Of all the characters being introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thor: Ragnarok, Grandmaster is the most eccentric of the bunch. Which is to be expected when you cast Jeff Goldblum. As the ruler of the planet Sakaar, Goldblum's Grandmaster serves as a side antagonist in Thor: Ragnarok, forcing the God of Thunder to fight for his life in gladiatorial combat. But the third Thor movie wasn't the only material Goldblum shot as Grandmaster. In the same vein as the Team Thor mockumentary shorts, there's a short film floating around featuring Grandmaster hanging out with his own roommate. As Goldblum revealed:
For those who need a refresher, last year during San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel released a comedic short that showed Thor hanging out in Australia and living with an office worker named Darryl during the events of Captain America: Civil War. Team Thor Part 2 was attached to Doctor Strange's home media release earlier this year, which was also directed by Taika Waititi, the man behind Thor: Ragnarok. Now we've learned from Jeff Goldblum that Waititi decided to give Grandmaster a taste of everyday living in the Land Down Under. Goldblum didn't say in his interview with Radio Times if this short film will ever be released, although this sounds likes an excellent special feature for Thor: Ragnarok's home release next year.
Just like the Team Thor shorts, we can reasonably assume that this Grandmaster short film isn't legitimately canon within the MCU. After all, why would that character want to hang out in an Australian neighborhood when he has an entire planet to keep him entertained? But from a purely comedic standpoint, seeing the colorful Elder of the Universe doing mundane activities like ordering takeout and watching the local news is something would surely be the stuff of legend. Okay, I might be exaggerating, but nevertheless, here's hoping that Marvel eventually releases this short film so we can see if he does a better job of "adulting" than Thor did. But until that happens, you can look forward to seeing the MCU's Grandmaster manipulate those under his rule in Thor: Ragnarok, which will include forcing Thor to fight Sakaar's reigning champion, the Incredible Hulk.
Thor: Ragnarok will introduce Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster to the world when it's released on November 3. Be sure to read our review of the movie, and look through our 2017 premiere guide to find out when the year's remaining cinematic offerings are hitting the silver screen.
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