To put it mildly, Loki has had it rough in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The God of Mischief has been slammed by the Hulk and imprisoned by his own brother. But in a deleted scene from Thor: Ragnarok, Loki was almost trapped in a Porta Potty in New York City.
In the Blu-ray for Thor: Ragnarok, available now, the film’s bonus features include extended versions of several select scenes. Of note is an extended version of Benedict Cumberbatch’s brief appearance as Doctor Strange, who has evolved into Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme since his own movie, Doctor Strange.
In the longer version, Doctor Strange doesn’t lead Thor and Loki to Norway to find Odin. Instead, Strange leads Thor to just a few blocks away in Manhattan (which is why in the trailer, Hela crushes Mjolnir in a dingy alleyway, not a scenic cliff with a beautiful view). Before Thor can reunite with his father, Thor picks up Loki, who has been trapped in between dimensions of sorts within the confines of a gross Porta Potty. Thor only finds him with the help of an enchanted key, courtesy of Stephen Strange.
The whole scene replaces Loki’s absolutely hysterical “I have been falling, for thirty minutes!” joke, which means this change was for the better. The whole scene in Norway is really one of the best scenes in the whole movie, and it couldn’t possibly have played as well in a New York alley.
However, the original version does set up Thor’s “berserk” transformation at the end a lot better than the final version. It’s when Stephen Strange tells Thor that he senses “a great change” in his future, one that he cannot control.
“You’ve chosen many paths in your life, but only one remains,” he ominously tells the God of Thunder, who is having none of it. “Destiny has dire plans fo you, my friend.” Not only is Doctor Strange probably not fun at parties, but he was also right. Thor did undergo some big changes in Ragnarok, and it’ll be up to Thor to unite the Guardians of the Galaxy with the rest of the Avengers in the fight against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
Thor: Ragnarok is available March 6 on Blu-ray. It’s available now on Digital HD.