Taika Waititi’s return to the director’s chair for “Thor: Love and Thunder” was made possible thanks to the overwhelmingly positive reaction to “Thor: Ragnarok.” And that widespread praise for Waititi’s threequel came at least partly because of fun supporting characters played by actors like Jeff Goldblum and for its irreverent approach to previous Marvel movies, such as that hilarious stage play lampooning the events of “Thor: The Dark World.”
Thanks to an interview that Christian Bale recently conducted with the Spanish-language outlet Prensa Escenario (via Total Film), we now know that “Love and Thunder” may have taken that to another level entirely with the returns of Peter Dinklage’s Eitri the Dwarf (whom Thor met in “Avengers: Infinity War”) and Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster (as seen in “Thor: Ragnarok”). Unfortunately, Bale’s scenes as Gorr the God Butcher alongside those characters ended up being cut. According to the actor,
“I got to work with Peter Dinklage. That’s not in the final film but 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 was beautiful, brilliant stuff.”
It’s possible we’ll one day see these sequences as deleted scenes in the home media release of “Thor: Love and Thunder,” but at least these quotes clear up one amusing mystery. Weeks ago, Goldblum responded to whether he might appear in the film in the most Goldblum way possible. We’ll find out whether the movie could’ve used a little more Goldblum and Dinklage when it releases on July 8, 2022.