Thor: Ragnarok has become the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe to become a box office and critical hit. It opened impressively overseas and garnered widespread critical praise. But the road to success was an arduous one, with early cuts of the movie failing miserably, according to director Taika Waititi.
Marvel movies can be tricky. They need to create an interesting story that develops the protagonist while interconnecting the overarching MCU storyline leading to the big Avengers movies. Thor: Ragnarok struggled with the former, failing to find a true rhythm to Thor’s newfound comedic elements that took a while to fully flesh out.
In an interview with CBM.com, director Taika Waititi opened upon about the challenges the movie went through in early cuts.
“It was very tricky,” opined Waititi. “We spent a lot of time in post-production, actually, figuring that out. It’s a very hard thing to strike that balance throughout two hours and 30 minutes, however many minutes this thing is, for that much time that you’re engaging in a film.”
The main reason for the editing struggles was the comedy Thor: Ragnaork adds. Waititi and the editors went through a tough time using the comedic elements properly throughout the film, with early cuts bunching the moments in the beginning resulting large boring portions in the second and third act.
“So we failed miserably and had a funny first 10 minutes and then a super-boring rest of the movie,” continued Waititi, “But that’s luckily why you have such a long time in post-production, because you can test all these things out and get the very best film that you can.”
It seems the perfect formula was found, because Thor: Ragnarok has received near unanimous praise from critics and fans. We can’t wait to see for ourselves what the fuss is all about.
Thor: Ragnaork will be in theaters this Friday, November 3.