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Avengers: Endgame may be one of the longest blockbusters in recent memory with its three hour runtime. Even at 181 minutes not everything directors Joe and Anthony Russo shot made the cut. The brothers recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly an improvised bit between Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson was cut from the end of the movie for the sake of keeping the film tight. The moment took place during the scene in which Thor (Hemsworth) names Valkyrie (Thompson) queen of the Asgardian people before taking off to space with the Guardians of the Galaxy.
In the ending, we wanted to keep it tight, so we were looking for things to squeeze there. But Thor had this beat with Valkryie where she puts her arm on his shoulder and he sort of starts to lean in for a kiss. It was a really funny beat, but we cut it.
Joe Russo added, “It was really cute. And it was mostly improvised by the two of them, so it was very funny.”
Sounds like the moment channeled the humorous chemistry between Hemsworth and Thompson. That helped make “Thor: Ragnarok” a fan favorite in the MCU. The two actors are paired once again on the big screen in the upcoming “Men in Black: International”. In theaters nationwide June 14 from Sony Pictures. As for the MCU, Thompson’s future as Valkyrie remains unclear. With Thor jetting off with Star Lord, Rocket, and more. It appears there won’t be a new “Thor” movie any time soon but that the character will play a role in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”
Even if there are no plans for a “Thor” sequel at the moment, one could still arrive after the next “Guardians” movie. Thompson teased as much earlier this year when she shared that early development on a new “Thor” movie has quietly begun at Marvel.
Earlier this week, Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” passed Cameron’s “Titanic” on the list of highest grossing movies at the worldwide box office. In honor of that accomplishment, Cameron graciously tipped his hat to Kevin Feige and the team at Marvel for breaking a record few thought could ever be broken.
An iceberg sank the real Titanic. It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic. Cameron wrote along with an image of the Avengers logo capsizing the iconic boat. Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You’ve shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, it’s bigger than ever.
The only movie that still has “Avengers: Endgame” beat at the global box office is Avatar. Which is also conveniently directed by Cameron. Though “Endgame” will likely topple that film too, as it’s only entering its third weekend of release.
And that’s true of the worldwide box office numbers even if you adjust for inflation. “Avatar” and “Titanic” are numbers two and three on that all-time list. Each grossing over $3 billion adjusted dollars, but there’s a slight chance “Endgame” might even topple the all-time record holder.
Cameron has thrown a little shade Marvel’s way in the past, saying that he hoped audiences might get “Avengers fatigue” before long.
Cameron has another reason to be peeved, too. With Disney recently acquiring Fox, Cameron’s “Avatar” films are now the property of Disney. And this week, all four of Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels were delayed by between one to two years, spaced out every Christmas between new “Star Wars” films.