The Funny Flashback Scene Thor: Ragnarok Almost Included
Warning: minor SPOILERS for Thor: Ragnarok are ahead!
Asgard is filled with mighty warriors, and once upon a time, the Valkyries were the best of the best. Thor looked up to this elite team in his younger years, so when he saw Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie on Sakaar during Thor: Ragnarok, he was understandably starstruck. This was the first time those characters had ever met, but in an earlier version of the threequel, director Taika Waititi thought about featuring a flashback sequence depicting an earlier meeting between the two, and said flashback would have seen them rocking 1980s look. Waititi explained:
Most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have been infused with humor, but Thor: Ragnarok doubled down on what its predecessors offered, becoming more tonally similar to the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. That being said, the idea of seeing Asgardians decked out in '80s attire a millennia or so years ago and a chubby Thor hits a new level of absurdity. A Malfoy-like goth Loki, on the other hand, doesn't sound as ridiculous given how he turned out as an adult. As for why this flashback scene wasn't included, here's what Taika Waititi said during his interview with MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast.
Plot-wise, Taika Waititi is correct that this flashback wouldn't have made any sense in Thor: Ragnarok. But as a special feature in the Thor: Ragnarok home release or a fun gag video for Marvel's official channels, this is definitely worth spending some money to shoot, especially since there's no word yet on if there will be a fourth Thor movie or if Takia Waititi will helm another Marvel movie. I'd even watch a series of short videos following Thor and Loki's time in Asgardian elementary/middle school during this "'80s" period, continuity be damned. This wish will likely go unfulfilled, but coming back to reality, Thor, Valkyrie and Loki will all be back next year for Avengers: Infinity War.
Thor: Ragnarok is now playing in theaters, and whether you've already seen the movie or will watch it this weekend, don't forget to read our review of it. You can also look through our 2017 premiere guide to plan your trips to the theater for the remainder of the year.
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