to call back the Destroyer armor. And it just felt like an extra beat that we didn’t need. We needed to get Thor pushing back to Asgard as fast as possible.”
The Destroyer debuted in the first Thor film when Loki brought it to life and sent it to Earth, where Thor was forced to battle the nearly indestructible armor before finally regaining his powers near the end. While it's unfortunate that the Destroyer wasn't able to cameo in Ragnarok, as it would have been fun to see Hela destroy the armor, it's easy to understand just why it was ultimately scrapped.
In theaters now, Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and 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/Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.