Marvel fans learned in Thor: Ragnarok that director Taika Waititi has a lot of great ideas. The Thor series reached new heights with its first Marvel movie, changing the entire fabric of what we thought was a Thor movie maybe. Now with Thor: Love and Thunder, Waititi continues to push the boundaries of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, Waititi brought so many great ideas to the table that a few had to be dropped to keep the film to a manageable length, some of which involved entire planets that we won’t see in the final version of love and thunder.
By talking to Collider, Thor: Love and Thunder Star Natalie Portman spoke about working with Waititi and loving the things he offers. Unfortunately, not everything he creates can make it to the screen.
“The joy and sadness of a Taika Waititi project is that it creates so much shine and so much material that the film could look like an infinite number of things,” Portman said. “And that inevitably means that some amazing, hilarious, moving comedies and dramas don’t end there. So, there are a lot of them. I mean, there are full planets that aren’t there anymore.”
“I’m praying it ends up as an extra DVD somewhere or it gets released somewhere,” Portman later said of the removed content. “Because I mean, yeah, it’s pretty remarkable stuff.”
Portman starred in the first two films as Jane Foster of Earth, but her character takes on the mantle of The Mighty Thor in love and thunder, following Jason Aaron’s acclaimed comic arc. It pulled Portman much deeper into the action of the Thor movies than ever before.
“It’s amazing to see. I think that’s part of what opens your eyes when you see the final version, it’s the number of incredible artists who work on it after what we do to create what the public really experiment,” she said. “Because most of what you see are effects artists. But oddly enough, the goats we had were real goats like real practice, they weren’t real animal goats. They were kind of practical sculptures that we had on set with us with like tongues out and everything.”
Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8.