Thor: Ragnarok is shaping up to be one of Marvel Studios’ best films.
It’s also looking to be the shortest, according to reports.
In a Collider interview, director Taika Watiti confirms the film is under two hours long. More specifically, it clocks in at one hour and forty minutes. This puts Thor: Ragnarok ahead of The Incredible Hulk‘s 112 minutes running time.
“The cut right now, I reckon it’s about 100 minutes,” he says. “It’s not gonna be a very, very long film.”
Watiti goes on to elaborate as to why the movie will be shorter than most Marvel films. He wants to avoid the risk of audiences feeling fatigue.
“I think that stories are better when you leave them wanting more, and this film moves at a clip,” he explains. “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.”
While the movie won’t be overlong, the short running time does give one to feel a bit of concern. Most of Marvel’s films are around two or two a half hours in length. With Thor and Loki’s quest, there is a lot of ground to cover in this movie. On top of that, they will be depicting the fall of Asgard. Furthermore, you have to factor Hulk’s story arc in the film as well. How will all of these plot elements mesh together?
According to Watiti, fans will really enjoy the film’s extras. “There are a lot of deleted scenes. Great scenes,” he explains. They’ll be available on the film’s DVD and Blu-Ray releases.
“Funny, funny moments that—you can’t have it all,” he says. “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.”
Fans will remember Jon Favreau did trim some scenes from Iron Man, because he felt “Less is more.” While this may be true, juggling Thor and Hulk’s stories in one film is a tricky tightrope to walk.
The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum, Cate Blanchett and Anthony Hopkins. Benedict Cumberbatch will be reprise his role of Doctor Strange.
Thor: Ragnarok comes to theatres on November 3, 2017.