Thor: Love and Thunder concept artist Yujin Choo offers a detailed look at what the Grandmaster’s cut return to the MCU could have looked like.
Concept artist Yujin Choo has shared a collection of images she created of the Grandmaster’s (Jeff Goldblum) new home for scenes that were ultimately cut from Thor: Love and Thunder.
Choo previously posted some illustrations of the scenes in which Goldblum’s Grandmaster was set to make his return, revealing that the character was going to have robotic prosthetic arms and robot servants. However, the new pictures — shared to Choo’s ArtStation — expand on his living situation in exile on the “Moon of Shame,” showing several rooms of his makeshift home, including a lab space and living and dining rooms. There are also concepts for the exterior, and some pictures of an entirely different building concept that looks more like a lavish tent. Interestingly, one exterior image shows the home in flames, with the Grandmaster wielding his melting orb-topped staff from Thor: Ragnarok, suggesting that the visit from Thor, Valkyrie and Mighty Thor wasn’t going to end on friendly terms.
Other Love and Thunder concept art by illustrator Laurent Ben-Mimoun has also featured the Grandmaster and his new arms, in that case showing him on board a broken-down Saakarian spaceship next to an unknown masked figure as they make repairs to Korg’s head. This places the cut scenes after the events of the fight in Omnipotence City.
Thor: Love and Thunder Left a Lot on the Cutting Room Floor
Christian Bale confirmed ahead of the movie’s release that he had filmed scenes as Gorr the God Butcher with both Goldblum and Peter Dinklage, the latter of whom would have been reprised his role as Stormbreaker’s forger, Eitri, from Avengers: Infinity War. “I got to work with Peter Dinklage, that’s not in the final film,” he said. “I got to work with him and he’s fantastic. I got to work with Jeff Goldblum, he’s not in the final film either. As you see, lots of stuff ends up on the cutting room floor, even though it is beautiful, brilliant stuff.” Natalie Portman has also shared that she was surprised at the amount cut: “I mean, there’s full planets that are not there anymore.”
Director Taika Waititi confirmed that the first cut of Love and Thunder was “about four hours,” adding that a lot of things that seemed good on set ended up not working. “In the moment, you’re like, ‘This is the greatest thing that anyone’s ever filmed in the history of filming things.’ And you get into the edit. You’re like, ‘I still kind of like it.’ And then, after about six months of it being in the movie, you realize it was fun on the day but it doesn’t have any business being in the movie.” He also shared that Goldblum, Dinklage, and Game of Thrones‘ Lena Headey, who was also set to appear in the film, were understanding about being cut. “You have to do what’s best for the film.”
Thor: Love and Thunder is available to stream on Disney+.