“Huge Waste,” ‘Thor 4’ Reported Budget Leave Marvel Fans Demanding More

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The Marvel community is vying for more content, and some fans are hoping for longer movies down the line. With Chris Hemsworth and Taika Waititi confirming that a 4-hour cut of Thor: Love and Thunder exists, some Marvel fans are blown away with how much of the film’s reported budget was ultimately unseen.

Thor winking at Valkyrie and Mighty Thor
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Thor: Love and Thunder is here and is dominating the box office, grossing over $300 million worldwide over its US debut weekend and quickly earning back its impressive $250 million budget in under a week.

While Taika Waititi and Marvel Studios are being attacked online by various reports and reviews regarding his new film, every Marvel fan can’t get enough of Chris Hemsworth and his next Thor outing.

natailie portman (left) as jane foster and chris hemsworth (right) as thor gazing at each other in thor: love and thunder
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While Marvel Studios has not officially disclosed the exact budget of Thor: Love and Thunder, new reports from MCU Direct suggest that this epic thunder installment received $250 million for its production, placing it $50 million over Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) and nearly $100 million over Dune: Part One (2021):

#ThorLoveAndThunder’s estimated budget is $250 million, making it one of the most expensive movies in #MCU history! For comparison:

#AvengersEndgame: $400M
#AvengersInfinityWar: $300M
#SpiderManNoWayHome: $200M
#AntMan: $130M

Again, please take this production value news with a grain of salt, as they are unconfirmed numbers. Nonetheless, with Varierty estimating the Love and Thunder value, this new Taika Waititi film would be the fourth most-expensive Marvel movie to date (according to The Numbers):

1) Avengers: Endgame – $400 Million
2) Avengers: Age of Ultron – $365 Million
3) Avengers: Infinity War – $300 Million
4) Thor: Love and Thunder and Captain America: Civil War – $250 Million
5) The Avengers – $225 Million
6) Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Eternals, Black Widow, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Iron Man 2 – $200 Million
7) Iron Man – $186 Million
8) Thor: Ragnarok – $180 Million
9) Captain Marvel – $175 Million
10) Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Iron Man 2 – $170 Million

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt)
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With Thor: Love and Thunder clocking in at just under two hours, this new Marvel film is the shortest installment of the MCU since Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), sparking calls from virtually every Marvel fan for an extended cut of the film from Taika Waititi:

What a huge waste considering they cut more half the movie. We want a new cut of the film that completes the story

Another fan writes:

No but did they just make a 2hr movie with all that budget? Or did half of that 250M go to everything got cut? Like Jeff goldblum,Lena headey and Peter Dinklage

With Taika Waititi and Marvel Studios releasing the final version of what they think is the best interpretation of Thor: Love and Thunder, the Jojo Rabbit (2019) director is confident in his work and recently confirmed that he’s unlikely to release any deleted scenes for the sake of an extended cut and more.

On the other than, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures are re-releasing Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) in theaters in September 2022 to include a reported 15 minutes of deleted scenes. While Marvel would unlikely release a four-hour version of Love and Thunder, it’s clear that the blockbuster studios aren’t afraid to re-edit their films for a new theatrical run.

More about Thor: Love and Thunder

The film 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.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson
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The Marvel Universe is becoming much more than iconic characters/Earth’s Mightiest Heroes like Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Tom Holland’s Avenger is leading the way for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Kate BishopMs. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more — especially with his next Spider-Man trilogy that’s currently in the works.

Christian Bale as Gorr
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Thor: Love and Thunder debuts on July 8, 2022.

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