Movies, especially big ones like Marvel Studios, are full of illusions. They are filmed on sound stages just as often as on location. But sometimes you end up in the most unlikely of places, like a parking lot, as happened in a big scene from Thor: Love and Thunder. Beware of mild spoilers for the Thor: Love and Thunder ending.
“There’s one scene that’s one of the most visually beautiful I’ve seen on film, and we shot it [it] in real life at a Best Buy lot. It’s so wild to be in a movie of this size and we were literally in a parking lot with a blue screen and we did this really dramatic thing,” explained Thor: Love and Thunder star Natalie Portman in an interview with Weekly entertainment. “It looks so gorgeous on film, but every time I see it I’m like, ‘This is a best buy lot.’
While Portman refused to reveal the scene, director Taika Waititi spilled the beans in an interview with insider. In one of the film’s final scenes, Thor, Jane, and Gorr end up in front of a cosmic being called Eternity, who will grant a wish to the person strong enough to approach him. The three characters and Eternity are surrounded by an endless shallow sea.
“There were probably two scenes,” Waititi said. “But the most important thing was that we ended up taking additional photos with the scene where there is the water environment of Eternity. So we built a pool of water that was only about two feet deep. It was really to get information out of characters. Because all these things happen: Gorr comes to this place to make a wish? In the edit, we said, ‘We need to explain this.’”
Building a temporary pool for a water scene is pretty common — Paramount Studios literally has an actual parking lot that exists for this express purpose. But we don’t usually find out that a pivotal scene in a tentpole movie was filmed in such a mundane location. While we won’t be getting a director’s cut of Thor: Love and Thunder anytime soon, we may see a major electronics retailer in the background of a shot in the outtakes.
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