There's plenty in store for those who enjoy Marvel's selection of superhero movies, and based on their box office success it seems like that includes a lot of moviegoers. Phase Two of the studio's cinematic universe began earlier this year with Iron Man 3 and there's plenty more to come as Thor: The Dark World is gearing up to hit theaters later this year, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy arriving in 2014.
The latter movie has been garnering a lot of attention, since not only is it the only Phase Two movie that isn't a sequel, it's also perhaps going to be more difficult to sell to mainstream audiences. Norse gods and flying robotic suits are already a proven hit, but will people be so accepting of a talking raccoon who wields guns? With no footage or images from Guardians of the Galaxy yet available, all eyes will be on the other standalone films in the Marvel universe for potential crossover teases to prepare audiences for the superhero space adventure.
Because of this, many comic book fans are currently buzzing with excitement after a statement made by Thor: The Dark World actor Clive Russell, who plays Thor's older brother Tyr, in an interview with Flicks and the City. When asked about what it was like working with the various American actors on Thor: The Dark World, Russell mentions that Americans tend to be more understated and less theatrical, and as an example of this says:
“I worked with Benicio Del Toro on a scene in which he was meant to be quite angry, and sitting fifteen feet away I couldn’t hear a word he was saying. But you look on at the screen, and it’s absolutely there.”
Sounds like a pretty clear-cut reveal that Benicio Del Toro (who has been cast in a role - rumored to be The Collector - in Guardians of the Galaxy) is in Thor: The Dark World, doesn't it? Well, not necessarily. At this point in the interview, Russell is speaking less specifically about Thor: The Dark World and more in general about the differences between American and British styles of acting. With that in mind, his statement that, "I worked with Benicio Del Toro" could easily be referring to the work he did with Del Toro on 2010 horror remake The Wolfman. Russell also seems to be pretty savvy about what he is and isn't allowed to say, declining to give details about something else in Thor: The Dark World only a minute earlier, so it seems unlikely that he'd drop a spoiler this big in such a casual way.
With that in mind, and because it's always fun to speculate, this doesn't mean that there won't be a tease for Guardians of the Galaxy in Thor: The Dark World, especially since it's not unheard of for Marvel to establish connections between the different franchises during post-credits scenes. With Guardians of the Galaxy set for release between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers 2, it would even make sense for Thor: The Dark World to have a cameo appearance from Gunn's movie, since it is the other key storyline from the Marvel cinematic universe set in outer space.
In short: will there be a teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy in Thor: The Dark World? Maybe. As of right now, however, there's no conclusive evidence in that direction. Sorry for the buzzkill.
Thor: The Dark World is out on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.