Screenplays go through multiple versions, and Thor: Ragnarok is no different. What we saw onscreen was the final — but not only — draft. Here’s a look at the Ragnarok that could have been:
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
According to Empire Online, director Taika Waititi told its Empire Podcast that the death of Asgard was hotly debated. "There was a little bit of talk in the beginning: 'Is it too much to destroy Asgard?' ” After all, it’s an established location and home to Thor, Loki, Odin, and the other Asgardians we’ve come to know over the years.
For several weeks, there was “a big showdown,” Waititi said, about keeping Asgard. At times, Asgard survived. And at other times, the final battle wasn’t in Asgard: It was in Valhalla, where Norse warriors go when they die in combat.
Waititi, however, held firm. “But no! The more spectacle, the better. I think it's what a lot of the fans wanted. Fulfilling the mythological idea of the death of Asgard."
Waititi did not say whom the showdown was with, but logic dictates it was likely Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s because of Feige that we have a storyline that weaves throughout a dozen-plus films, all of which tie into each other.
Ultimately, Waititi prevailed, putting forth the idea that Asgard is much more to the Marvel Cinematic Universe than the land it occupies. After all, as we learned in the film, "Asgard is not a place, it's a people."
Besides, Waititi seemingly didn’t like Asgard: “Seems like quite a privileged place. Completely made of gold. Full of nerds and scholars. Doesn't seem like my kind of party town.”