WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters now.
With names like Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum occupying its roster, Thor: Ragnarok boasts a star-studded cast that fans have come to expect from a Marvel Studios production. There are a handful of familiar faces in the film that can't be found on any posters, though. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently spoke with Collider about how the threequel managed to land its marquee cameos that even included Oscar-winner Matt Damon.
"There was an idea in the script phase... to bring the audience up to speed on the fact that everybody thinks Loki is dead, so that when it was revealed that he was Odin, it would make some semblance of sense to people who weren’t following along from all the films. There was this idea to do it in this funny sort of stage play which Loki/Odin had put on to celebrate himself. There was a fun idea of 'Let’s get Luke Hemsworth (Chris Hemsworth's older brother) to play Thor,' [director] Taika [Waititi] had worked with Sam Neill in Hunt for the Wilderpeople. He was willing to come in and do Odin. So who could be Loki? Who could be Loki? Who could be Loki? We didn’t have any brilliant ideas."
Then, at the eleventh hour, Chris Hemsworth pulled some behind-the-scenes heroics to help secure the final cameo.
"At one point, off-handedly, Mr. Hemsworth goes, 'Well, what if I ask my friend Matt?' I said, 'Matt who?' He said, 'My friend, Matt Damon.' 'Okay. Sure. Sure Chris, ask your friend Matt Damon. He’s not doing this. Oh, he’s gonna do it. He’s flying down.' The next thing I know, Matt Damon is on set in a full Loki costume, full Loki wig. We have pictures that maybe we’ll share some day of Tom Hiddleston in a full Loki outfit standing next to Matt Damon in full Loki outfit. It is very surreal and very amazing. What a testament too, I just met him for the first time, I wasn’t there when he shot this. I just met him for the first time last night. What an awesome thing, for him to come down here for his friend. It was purely based on his friendship with Hemsworth that he came and did this."
In theaters now, director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Karl Urban as Skurge.