With the end of franchises like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor rapidly approaching, Marvel is looking for ways to move their universe forward and usher in a new cast of superheroes.
In new photos taken from the set of Thor: Ragnarok, which is currently filming in Australia, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor can be seen holding a business card with a very peculiar address stamped on it. As Hitfix points out, 177A Bleecker St is the address of Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum where Strange lives. The card suggests that Strange may make an appearance in the film. There aren’t any other photos or clues that hint at how big of a role the appearance in Ragnarok from Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, may be, but it does confirm that the new superheroes from Marvel’s third cinematic phase and the older heroes are very much aware of each other’s existence.
That shouldn’t be too surprising, though, considering Marvel wants these new characters to resonate with the audience it has built up over the years. On Friday, Vin Diesel confirmed that the Guardians of the Galaxy characters would appear in Avengers: Infinity War, and while he didn’t mention whether or not they would directly cross paths with the original Avengers, the idea seems to be to reaffirm their place in the same universe.
If the idea is to move away from Thor, Iron Man and other characters completely, focusing instead on the new batch of superheroes that Marvel has announced — including Black Panther and Captain Marvel — then using films like Ragnarok to reiterate that idea seems to be the way Marvel plans to go about doing it.
Director Taika Waititi didn’t comment on the photo, but did post a few photos of Hemsworth walking around set. Waititi previously confirm that he was making an ‘80s-inspired buddy film that would star Hemsworth’s Thor and the Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo. Last month, Waititi spoke to Polygon about Ragnarok and talked about making one of the biggest, strangest Marvel movies to date.
Thor: Raganork will be released Nov. 3, 2017.