[Spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok.]
If Taika Waititi has his way, Thor 4 will open with a Jurassic Park reunion. Since Iron Man kicked off the MCU, Marvel has always been great about pulling in big names and prestigious actors for their films. The Thor franchise already had performers like Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba, but Thor: Ragnarok managed to up the ante with the likes of Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum. The film even pulled in Marvel powerhouses Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Cumberbatch, thus packing the new movie with stars.
Director Taika Waititi wasn't finished there, however, as one of Thor: Ragnarok's many surprising moments featured Matt Damon playing Loki in a dramatization of the character's death in Thor: The Dark World. Though we had heard rumors of Damon having a cameo in the film, his cameo - which also included Chris Hemsworth's brother Luke and Sam Neill - was one of the film's funniest moments. Neill himself is a big name, but also a frequent Waititi collaborator who starred in last year's Hunt for the Wilderpeople. More than that, he once starred opposite Goldblum in Jurassic Park, though the pair sadly don't share a scene in Ragnarok.
Cinema Blend spoke with Waititi at a junket for Thor: Ragnarok and brought up the Neill/Goldblum missed opportunity. When asked if there was ever a plan to pair them together, the director offered his idea for how to reunite them in Thor 4:
"I would have loved that. I don't think they were around at the same time. That would have been amazing just to somehow make that work. It would be awesome if we somehow got Laura Dern in there, as well...Thor 4, exactly. All of them go back and do the play again. It's a new play about Asgard's destruction. That might be a great way to start that film."
While the Grandmaster's fate is left open-ended in Ragnarok, a Grandmaster/Collector team-up down the line is a real possibility. Given how audiences have responded to Goldblum's Marvel character, the odds are he will return at some point. As for Neill's Asgardian actor, he presumably survived the destruction of the city alongside his compatriots. The Grandmaster may be fond of games, but his penchant for theatricality makes his appearance in a play seem like a plausible idea.
The one missing ingredient here is Laura Dern, who has spent years shying away from blockbusters. That all changed, however, with her casting in Star Wars The Last Jedi, bringing her into the Disney camp. Marvel have landed some surprising actors in the past, so the idea of Dern joining Thor 4 and sharing the screen with both Neill and Goldblum, hardly seems like a long-shot.
Source: Cinema Blend
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019