Rejected ‘Thor’ Joke Was Too ‘Depraved’ Say ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Directors The Russo Brothers
One year later, Avengers: Endgame is the gift that keeps on giving. You would think all the press surrounding the climax of 22 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies would already reveal everything there possibly was to reveal. Plus, The Russo Brothers did a DVD commentary and continue revealing more. They participated in a Comicbook.com watch party for Avengers: Endgame on April 27. During the rewatch, the Russos revealed even more new stories about all the Avengers, but especially Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame and the MCU.]
From their shared Twitter account, the Russos shared memories and behind the scenes photos and videos of Avengers: Endgame. Early in the watch party, they revealed a joke about Thor on New Asgard that they decided against.
Behind the scenes of Thor’s new look in ‘Avengers: Endgame’
It was pretty impressive that The Russo Brothers managed to keep Thor’s appearance in Avengers: Endgame a secret. They would have had to keep any Thor scene a closed set for the duration of the production. When audiences saw Thor five years after he killed Thanos (Josh Brolin), it was hilarious and endearing.
You can call him “Dad Bod Thor” or “Lebowski Thor” if you prefer. The idea that Thor let himself go was both humorous and indicative of his distressed state five years after The Snap. The Russos shared a behind the scenes image of Hemsworth topless with the motion capture performer playing Korg.
Thor got to reconnect with his mother
Avengers: Endgame allowed the Avengers to time travel to previous films in the MCU. For Thor, that meant the events of Thor: The Dark World. He got to see his mother, Frigga (Rene Russo) again, and Frigga could tell something was wrong. A mother always knows.
It also enabled three Russos to be on the set at the same time. The Russos never directed a Thor movie so never got to work with Rene until Endgame. The Russos shared a behind the scenes image of that scene with a joke that all three Russos are related.
The Russos also shared a behind the scenes video of recreating the Asgard castle at a Durham, Georgia cathedral. Choir practice was going on.
The Russos are glad they cut this joke from ‘Avengers: Endgame’ but would it have really been too much?
When the remaining post-Snap Avengers go to find Thor in New Asgard, they see him overeating and drinking, playing video games. Thor is racked with guilt. So the Avengers have to sell him on their new plan to retrieve the Infinity Stones in the past. There was one more joke in that scene, but the Russo brothers decided it was too much.
“There was once a scene of Thor peeing off a balcony in New Asgard to show how depraved he was,” The Russo Brothers wrote. “We realized he was already pretty depraved.”
What do you think? Would public urination have pushed Thor over the edge for you? As long as he doesn’t pee on somebody, it probably would have been funny. Heck, even if he did pee on somebody, there are plenty of characters in the MCU who deserve to get peed on.