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'Jurassic Park' Star Sam Neill To Cameo in 'Thor: Ragnarok'

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Dr Alan Grant is making an appearance in Thor: Ragnarok.

New Zealand actor Sam Neill, most famous for playing an incompetent paleontologist in Stephen Spielberg’s 1993 dinosaur movie masterpiece, will show up for a brief cameo in Marvel’s upcoming movie.

Neill has previously appeared in Ragnarok director Taika Waititi’s movie Hunt for The Wilderpeople, and it was as part of press interviews that the secret of his Thor cameo slipped into the open.

Speaking with Short List, the actor said:

“Oddly enough, I’m not really allowed to say this, and I can’t tell you what it is… I did a couple of days on Thor, just before I came over here.  I had to sign all sorts of things that say if I say anything else, Marvel’s secret agents -and they are lethal, will come and get me, and probably my children as well.”

At this point we absolutely don’t doubt that Marvel actually did threaten Neill’s children if he manages to spoil the movie.

It does seem like Marvel are throwing everything they can at the third Thor solo film in the hopes that they’ll make something special.

This is only a good thing for comic book movie fans. After all, the previous two Thor movies aren’t exactly great.

The Captain America trilogy started out fairly average and then became the strongest set of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Iron Man had a great start but lost ground fairly quickly afterwards with an unimpressive sequel.

As for Thor, though, the franchise has failed to really find a place within audiences’ hearts. There’s nothing wrong with either of the movies we’ve had so far, but there’s not much to make them stand out either.

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Part of the problem is probably that Thor is the least interesting character in his own franchise. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is by far the most sympathetic character in both movies, despite being a psychopath, while even Jane Foster’s ragtag band of scientists have some kind of story arc.

Meanwhile, Thor’s just a big brutish manchild. When he’s not whining—Jonathan Taylor Thomas style—that he just can’t wait to be king, he’s rocking up to his girlfriend’s house after months of absence without so much as an apology.

This is not the kind of hero that you can comfortably build a franchise around, as Marvel has proven. Thor works best in small doses, preferably sandwiched between other Avengers.

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This is probably why this time around, Hulk is coming along for the ride.

It’s also probably why Marvel has pleaded with Tom Hiddleston to return, dressed Odin up like a hobo, and now jammed Dr Alan Grant into a cameo.

Heck, there might even be a Doctor Strange appearance.

Because, at the end of the day, nobody really cares about Thor. His supporting cast carry him through most of his movies and even the occasional Age of Ultron mystical bubble bath.

There is hope. Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok is the best looking Thor movie yet, at least on paper. They’ve even got a really sweet logo for the film.

Here’s hoping, though, that among all of these side characters, audiences can find a reason to actually care about Thor’s motivations for more than five minutes.

Oh, and also, if Sam Neill’s character could also show up in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 so that he shares screen time with Chris Pratt, Jurassic Park slashfic writers everywhere would greatly appreciate it.

 

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