This week, Thor: Love and Thunder storms into movie theaters. Directed by Taika Waititi, the movie brings back Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, the scientist and love interest from the first two Thor movies. Portman seems happy to be back in the Marvel universe and on sets with huge budgets. 

This movie reportedly cost over $200 million, and it sounds like some of it is going to good use on-camera work and set dressing. Portman recently told Entertainment Weekly:

“There’s one scene that’s one of the most visually beautiful scenes I’ve seen on film, and we shot [it] in real life in a Best Buy parking lot. It’s so wild to be on this size of movie, and we were literally in a parking lot with a blue screen, doing this really dramatic thing. It looks so stunning on film, but every time I see it, I’m like, ‘That’s a Best Buy parking lot.'”

With a lot of these Marvel movies, they will sometimes shoot outside for different kinds of lighting and scenes, while still employing blue screens to drop them into other worlds. To do that, you need a lot of space. And what has more space these days than the parking lots of superstores?  

For a movie like this, they were constantly shooting. And a lot of the material they got didn't even make it into the final cut.

Portman told IndieWire, “There were whole sequences, planets, characters and worlds that didn’t end up in the movie that were hilarious and amazing and [that] we spent a lot of time and energy on, and certainly the entire crew also designing and conceiving.” 

Portman went on to talk about how that felt different than other processes.

“It’s just amazing how much great material is not in the film, considering how much great material is in it. Usually, it’s like, you’re just trying to get enough good stuff to put in the film, and this had overflow. So that was really surprising.”

This makes me more excited to see the film and to try to figure out which scene is really in the parking lot of a Best Buy. If you have seen it and know, tell me in the comments!