WARNING! Major spoilers below
Marvel is leading the way in film, we expect the ultimate action, adventures, superheroes and villains, but what about all those surprise celebrity appearances? From comedians to music artists, let’s look back on the best ever Marvel cameos to date.
Matt Damon in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
Who they play: As Thor returns to Asgard at the beginning of the film, he finds that it’s being run by his trickster brother Loki (who’s disguised himself as their father, Odin). As Loki enjoys his new world, he puts on a play that depicts his (fake) death, and Matt Damon is the actor that plays him.
Why it’s so good: It’s just genuinely, properly funny. Taika Waititi’s direction of Thor: Ragnarok was a breath of fresh air, bringing life to the third installment of what had been so far stagnant trilogy, and this was just one of countless brilliant moments during the film. Also, it’s Matt Damon.
Brad Pitt in Deadpool 2
Who they play: The Vanisher, an invisible team member of X Force, a super=team created by Deadpool. The character only makes an appearance for a split second where he is electrocuted (when it’s revealed Brad Pitt as the actor who plays him).
Why is it so good? It wasn’t your imagination, that really was Brad Pitt for 0.33 seconds. If you missed it, it’s probably because you blinked. It’s shocking and a real tummy-tickler; a small but brilliantly unexpected cameo.
Miley Cyrus in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’
Who they play: Miley Cyrus lent her voice to the Guardians of the Galaxy character Mainframe, who’s an artificial intelligence captain working alongside Ravenger captain Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone), in one of the film’s five (!!!) post-credits scenes.
Why is it so good? Because the pay off is worth it. You’ve sat through the film, and the first of these post-credits scenes and then up pops and up pops Sly (sorry, Stakar), who are trying to reunite his OG Guardians of the Galaxy team. Fans of the comic book will recognize the gang he’s brought together as the 1975 Guardians; but really, this scene is all about Miley’s robot voice which we totally weren’t expecting.
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in ‘X-Men: First Class’
Who they play: As per, Hugh Jackman is playing his now iconic role of Wolverine. In ‘X-Men: First Class’ he is approached in a bar by a young Charles Xavier (aka Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) as they attempt to recruit him to their new team: the X-Men. Wolverine, however, is less than impressed by their offer.
Why is it so good? Wolverine is only on screen for about 20 seconds, but he still manages to produce one of the best, properly laugh out loud, moments of the film.
Joan Rivers in ‘Iron Man 3’
Who they play: Joan Rivers plays herself! A chat show host, dedicating her show to criticizing the new Iron Patriot armor after he decided to take matters into his own hands to find the Mandarin (a terrorist leader in the film).
Why is it so good? A woman of all trades, a comedian, actress, writer and television host, it can’t get much better than playing yourself in a film.