Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok is the third solo outing for the God of Thunder. The film will pair Thor (Chris Hemsworth) with his fellow Avenger, the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), after the two meet in a gladiator pit on an alien planet. Thor's hammer is destroyed by the Goddess of Death, Hela (Cate Blanchett), whose goal is to destroy Asgard. To defeat Hela, Thor will have to enlist the help of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and his treacherous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), along with Hulk.
Thor: Ragnarok has an all-star cast that already features several Hollywood heavyweights including Blanchett, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Karl Urban as the Executioner, and Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster. The numbers of stars appearing in the film may become even more impressive if a rumor reported by the Weekly Planet podcast is accurate.
According to Weekly Planet, a source who has seen a significant portion of Ragnarok claims that the movie includes a cameo from Matt Damon, known best for his roles in the Bourne franchise:
There's a scene set on Asgard, in which we watch an Asgardian theater production that essentially recounts the entirety of 'Thor 1,' like as a play, and in this theater piece the role of Loki is played by an Asgardian actor played by Matt Damon.
The idea of Damon having a secret cameo in Thor: Ragnarok is quite unexpected by itself. When considering what that role is, the idea becomes even more outlandish. However, the scene described by Weekly Planet does sound plausible, and perhaps even necessary.
On multiple occasions, Waititi has said that Thor: Ragnarok is designed as a standalone film, meaning that fans can watch and enjoy the movie without having followed the Thor character's story in Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Keeping in mind everything that's happened to the superhero not only in his own films but also in the Avengers movies, making Thor: Ragnarok a standalone film seems especially challenging... unless, of course, the movie somehow includes a recap of some sort. The Asgardian theater production could be an effective way of explaining previous events without seeming too forced.
The downside of a Damon cameo would be that it would likely keep the actor from playing a more prominent character in future Marvel Cinematic Universe movies - though due to the actor's busy schedule, the chances of that happening were never very high anyway.
Source: The Weekly Planet
- 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
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019