Thor: The Dark World - Converged Edition

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Tagline:
A Darker World
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Original Release Date:
2013
Original Running Time:
112
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
123
Time Cut:
5
Time Added:
16
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Brief Synopsis:
Thor: The Dark World is not the best film, as it was heavily meddled with in editing and reshoots as the theatrical cut is a bit of a mess. The Converged Edition attempts to restructure the film with the addition of several deleted scenes to how it may of been originally cut together, to better the plot and characters.
Intention:
Since there are so many deleted scenes from many different sources for the film, I thought it'd be a bit of fun to try and piece together what a pre-release version of the film may've been like. The first act especially has been meddled with so much in my cut, that it barely ressembles the theatrical cut.
Other Sources:
Thor: The Dark World (2013) Blu-Ray - The film and the majority of the deleted scenes were taken from here (Celebration Scene, Jane Learns About the Aether, Thor and Frigga Discuss Loki, Vanaheim Scene)

Thor: The Dark World (2013) MoviesAnywhere - Two exclusive scenes were taken from the streaming service (Thor Battles the Einherjar and Jane Wakes Up in Asgard)

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Box-Set Bonus Disc (2015) More deleted scenes came from here (Hall of Science, Jane's Date, Odin and Malekith, Loki's Corenation)

Marvel Studios' The Infinity Saga Bonus Disc (2019) - The alternate ending was taken from this disc

Thor (2011) Blu-Ray - A few shots of Asgard were borrrowed from here to use during the Asgard introduction and Loki's Corenation

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Blu-Ray - An extra shot of Asgard was stolen for use during the "Jane Wakes" scene

Avengers: Endgame (2019) Blu-Ray - The deleted "Jane Wakes" scene was later repurposed for this film, so I've now gone back and put it into its intended place, mixing it together with the MoviesAnywhere scene.

Thor: The Dark World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - A lot of tracks were used to bridge scenes here and there where they needed it

SFX of crowds cheering for the Loki Corenation
Special Thanks:
TM2YC for doing a few blue screen shots, and making the Hard Forged Edition, of which this takes a lot of inspiration from
hbenthow for some help in making the MoviesAnywhere scenes look near 1080p
lifeincontext for watching a rough cut and giving feedback where needed
Malthus, lapis molari, stferguson78, DigModiFicaTion, fewntug, heathen3017 and addiesin for contributing in the thread and just being rightous dudes
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
- Alan Taylor, Kevin Feige and Tom Hiddleston Commentary on Deleted Scenes (5:49)
- Alternate and Cut Trailer Shots (1:14)
- Chrisopher Eccleston and Tom Hiddleston talk Deleted Scenes (2:33)
- Feature Commentary Clips on Deleted Scenes (2:45)
- Unused and Unfinished Deleted Scenes (4.02)
Editing Details:
First pass I did of the film, was just trying to add the scenes back. But shortly I realsised how much moving around you have to do to make that work, so I had to move almost everything around in the first act and shuffle the scenes around until they clicked. Now Thor doesn't show up until the 22-minute mark though which is a shame, but the film runs a little more coherently hopefully.
Cuts and Additions:
- regraded film lightly to get rid of green tint
- added burnt in subtitles for the Dark Elves, almost every line has been rewritten (from the Hard Forged Edition)
- moved Jane's introduction to right after Loki in chains
- added extended version of Jane's date
- moved Dark Elves waking up to after Selvig on TV
- moved Jane, Darcy and Intern Ian to after this
- moved the Elves on Svartalfheim to after this, as well as Algrim getting the Kurse stone
- added extended version of the Vanahiem sequence, after Malekith says Asgardians will pay, implying they are behind the attack
- added shot of the Asgardians traveling via Bifrost from Thor 1
- moved Volstagg and Fandrel escorting Algrim and other prisoners to immediatly after the battle, instead of an hour into the movie
- added Loki's fantasy after this, cutting the brief few establishing shots of the basement prison
- added Thor talking to Frigga about Loki after she talks to him via magic Skype
- added extended Celebration scene as they rejoice over their victory
- moved Thor talking to Heimdel about Jane to after the celebration
- added Jane disrupting some scholars in the Hall of Science
- moved Selvig doing his explanation of the Convergence after Odin has
- added Jane waking up in Asgard and exploring
- cut a few frames of Thor's mouth moving while he isn't saying anything (from the Hard Forged Edition)
- added alternate death scene for Frigga, Odin is now present the entire time
- moved the Dark Elves above Asgard to later
- added Jane and Thor talking in the Hall of Science as she is taken into custody
- moved some lines around while Thor and Heimdel talk, so as Thor says Malekith returns, it cuts to...
- moved Malekith and the Dark Elves above Asgard to here, so that Thor is proven correct (from the Hard Forged Edition)
- added Thor fighting the Einherjar while they rescue Jane
- Loki's skin fades to blue as he dies, while his eyes fade to red (from the Hard Forged Edition)
- moved Loki's return, used as an after-credits scene
- flipped Hogun in Vanaheim so he's correctly looking at the Jets, cut a few frames of his eyes darting randomly
- added alternate ending of Jane telling Thor he will be king, and him somewhat accepting the role. It sounds better than my brief description, but they sort of breakup, which is in-line with Ragnarok
- cut the theatrical ending of Thor refusing the throne and leaving Jane on earth, to come back after the credits, as well as the Loki reveal
- cut credits shot of Loki on the throne, extended the credits to conform to music
- moved the Loki return to after the credits, cut the mention of the Aether, changed the score to something more ominous, and added a red tint to Loki's eyes as they fade out slower than the rest of the shot (from the Hard Forged Edition)

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This was a great edit, I loved everything about it. Makes you wonder why this was not the version they put out.

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A truly splendid edit of a very underrated movie. It definitely deserved more love and Mr Dugnutt gave it to it. All the added scenes definitely make for a more interesting story and even some of the smaller unfinished bits end up being very enjoyable due to the strength of the acting.

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I am not as eloquent as the rest of the reviewers and can't say more or better.

All I will say is that fan edits like this make me MAD that the original bones of a good movie were recorded and scrapped in favor of the theatrical release. Bobson does yeoman's work to include the necessary scenes to make this movie undoubtedly superior to what we got from DISNEY! I always watch these and hope that someone working with these studios watches them as well and takes notes in the editing room.

No complaints besides a few minor things that were mentioned in other reviews, but nothing to detract from the perfect score.

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Wow. I did not expect the deleted and alternate scenes to add so much to the film. In addition to the many scenes mentioned by the other reviewers (alternate ending, Frigga's farewell, etc), I really appreciated the line about the relics appearing as stones except for the Aether - it helps establish the continuity in the Infinity Saga,
However, I was surprised to notice so many jarring transitions, both in audio and video. Partial list of timestamps: 00:41:46, 00:42:48, 1:01:11, 1:02:18, 1:06:00, 1:33:48, 1:51:44.
Another major issue for me was the first act - as several reviewers mentioned, the new sequence of scenes suffers from pacing and narrative flaws. While I appreciated how capturing Kursed was integrated into the end of the battle on Vanaheim, and see sense in establishing the Convergence as the precursor to Selvig's behavior and the awakening of the Dark Elves, the discovery of the Aether functions a lot better as the inciting incident that sets the plot in motion. I strongly recommend reconstructing the first act - either as Nic suggested or as TM2YC's Hard Forged cut (i.e., a minor sacrifice in pacing with the capture of Kursed).
All in all - the opportunity to watch all of these deleted and alternate scenes in itself is a sufficient reason to watch this edit. But to paraphrase Pedro Pascal in WW1984: This edit is wonderful, but it can be even better.

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I’m glad I watched this. Thor: The Dark World is one of the weakest MCU entries, but it could have been so much better had Marvel not interfered behind the scenes. The deleted scenes are proof of that, and this fanedit comes close to restoring Alan Taylor’s original vision and the film’s full potential.

The edit isn’t perfect. I especially had the most problems in the first act. Some of my issues:

-Vain is misspelled as vein
-4 minutes in the audio glitches/repeats
-The flow of the first act reeeaally didn’t work for me. Overall the restructure really hurts the flow as it goes from random location/situation to another. Cutting from the mention of Thor to London with Jane is weird for example.
-Cutting from naked Selvig to Malekith awakening is really jarring flow wise (technically it sounds good). Originally having them awaken due to the inciting incident (Jane finding the Aether) worked well because all the events of the movie begin to unfold here. They don’t HAVE to be tied of course but it feels random, it doesn’t feel like the convergence Malekith mentions (which hasn’t even been established properly yet) is the reason they awaken. Since the convergence can’t be established before the Dark Elves awaken I think the Aether being found should still be the reason they awaken.
-Thor not appearing until 21 minutes in is a real structural problem. We have to wait for the inciting incident (Jane finding the Aether) to reach Thor until his setup stuff are done before the inciting incident. This is, again, jarring and hurts the pacing considerably. I understand most audiences won’t notice these as structural problems, but they will notice how it doesn’t flow well from one scene to another and feel that it’s slow, and also wonder in confusion and possible boredom as to why Thor doesn’t appear until the 21 minute mark, and will be bored to see the slow setup stuff come after, essentially, the plot of the movie begins.
-The rescore cuts off when the Thor & Odin’s first scene begins.
-Sometimes the deleted scenes are noticably a little lower quality and a bit stretched
-Again, the cut from the storybook exposition to Selvig explaining the “alignment” is pretty jarring

Beyond that the edit sounds technically fine besides some musical transitions. I watched it with headphones so I noticed a lot of edits, however I think they’d sound fine watching from a TV and sound system, besides the aforementioned jarring musical transitions of course (worth looking at again) I have to agree with another reviewer that the bitrate was kinda low.

All of this is made up for with the integration of many deleted scenes (a few are unnecessary but most of them add a lot) especially alternate ending which TRULY resolves the movie. The original’s ending always felt incomplete with nothing from Thor’s inner conflict, the relationship with Thor & Jane, Thor’s arc of becoming a king ever resolving. Thor doesn’t change nor does he change anyone around him at all. Nothing is ever learned thanks to the dumb, crowdpleaser ending.

Until now. Thanks to the alternate and CLEARLY originally intended ending, every story thread that was set up is resolved perfectly. We see Thor and Jane’s “mutual dumping” and it’s heartbreaking because their paths are diverging after their convergence. Everything that happened, the Convergence, around them was a reflection of Thor & Jane’s relationships and their character journeys portrayed through the cosmos, and that was clearly what was lacking in the original.

The movie’s still not great, only so much can be done with what we have. Malekith is still a dull and uninspired villain (though Odin’s reinstated hatred for him does add some personal stakes) and the plot is still a little messy with the plot and subplots not connecting very well with each other (again a result of extreme studio meddling). But the deleted scenes do their best to remedy the issues, especially the new ending.

What would really be perfect is a FanFix in the vein of the Hard Forged Edition or Thor: Convergence that also adds the best of these deleted scenes and the alternate ending.
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