Sam Neill ‘baffled’ by Thor character and ‘complete mystery’ of MCU


Sam isn’t really that knowledgeable about the MCU (Picture: Disney/Dan Himbrechts/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Sam Neill has admitted to being ‘baffled’ by his role in Thor: Love and Thunder as he doesn’t understand the Marvel Cinematic Universe or who his character is – and that is some refreshing honesty.

The laid-back Irish-New Zealander, who will be popping up again in the franchise as an Asgardian performer playing Thor’s father Odin, has called the MCU a ‘complete mystery’.

Sam, 73, told Australian radio station Nova: ‘I’ve never understood any of the Thor films; in fact the whole Marvel universe is a complete mystery to me.’

We won’t test him on any names and places either, as Sam revealed that those nuggets of information were beyond his reach.

Of his cameo in Thor: Ragnorak he explained: ‘I mean I was standing beside Jenny Morris and I said, “Do you know what planet we’re on?”

‘To be honest, I was completely baffled.’


Sam Neill in Thor: Ragnarok

Sam as Player Odin last time around (Picture: Disney/YouTube)

And how about director Taika Waititi’s follow-up, Thor: Love and Thunder?

Sam continued: ‘I came back and I was baffled again, I did my bit, I don’t know who is playing who exactly because they are sort of swapping roles.’

In fairness to the actor, he has a point there in that he performs as part of a troop of actors who are playing the parts of actual Marvel characters.

The Peaky Blinders and Jurassic Park star will be joined once again in the film by Matt Damon, Luke Hemsworth and Melissa McCarthy who will play Asgardian versions of Loki, Thor and Hela respectively, in a nod to the scene that delighted fans when it first featured in Thor: Ragnarok.

Ragnarok will also be adding some Greek spice to its mix, with Russell Crowe known to be making an appearance as Olympian god Zeus after he was spotted during the shoot with other cast members.


Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe will also be appearing as Olympian Zeus (Picture: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)

We reckon there’ll be some serious alpha male energy in the film, if and when Mount Olympus’ ruler Zeus encounters God of Thunder Thor and his trademark arrogance.

The Gladiator star confirmed the news of his role in March on Aussie radio station Joy 94.9, saying: ‘Now, I’m gonna get on my bicycle, I’m gonna ride up to Disney Fox studios… and round about 9:15, I shall be Zeus in Thor 4.

‘It’s my last day of Zeus-ing about and I’m going to enjoy it.’

The fourth movie in the Thor franchise (and the 29th MCU installment) sees Chris Hemsworth once again in the title role and Natalie Portman returning as Jane Foster, having sat out Ragnarok.

Christian Bale will also feature as Gorr the God Butcher, and Chris Pratt will be involved again as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, hopefully bringing more of that dynamic so enjoyable between him and Hemsworth’s Thor in the last two Avengers films.

Thor: Love and Thunder is slated to hit cinemas on May 6, 2022.

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