Captain America: Civil War left a lot of damage in its wake for the Avengers on many levels. The cataclysmic schism sent many of its combatants into self-exile or stashed them away in Wakanda. Suffice to say, there are still many unanswered questions in the wake of Civil War, including why the Incredible Hulk wasn’t a part of it. Rumors have Bruce Banner off in hiding himself or even off planet. However, fans recently found out a little more about the missing Asgardian Thor.
A fresh Civil War DVD featurette, first shown at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, explores how the Norse god kept a low profile during Civil War, including taking up residence in Australia. The humorous short also introduced his roommate Darryl Jacobson, who rapidly became a fan favorite.
Not long ago, director Taika Waititi spoke with IGN about the imminent release of his latest movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Since the director is also helming a little Marvel picture called Thor: Ragnarok, a few questions arose about the final chapter in the Asgardian trilogy. The director was naturally shy about revealing any details from the highly guarded film. Still, when the amusing short came up during the chat, Waititi did discuss Thor’s co-tenant:
“Thor briefly rented a room in a flat in Australia after the Ultron debacle. Just to get some downtime – to get away from The Avengers, to get away from America. So he had a little downtime in Australian. And he met this guy Darryl and they shared a flat together. So that’s Darryl.”
The director then divulged a little more about the harried housemate, saying:
“I think you probably could see him again. There may be other little pieces of that thing that everyone saw that may just be a small part of a bigger thing.”
From the tease, it sounds as though Darryl could have a (slightly) expanded role to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Exactly how he’ll show up, though, isn’t clear. The words “smaller part of a bigger thing” implied that the annoyed Aussie could wind up in Thor: Ragnarok. At the same time, Waititi might be implying that the mockumentary could get an extended cut or a sequel. Unfortunately, the sly director didn’t go into much more detail. He did mention, when pressed for specifics, a few things Ragnarok won’t have:
“OK. A thing that will definitely not happen is…oh man, if I say anything, it might hint at something else. I have to really watch my words nowadays. This is a topic I should really avoid. OK, one thing you can get from me, not being in Thor, is any of our vampire characters and werewolf characters from the other Taika and Jemaine universe. You won’t see any of that.”
Darryl’s existence in the first place represents a continuation of the tongue-in-cheek tone which the Thor saga – and the MCU in general – is noted for. The clever mockumentary is also an excellent indication of Waititi’s sense of fun, as well as his solid fit within Marvel’s directorial pool. Thanks to hiring talented and witty filmmakers, even the most serious Marvel outings have been imbued with a humor and heart, something which enlivens the often heavy subject matters. Charm and levity is also something Ragnarok will need when dealing with the potential end of the Nine Realms.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.