There are two kinds of rumors when it comes to movie news.
Some rumors are plausible—they come from credible sources, and make sense based on everything else that’s been announced about a movie.
Take, for example, rumors that Black Widow might turn up for a brief cameo in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It makes sense—it fits with what Marvel’s done in their other movies, and it would help connect the film to the wider MCU.
If, on the other hand, somebody saw a Black Widow minifigure in a Spider-Man Lego set, and instantly jumped to the conclusion that she helps Spidey to defeat The Vulture in the movie’s thrilling climax, that rumor might be a bit less believable.
You can’t trust a Lego set to accurately predict the future. Sorry.
A new rumor has begun circulating, that suggests Doctor Strange, who we’re all pretty certain will appear in Thor: Ragnarok, will be playing more than just a minor cameo role.
It’s possible—Marvel might want to get the most out of Benny Cumberbatch before he wakes up and realizes he’s trapped in an endless cycle of superhero movie nonsense (kind of like the drug trip scene in his own movie, but with more action figures).
But there’s just something not quite right about the source of these rumors. It’s not, in all honesty, a particularly trustworthy place to be getting movie spoilers from.
It’s the Disney fan club.
According to a newsletter from the D23 fan club, this year fans of Marvel movies can look forward to a threeway team up in Ragnarok:
“Thor: Ragnarok in November brings together Thor, the Hulk, and Doctor Strange to face off against intergalactic baddies both familiar and new.”
Naturally, fans have jumped to conclusions, presuming that this means Doctor Strange will be in every single shot of the movie. Sometimes, in order to keep the focus of the scene on Thor, Benedict will be disguised by a lampshade, or will be hiding behind a tree, but he’ll definitely be a significant presence throughout the entire film.
Or, alternatively, no.
Perhaps (crazy as this may sound), this text was written by a guy who works in the Disney marketing department in a fairly junior position, and in order to make up the word count for the newsletter, he went ahead and slipped Doc Strange’s name into the piece.
After all, we all know he has a cameo, right? So he might as well be included in this summary of the film.
Of course, looking at this logically and sensibly is a lot less fun than just wildly speculating on every line of offhand promotion that’s written by an office intern. As such, you’re perfectly entitled to continue believing that Doctor Strange will lend Thor his cloak of levitation and help the Thunder God to defeat the forces of Ragnarok, before falling into Bruce Banner’s arms for a passionate embrace.
You’re entitled to imagine whatever weird and wonderful version of this movie that you want.
Don’t be disappointed, though, when it turns out that Taika Waititi wasn’t reading your slashfic when he made the movie.