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I guess this means there will be significantly less streaking in Thor 3.

In an interview with Den of Geek, Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Stellan Skarsgård let it slip that his character Erik Selvig won’t be returning in the Thor sequel.

I have a five-film deal with them, and they still have one option … Thor 3is not on my slate, but maybe the next Avengers.

If Skarsgård only has one MCU film left in his contract, then I’m glad they are saving him for the Avengers. It makes sense, as last we see of him he is working at the newly created Avengers facility. While I do enjoy his character in general, I’m glad to here this news. I think the character works much better in the context of The Avengers than he does in Thor anyway. This news falls in line with everything else we’ve heard about Thor: Ragnarok as well.

The Thor franchise is almost universally regarded as Marvel’s worst franchise (even though I do enjoy the first one), and in no small part to the focus it puts on its supporting Earth cast. Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, and Stellan Skarsgård have all taken up significant amounts of screen time in both Thor movies, and I think that’s been to its detriment.

The supporting Earth cast has played the role of the “comic relief” but for the most part they have failed,  acting as more of an annoyance that comedic. They take away from the fantastical and interesting parts of the Thor mythos and really hurt the films as a whole. Reportedly Marvel is treating the Thor franchise as if they are in “critical condition” and are aiming to fix the mistakes of previous films, as many believe Thor: Ragnarok is their last chance to get it right.

Third time’s the charm eh?


 

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3rd, 2017.

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