But as November 3rd draws near, and the first reviews begin to populate the interwebs, we’ve caught wind of Ragnarok‘s many secrets. Said to be chock-full of Easter eggs and other cute Marvel references – keep your peepers peeled when Thor visits the Grandmaster’s Palace on Sakaar – earlier this week we got the inside scoop on those two post-credits scenes, along with further details on Stan Lee’s hilarious cameo.
Thor: Ragnarok also includes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance from one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but in the interest of keeping spoilers at bay, we won’t disclose the identity of said Avenger here; instead, we’ll direct your attention to one of Ragnarok‘s other cameo appearances.
Still with us? As we reported late last month, the Marvel threequel makes room in its ranks for Matt Damon, who plays the part of Loki in a lavish Asgardian stage play. It’s said to be a relatively minor role for the Jason Bourne actor, though he does briefly share the screen with Sam Neill and Westworld star Luke Hemsworth, who play Odin and Thor, respectively, much to the delight of the Asgardian locals.
How did Taika Waititi court the likes of Damon and Neill into the MCU? That’s a good question, and one the filmmaker addressed during a recent chat with Radio Times:
That was just through contacts. If Loki was gonna write a play about his death, then he would want to get the most talented actors he could, the biggest stars of Asgardian theatre, to come and do this thing.
Thor: Ragnarok is expected to drop in theaters across North America next weekend. Box office analysts have predicted a strong $100m debut in North America, which would leave the Marvel blockbuster nipping at the heels of Justice League.