Yesterday came a quote from “Avengers: Infinity War” co-director Joe Russo which mentioned one of the least surprising bits of news we’ve heard all year.
That news was that the superhero team-up film, the culmination of the first ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, looks like it will be the longest film in the MCU with the rough cut’s current runtime easily clocking in at well over 150 minutes.
Now, in a welcome bit of contrast, filmmaker Taika Waititi has confirmed that this November’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is already shaping up to be the shortest film of the MCU to date. Speaking with Collider, Waititi revealed that his current cut of the movie runs around 100 minutes long and he has no problem with that:
“It’s not gonna be a very, very long film. I think that stories are better when you leave them wanting more, and this film moves at a clip, it’s got stuff happening all the time. I think people are still gonna feel exhausted by the end, they’ve been on this big journey and stuff, so I don’t think we need the film to be three hours.”
The shortest MCU title to date is “The Incredible Hulk” at 112 minutes. Waititi also says there’s no lack of excess footage either as there are plenty of deleted scenes which will be coming to the disc release:
“There will be a lot of deleted scenes. Great scenes. Funny, funny moments that – you can’t have it all. As I say you gotta kill those puppies, so we had to take some of those things out. Those scenes will exist so people will be able to see them.”
“Thor: Ragnarok,” in all its concise glory, opens in cinemas on November 3rd.