Thor’s roommate, Darryl Jacobson (Daley Pearson), had the internet going crazy a few weeks ago when he tweeted out a picture of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) holding a card with the address “177A Bleecker St” on the set of Thor: Ragnarok. That Easter egg just so happens to be one of the most famous addresses in all of Marvel lore because it is the home and Sanctum Sanctorum of one Doctor Strange.
Fans could not help but wonder if this meant Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars in Doctor Strange this year, could make a cameo in Thor: Ragnarok. I certainly took my best guesses at how it could all play out. Spoiler alert: I’m probably wrong despite offering several answers.
Digital Spy tried getting to the bottom of it in a recent interview with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. The director took an expectedly evasive approach, not confirming or denying anything.
“Ohhh I don’t know. I am not sure if… I don’t know actually. I can’t comment on it. It may have just been something for the fans.”
Digital Spy pressed on about the possibility of a Benedict Cumberbatch cameo, but Waititi wasn’t falling for it.
“Might be something like that. Might be a little tease. Or maybe a tease just for people who wanted to zoom into that photo.”
I don’t blame Waititi one bit for not wanting to spoil anything in his movie, but I’m confident Thor will visit the Sanctum Sanctorum in Thor: Ragnarok. That does not mean, however, that Doctor Strange will be home when Thor comes knocking, so the Cumberbatch cameo is definitely up in the air.
Waititi also spoke with Digital Spy about production on Thor: Ragnarok and what attracted him to the film.
“We are halfway through and it’s going really well. Everything is going to plan in that we didn’t have a plan to start with.
“It’s going better than expected and it’s a lot of fun shooting. The style is not too dissimilar to how I would normally work. It’s just a longer schedule because it’s a bigger film with more special effects and things like that.
“I always want to do something different when I make something. I really like the idea of doing something really big. My films have always been a lot smaller.
“I like the kind of films I make but it was an opportunity that presented itself that wouldn’t come around often, so I thought I would just pursue.
“Also, I know Chris [Hemsworth] and wanted to work with him at some point. Again, it seemed like a good opportunity.”
The most recent of Waititi’s smaller films, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, is still playing in select theaters and worth a look. Outside of Captain America: Civil War (obviously), it is my favorite film of the year. You can usually catch a couple of his previous films, Boy and What We Do in the Shadows (both of which are outstanding), on Netflix.
As always, the future is never too far out of view in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it sounds like Waititi is open to making another movie with Marvel Studios.
“If I do really well with it and people like it and I enjoy the process then I’d definitely think about doing another one.”
Waititi is a gifted storyteller and filmmaker with unique sensibilities who will provide audiences with a fresh take on the Thor franchise and the bigger superhero genre it plays within. He’s likely going to “do really well” with Thor: Ragnarok and earn himself the opportunity to make another Marvel movie, if that’s what he wants to do.
Thor: Ragnarok will be in theaters November 3, 2017.