WARNING: Spoilers lie ahead for parts of ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ including the post-credits scenes. If you do not wish to know this information, then the time to stop reading is obviously NOW!
In an odd quirk of the cinematic world, the US gets many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films about a week or so behind the rest of the world. Not cool, rest of the world!
So, the next MCU film up for release, ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ has actually already opened in many countries, even though it won’t be premiering here in the States until next weekend. This means, of course, that many other folks across the world have seen the film, and while they are not necessarily looking to spoil things for us American moviegoers, it does mean that they are talking about little bits and pieces of the story already. And ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ like most MCU entries, features multiple post-credit scenes that are designed to be fun little “extras” for fans.
UK-based publication Radio Times got the opportunity to chat with The Grandmaster himself, Jeff Goldblum, and they asked him to explain a bit about the two post-credits scenes. Fortunately, Goldblum obliged, and it’s almost like I can hear him spouting these explanations in my mind, in the way that only he can…
Anyhow, first up is a scene where Thor and Loki have commandeered themselves a spaceship and are headed towards Earth – until a massive space vessel that dwarfs their ship drops down ominously right in front of them. The scene ends quickly and with no real explanation, but early theories point to the mega-ship potentially belonging to Thanos, who we know will be running afoul of Thor and most of the MCU super-folks in next year’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’ So, what did Goldbum think about this scene?
“Marvel weaves – that’s what they’re up to, they’re weaving some sort of teasing web of enchantment. What do you think happens next? I don’t wanna give anything away…”
The second of the scenes sounds to be a bit more pronounced in the typical Marvel funny-but-not-overly-relevant fashion: The Grandmaster finds himself in a bit of a tough spot, having been ousted from power. As Goldblum so eloquently puts it:
“If you stay ‘til the very end, the end credits, you see me do a bit of improvised, Taika Waititi-inspired-and-directed, bit of improvisation. It looks like my ship has gone down, and I’m surrounded by the rebels. And it’s me against all of them – but I’m the Grandmaster. I’m immortal. You can’t kill me, you can’t even hurt me. I can go like this – mmmmmmmm – and do away with them, and then I can resurrect them if I want. So whatever I’m going on about [in the scene] is just for my own amusement.”
“So what happens? Well, I could go anywhere – I might knock on your door, and say hello. ‘Guess who’s here?’ I shot a thing with Taika, where there’s a roommate in Australia. I show up at his, and I do knock on his door. And I take up residence in the little flat, as they say here. That’s what I do. And order things from the takeaway restaurant. Buy all the local foods.”
Sounds like somewhere there exists video of The Grandmaster spending some time with Darryl, the normal Australian fellow who hilariously had Thor as his roommate for a short time. Can’t wait to see that one!
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ opens in theaters in the US on November 3, 2017.