The Gross Food Scene With Bruce Banner Thor: Ragnarok Almost Included

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Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok is filled end to end with wonderful and memorable sequences - so it makes all kinds of sense that the finished blockbuster didn't feature every single great idea that the filmmakers conjured. With any luck we'll get to see a whole bunch of them when the Blu-ray arrives in the coming months - but now screenwriter Eric Pearson has shared a fun moment involving "Noodle Worms" that didn't make its way into the final cut:

It was an emotional check-in moment with Bruce Banner and Thor before the finale, with Banner eating alien food and trying to be serious. It [looks like] spaghetti, but then he realizes the thing he's eating is alive on the end. I spent so much time on it, and it just never made it in. We thought it was this pivotal character moment, and it never had a place. It crushed the momentum.

Yahoo! recently had the chance to chat with Eric Pearson about his part in the making of Thor: Ragnarok, and at one point the conversation turned to the material that didn't make it into the film that is now in theaters worldwide. From context clues, it sounds like this scene was going to take place about 2/3rds of the way though the movie, after Hulk turns back into Bruce Banner, but considering how much is going on at that point in the narrative, it's understandable that the feature couldn't squeeze it in.

What made this situation particularly rough for Eric Pearson was simply the incredible amount of work that went into constructing that one emotional Bruce Banner bit. The writer emphatically describes it as "a scene that we fucking rewrote, like, 10 million times" - and yet balanced with the other material it just didn't work. It's a moment that's very much reflective of the hard creative sacrifices that any writer has to make in the making of a film - no matter how big.

At the end of the day, audiences can't watch Bruce Banner chomping down on some alien spaghetti, but the good news is that there are plenty of other fantastic sequences that fill Thor: Ragnarok's runtime. As for the rest of the material that didn't make it into the theatrical version, while it's been firmly said that we will definitely not be getting a director's cut of the blockbuster, we do expect plenty of treats from the home video release. We don't currently have a date for the Blu-ray/DVD, but if Marvel's past November releases (Thor: The Dark World and Doctor Strange) are an indication, then we should probably expect the discs to arrive in stores in February of next year.

Until then -- see Thor: Ragnarok in theaters now!

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