“It was a really funny beat but we cut it.”
SPOILERS AHEAD for Avengers: Endgame.
At the end of Avengers: Endgame, when Thor decides to leave Earth behind to join the Guardians of the Galaxy, he shares a special moment with Valkyrie when he names her the new ruler of New Asgard. That moment, however, was almost a bit more awkward.
“There’s a funny beat,” Russo describes. “If you remember at the end of the film where Thor is saying goodbye to Valkyrie, and he’s basically turning Asgard over to her. In the endings we felt like we wanted to keep it a little tight, so we were looking for some stuff to squeeze there. He had this beat with Valkryie where after he sort of turns over the kingdom to her, she puts her arm on his shoulder and he sort of starts to lean in for a kiss. And she goes, ‘What are you doing?’ And he goes, ‘Oh I thought the touch..’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, it’s a goodbye touch. A tap I’m giving you.’ It was a really funny beat but we cut it.”
Considering it was cut, this marks the second known time that filmmakers have tried to spark a romance between these two characters, as one original script of Thor: Ragnarok featured a bit more of a love story between them.
Co-director Joe Russo said that even though it was cut, Hemsworth and Thompson “were toying with this possibility all on their own,” but it never came to be.
As for the future of these characters, Thompson has heard that a pitch for Thor 4 from Taika Waititi has happened and, who knows, maybe they will find romance in Men in Black: International which they are both starring in.
As for Valkyrie, there are those out there who have shipped her and Captain Marvel, and both Thompson and Brie Larson are all here for it.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who thinks this scene being cut was probably for the best. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.