What is the future of film? A skit from The Late Late Show with James Corden imagines a bold new world in which moviegoers can watch Thor: Ragnarok as a cutting-edge form of cinema: “4D,” which Corden describes as “action literally leaping off the screen. What that means in practice is a low-budget stage play, performed in the movie theater by actors in phenomenally cheap costumes and uncooperative wigs.
The twist? Those actors turn out to be the real-life Thor: Ragnarock cast of Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeff Goldblum, reprising their movie roles for a live, surprised audience who thought they were actually seeing the new Marvel movie. “Will they be mad that I’m interrupting the film?” Corden says. “Possibly. You know, wherever there is change, people will call it disruption. So I guess, you know, what I’m saying is, ‘Who gives a [bleep]?’”
The 11-minute skit does include some light spoilers for the film, but it’s worth it to watch Hiddleston lose his Inhumans-budget wig while Blanchett desperately phones her agent, looking for a way out of the production. “I think those poor people just want to watch the movie,” she says. The whole thing has a charming, middle school production feel, but the cast is game — at least, for this one performance.
Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters today, if you still want to see the real thing for some reason.