Thor: Love and Thunder will undoubtedly be a big movie, but star Natalie Portman says it could have been even bigger. While speaking with Collider, the former Phantom Menace actress revealed the creative behind the God of Thunder’s next outing had entire sequences axed from the project’s final cut.
Of course, this isn’t a unique scenario. Films typically go through a multitude of changes during production, and big blockbusters like Thor are often tinkered with right up until the last minute. It likely didn’t help that the upcoming Marvel sequel stems from the wild mind of Taika Waititi, who has probably never been short on ideas in his entire career.
Worry not, however, as Portman seems confident the movie would have been stellar no matter what did or didn’t make it in. The Mighty Thor performer explained that everything Waititi created for the film was brilliant, even if he did have to cut entire planets from the runtime:
The joy and the sorrow of a Taika Waititi project is that he creates so much brilliance and so much material that the movie could be like an infinite number of things. And it like inevitably means that incredible, hilarious, moving comedy and drama ends up not there. So, there’s a lot. I mean, there’s full planets that are not there anymore.Natalie Portman
Like any good fan, Portman knows there’s a chance the world could still see these lost scenes one day. She continued to explain that she’s got her hopes up for a jam-packed collection of DVD extras:
I pray that it’ll end up in like a DVD extra somewhere or that it comes out somewhere. Because I mean, yeah, it’s pretty remarkable stuff.Natalie Portman
While the thought of full planets floating somewhere in the abyss of cut material is enticing, it sounds like fans should really be excited for what they’ll actually get to see on July 8th. If whole alien worlds are considered less important to the story than what’s been included, imagine just how exhilarating the final product could be.