The Thor Ragnarok Digital High Definition Print is out in the stores. While Digital HD Prints do possess some additional scenes that the movie couldn’t show in the movie theaters, Thor Ragnarok’s added scenes in the Digital print take the cake surely enough. One scene, in particular, a ‘deleted scene’, is worth mentioning. Why is it so, you ask?? Because it features a major character of the MCU who died long ago but is still considered a fan favorite and an absolute darling of the MCU.
Can you guess who are we talking about here?!?!?!?
Directed by the talented Taika Watiti, Thor: Ragnarok told the story of Thor Odinson and Loki, his half-brother as both to save Asgard from the clutches of their evil elder sister Hela – the Norse Goddess of Death. The cast includes Chris Hemsworth (Thor, God of Thunder), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Cate Blanchett as the powerful new villain Hela, Jeff Goldblum as the eccentric grandmaster, Tessa Thomson as the classic hero Valkyrie who may become female Thor in the future; Karl Urban as Skurge who is a powerful warrior , Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner aka Hulk and Idris Elba as mighty Heimdall.
The movie struck a chord with so many fans because it highlighted the three things with the sincerest of spotlights that the MCU is famous and infamous for – Humor, Audio, and Visuals. The combination of these three made Thor: Ragnarok into a blockbuster of epic proportions.
The wonderful visuals of Thor: Ragnarok were a sight to behold. They were akin to Jack Kirby-esque formula of comic book playwriting and spreads. Kirby was known to use bright and vibrant colors so beautifully it would make even the dullest of comic book arcs all the more interesting.
Comedy, still is, MCU’s strongest suit. That much was proven when Thor Ragnarok came out. Not only did the movie explore one of Chris Hemsworth’s hidden and underrated talents – comedy, but it also made Thor Odinson into one of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Big Three – along with Captain America and Iron Man. Had it been for this scene, the value of this movie could have skyrocketed even more.
The background score of Thor: Ragnarok broke new ground and it brought the aesthetic sounds of 70’s and 80’s back into the big screen. Some people say that it trivialized the serious comic book moments but lets not be purists here, instead the movie was a blast. Here is what Mark Mothersbaugh, the soundman said about the whole process of creating music for Ragnarok:
“The thing is, you always have to be careful with something that’s as strong as a Marvel project. There is a sound and there is an expectation from the loyal fans that want that there so there is a 100 piece orchestra that was recorded at Abbey Road, and a 25-piece choir, but there’s also this 50-piece synth band over the top of it. Because you’re getting the visuals in so you’re not sure exactly how everything’s going to land and it’s kinda like one of those, like a reverse explosion. The making of a film like this where there’s effects and sound effects and visual effects and new shots and new dialogue and new story and new music all coming in and just keeps getting faster and faster and faster until it all hits. And it lands and you look and you go, oh we did a good job.”
“So, what I did to try and protect Taika Waititi is I wrote the score totally as if it was just the strongest, most memorable possible Marvel film you could think of, but then I also in a parallel universe I wrote the score that you could dial back and forth how much electronics and how much human orchestra you wanted and so I gave Taika and Kevin the opportunity to, at their final mix, when they’re seeing everything that I haven’t even seen yet, I gave them the ability to take it further in to a new direction with new electronics, or they could pull it back out and stay in the world that was you know, the world that everyone knows as a Marvel universe. I think they did a good job of giving it a new sound. I think they did a good deal of giving it something new that’s still rooted and it’s got its foundations in the sound of Marvel that everyone expects.”
Redditor PlayerCorps has provided the hordes of MCU fans scrambling through the internet for Marvel News with a new piece of headline to focus on. A new ‘deleted scene’ from Thor: Ragnarok shows Yondu the Ravager from Guardians of the Galaxy franchise in the frame along with other Ragnarok characters. The scene in question is the one where Hela and Skurge threaten the Agardians to reveal the location of Hofund, the sword of Heimdall that is the key to opening the Bi-Frost. Yondu appears in the shot midway through the scene.
This scene would have made for a good laugh but would have also made the MCU timeline all the more confusing. Yondu died a heroic death in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 while trying to save Star-Lord from the vacuum of space. Yondu’s death takes place after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1 and predates the ones that take place in Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok alike. Had this scene featured in the Theatrical version, all of Marvel Studios’ movies and their precious continuity would have gone kaboom! But the scene could be a great addition to the digital print version. Yondu stopping by Asgard to ask the directions to the Marvel Studios’ head office is the kind of humor and meta-comedy that Taika Watiti is well known for.
Rooker was also available for the shoot of the now deleted scene for Thor Ragnarok pretty easily. His schedule was tightly packed but a quick stop at the sets of Ragnarok wasn’t all that difficult given the fact that Rooker was still shooting for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when this particular scene was being planned to be shot under Waititi’s watch.
Yondu appearing in Asgard could have made for a great soothing element too. His banishment from the Ravagers, his gradual redemption by saving Quill and the eventual warrior’s death and Ravagers’ salute his death got was a testament to the fact that Yondu lived and died by the Warrior’s code. A warrior like him belongs in Asgard.
The next movie of the MCU will be Avengers: Infinity War releasing on May 4th, 2018. Maybe we will see more of Rooker’s Yondu then. After all, it is the whistling space pirate we are talking about. Here is the plot description:
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.
The official synopsis of Thor: Ragnarok released by the studios is as follows:
“Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization”.
What do you think about Yondu’s deleted scene in Thor Ragnarok? Do you believe Yondu deserves a second chance at life? Will the Infinity Stones somehow bring him back from the dead? Or will he still be asking for directions to Marvel Studios in Asgard???? Well, let’s wait and watch till May 4, 2018 when Infinity War is released into the theaters.