Warning. Potential (minor) Thor: Ragnarok spoilers follow…
If rumours are to be believed, Matt Damon is heading to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, albeit for a very minor cameo appearance in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.
According to the Weekly Planet podcast (via CosmicBookNews), Damon is set to appear in a scene on Asgard where a play is recounting the events of the first Thor movie. Damon reportedly features as an Asgardian actor taking on the role of the God of Mischief, Loki.
As CosmicBookNews speculates, this also opens up the possibility of seeing another actor taking on the role of Thor in the play, with the site suggesting WWE Superstar John Cena. If you recall, Cena was rumoured for a part in the movie back in November of last year, although the source of that report was an IMDb listing, which could of course have been added by anyone.
If the rumour is true, it would presumably rule Damon out for a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe further down the line. However, the actor has previously downplayed his interest portraying a superhero, unless directed by Christopher Nolan or his good pal Ben Affleck, both of whom are unlikely to be involved with Marvel any time in the near future.
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk.
Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) and features Marvel veterans Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge, Taika Waititi as Korg, Clancy Brown as Surtur, Rachel House as Topaz, and Sam Neill in an as-yet-unrevealed role. It is set for release on October 24th in the UK and November 3rd in the States.