"10-12 minutes" of deleted footage for Thor 2 disc release
Thor: The Dark World is in cinemas next week in the UK. But the DVD and Blu-ray is already set to have some interesting material on it...
This story is spoiler-free (we've checked), although as always, you may prefer to wait until the film is out before reading it.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has announced that there will probably be "10-12 minutes" of deleted footage on the Thor: The Dark World DVD and Blu-ray, comprising material that was removed from the cinematic release. This isn't something that happens too often with Marvel movies - save for The Incredible Hulk - but it seems some interesting stuff hit the cutting room floor/recycle bin on the editing suite computer.
Speaking at the Thor 2 press conference in London, director Alan Taylor discussed the way the film's tone changed during the production process, although he expressly denied that there were arguments over running time, saying that the only concern was whether or not cuts would improve the film or not.
Speaking about his role, Taylor said "I thought my first task was to darken the world, and deepen it, dirty it up a bit. Then as we started the process I thought 'oops', if we're going to darken it, I'd better make darn sure it's balanced on the other side, because the key to the Marvel language is that you're screwed if you don't keep it funny and light on its feet at the same time."
Going on to speak specifically about the editing process and what was cut from the movie, Taylor said "it has to earn its entertainment value. Part of that process is condensing and tightening and making it roll along as quickly as it can so that it's as fun as it can be. Naturally some things fall out that you wish didn't, some things dear to my heart, some things Christopher Eccleston and I really savoured had to fall away. I'd be really grateful if some of those appeared on DVD and Blu-ray".
At this point, Feige interjected "I think they will. I think there are about 10-12 minutes of extra footage on the Blu-Ray."
Christopher Eccleston, who plays the principal villain Malekith later referred to some of the deleted material, saying "there were some scenes which, for understandable reasons, didn't make the final cut which explain a backstory between my ancestors and Bor, Odin's Father".
Taylor similarly expanded on the removed material, saying "One of the themes of the movie, which most of our characters have to confront at some point, was expressed very clearly by Malekith in a scene that you'll find on your Blu-ray, which is where he confronts Odin and says 'You have to ask yourself as I once did: what are you willing to sacrifice for what you believe?'"
So, it seems those eager to learn more about Malekith, his backstory and his motivations will have to wait a little bit longer for the DVD release. In the meantime, you can see what material did make the cinematic cut of the film when Thor: The Dark World is released in UK cinemas on Wednesday 30th October. The Blu-ray should follow around March next year.
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