When Christian Bale revealed that he'd shot scenes for Thor: Love and Thunder with Jeff Goldblum and Peter Dinklage, fans immediately started asking why Marvel Studios would cut what sounded like two huge interactions for Gorr the God Butcher.
Neither The Grandmaster nor Eitri was ultimately included in the movie, though we know the former was meant to welcome Thor, The Mighty Thor, and Valkyrie to the "Moon of Shame."
Storyboards shared by William Groebe reveal more about that sequence, including the Thor: Ragnarok antagonist's fully robotic arms. We're guessing Gorr was responsible for inflicting such a grievous wound on Sakaar's former leader and it looks like The Grandmaster was going to use his previously unheard-of technical know-how to create a tank-like body for Korg's head.
How much of this was shot is hard to say, though it's apparent Goldblum's scrapped role was no mere deleted scene, suggesting Marvel Studios did, in fact, cut an entire subplot revolving around the character.
Gorr probably tracked down The Grandmaster to learn more about the God of Thunder. From there, Thor: Love and Thunder's heroes were set to encounter him on that moon, likely discovering what it is Gorr was plotting.
Thor: Love and Thunder ultimately clocked in at less than two hours and was met with middling reviews. The consensus was that the story felt rushed, and director Taika Waititi has made it clear he doesn't ever want to release these deleted scenes (likely explaining why they're nowhere to be found on the Blu-ray).
"Too silly to take seriously, there’s still a lot to love about Thor: Love and Thunder," we said in our review last year, "but unlike Thor: Ragnarok, it’s unlikely to be a movie you’ll fall in love with. Marvel Studios may be developing a quantity over quality issue."
Check out these new storyboards below.
The movie finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor.
Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
Directed by Taika Waititi, the movie stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Russell Crowe, Jaimie Alexander, Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, and Sean Gunn among others.
Thor: Love and Thunder is now streaming on Disney+.