Thor: Love and Thunder’ was Reportedly Given Strict Run Time Mandate
It was a massive story during the film’s promotional campaign, and it manifested itself while being poorly reviewed, in part because of its frenetic pace that was the result of an incredibly short film; as it turns out, it has been reported that Thor: Love and Thunder were given a strict run time mandate.
There were few films that had been as anticipated by fans than the record-setting fourth solo story in the saga of one of the MCU’s earliest heroes.
It was the second collaborative effort between Taika Waititi and Marvel Studios, following the tremendous success that was his first foray into the world of Marvel’s resident God of Thunder, the fantastically received Thor: Ragnarok.
This second time around presented a lot of reasons for fans’ excitement; not only was Waititi returning, but Natalie Portman was also coming back to the Thor franchise, this time debuting The Mighty Thor, while they faced off against the villainous Gorr the God Butcher also making his MCU debut.
The film arrived at rather mixed reviews, with fans praising the comedic capabilities of the director, but also noting that it was the strict commitment to that comedy and the movie’s incredibly fast pace that held it back from being all that it should’ve been considered its phenomenal performances and characters.
The film’s runtime was the subject of a lot of controversies since reports months ago noted it would be one of Marvel’s shortest films in recent memory, and it turns out that this was likely a facet of the film predetermined by Marvel, as Thor: Love and Thunder were reportedly given a strict run time mandate.
As reported by ComicBook.com, The Ringer-Verse’s Joanna Robinson stated, “Taika having a blank check on this is absolutely not the case. He got more leeway than he got with Ragnarok, but there was a mandate to bring this movie in under two hours.”
Robinson concluded, adding, “This comes in under two hours and they cut a ton of stuff out of this movie,” which is a fact that has also gained a lot of controversial discourse from the fan base.
Time will only tell if more news comes out as to why this run-time mandate was put in place, or if it was something that caused some contention between both Marvel and Waititi.