**WARNING: CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR**
Does Thor director Kenneth Branagh have a cameo in Avengers: Infinity War? That’s the rumour that’s doing the rounds as viewers believe they’ve spotted the actor’s distinctive voice at the very start of the Marvel superhero juggernaut.
Branagh – who first introduced the world to Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki – has not directed a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2011’s Thor, back in the early days of the studio’s record-beating franchise.
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But if reports are to be believed, Branagh lends his voice to the start of Infinity War, set in Asgard – the world he helped to create. The film opens directly after last year’s smash hit Thor: Ragnorok, with the Grandmaster’s ship The Statesman under threat from Thanos’ forces.
A distress signal begs for mercy in a broadcast which is heard by the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Branagh’s role is not recorded in the film’s credits – and much like unlisted Star Wars cameos from Tom Hardy and Daniel Craig, it might be tricky to confirm.
But would be a neat link to the early days of the MCU from Infinity War directors Jo and Anthony Russo, adding a former Marvel director to a long list of sneaky cameos in their critically-acclaimed superhero team-up (you can read more about those cameos here).