Why 'Thor: Ragnarok's Runtime Is Now 30 Minutes Longer

Fans heading to the movie theater next weekend to watch the latest film in the Thor franchise might be surprised at the film's runtime. Sure, it's around the same length as a lot of other Marvel Studios films, but Thor: Ragnarok was originally supposed to be much shorter at 100 minutes long.

Director Taika Waititi spoke about the final cut of the new movie, coming in at 2 hours and 10 minutes, explaining why it is much longer than he originally said.

"After [San Diego] Comic-Con, we decided to put lots of the jokes back in," said Waititi in a conversation with Collider. "We put the laughs back into it."

For context, Waititi first said the movie would only be 100 minutes long during the big convention over the summer.

"When I said it was going to be 100 minutes, we were at about 100 minutes," Waititi said. "We had just done our reshoots, so we knew it was going to come up from there, but there was a world where I thought it was going to sit around 100, no more than two hours."

Of course, the movie could have been a lot longer than its two-hour runtime right now. Waititi also said his original cut of the film was about 2 hours and 40 minutes, adding that a lot of the cut scenes were more humorous material and nothing key to the film's plot.

But that they cut the movie down then added back to it is pretty interesting, especially considering Waititi's comments at San Diego Comic-Con, when he said the journey would be "exhausting."

"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," Waititi said at SDCC. "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."


As it stands, Thor: Ragnarok is actually the longest film in the franchise at 130 minutes, with Thor clocking in at 115 minutes and Thor: The Dark World running 112 minutes.

Fans will be able to determine if all those laughs are worth it when the movie premieres in theaters on November 3.