Stellan Skarsgard Returns For ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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Stellan Skarsgard as Dr Erik Selvig Stellan Skarsgard Returns For The Avengers: Age of Ultron

In Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the origin story for Thor helped setup the villain and main plot of The Avengers. A key to the pseudo-science involved in making the otherworldly stuff in Thor and The Avengers work was the character of Dr. Erik Selvig played by Stellan Skarsgård, a mentor of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. Selvig returned again in an even wackier, comedic exposition-focused role for Thor: The Dark World for even more questionable science-y plot necessities and we just learned that he’ll be back again for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

From what we know about The Avengers sequel, it’s very Earth-based. The titular villain Ultron is a creation of hero Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and new potential hero Vision is a creation of Ultron. There are no alien armies, portals opening over major cities or flying space whales involved… that we know of. Yet in chatting with Total Film, Skarsgård confirmed that he does have a part to play in writer and director’s Joss Whedon’s sequel to The Avengers and that he’ll again be there to serve a very specific purpose.

After joking in the interview about how he first joined Marvel and had little faith or knowledge that a superhero franchise could become what it is today, Skarsgard explained that he has the number of Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige’s and can call him whenever he has “a problem with the scene.” He continues, “you can’t do that when you work on a normal Disney film or with Warner Bros or Paramount.” That would be terrible for a director if every actor could go over their head but the actor confirmed that he signed on for five films before revealing that he has “a small appearance” in Age of Ultron in what he describes as “something really nice.”

“Yeah, I was naked again. They called my agent and said, ‘Do you think Stellan will mind being naked?’ My agent laughed his head off. Yeah, I almost insist! Sometimes with a contract you get a nudity clause, which is fantastic. It’s supposed to protect me from having my genitals exploited, which I doubt anybody would make a dime on.”

“First of all, I don’t know what I’m allowed to say. But usually they call me in if they need something explained. There’s a lot of explanations to do when it comes to that universe.”

If we’re getting naked older Skarsgård again (and not his son who’s frequently naked in HBO’s True Blood), we could be seeing another scene of Selvig losing his mind again just like we saw in Thor: The Dark World. That or Whedon is simply playing on that naked gag for laughs. We expect it to be the former if he’s there to explain stuff and maybe Selvig is one of the many cameos we could see during the widely reported party scene at Avengers tower that was partially shown in the San Diego Comic-Con footage.

We know the film picks up from the post-credits button scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier where new villainous character Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) is experimenting on Loki’s staff and Chitauri alien technology from The Avengers and seemingly using it on other new characters, the twins Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Perhaps Selvig’s expertise comes in handy with The Avengers learning how the newcomers have powers or in deciphering what Strucker has been up to. Maybe Ultron seeks Selvig out for knowledge?

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Dr. Erik Selvig Explaining The Universe

If Stellan Skarsgard does have five-picture contract though, it’s a safe bet he’s back for Thor 3 which is currently without a release date but has a script in the works by Craig Kyle (Thor: Tales of Asgard) and Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World). Ready for more naked Selvig?


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The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28 2017, November 3 2017, May 4 2018, July 6 2018, November 2 2018 and May 3 2019.

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  1. this prolly wont happen, but wouldnt it be cool if they said fudge it, and let Ultron turn Selvig into Modok ? that just popped in my mind…
    anyone agree ?

    • M.O.D.O.K. was already in Winter Soldier, kind of.

      • Arnim Zola and M.O.D.O.K. are not one and the same. Arnim Zola is a guy with his personality and brain patterns inside a machine, while M.O.D.O.K. is a guy with a giant mutated head.

        • It won’t be surprising if they decided to just combine the two characters though, plus putting that program inside a big robot head probably would be much easier to explain.

          • I could see them doing that. I hope they don’t however.

          • totally disagree – Arnim Zola and MODOK are totally different characters and combining them actually wouldn’t make much sense. Arnim Zola is more Cap’s enemy and MODOK (created by AIM) is “traditionally” an enemy of Iron Man.

            and I think for now Arnim Zola will remain a villain in the past (hopefully appearing in Agent Carter) and while MODOK seems to very “popular” with some fans – he / it is clearly not an easy transition to the MCU, but hey you never know.

            Either way there are a whole bunch of other characters to bring to the MCU that would be easier and I think potentially interesting stories – ie. Baron Zemo and the Masters of Evil.

    • The rumour I’ve been hearing is that Selvig will be the Coulson for this film, dying at the hands of Ultron to enrage Thor and cause him to attack and be defeated by the robot.

      If that’s the case, his final film appearance could theoretically be a flashback if they go with the Ragnarok theme of Thor 3. You know, Selvig welcoming Thor to Hel when he dies or being a comforting presence to him/encouraging him to go back into his physical body/whatever.

      • Wouldn’t Thor go to Valhalla?

        • It depends.

          Valhalla is the hall in Asgard where warriors go when they die in battle but Hel is the place in Norse mythology where the dead go.

          It all depends what Marvel want to do and whether Hela will reside in Hel or Valhalla if/when she’s introduced (in traditional mythology, Hela is named Hel and lives in the place for which she is named).

          I know a surprising amount about Norse mythology, mainly thanks to a guy I knew 12 years ago who had characters named The Lokian, The Odinist and others due to his love of Norse myths and the characters/locations within it.

      • @Dazz: Interesting. What’s the source of this rumour?

  2. Considering the scale of the movie is said to be ‘worldwide attack’, it’s no surprise -it’s great even- if we get many cameos from many MCU characters throughout the world. Dr Selvig is last stationed in London right? Wouldn’t be hard showcasing destruction that forced him to run around naked (he’s probably in a shower when the drones attacks?). Should we expect Darcy and her intern/lover as well?

    Beside him, it seems Sebastian Stan will also show up for a quick cameo, since both Stan and his double were in London for a short time during filming at the Shepperton Studio.

    • Didn’t Captain Britain repel the attack on London in the Comic? I may be wrong, but I’m sort of see him, even as just a blink and you miss it Cameo..

      • Though seeing Captain Britain would be cool, I have a small fear that he may be a Fox property since he is widely knows to be a memeber of the X-Team Excalibur. When the contract was given to Fox, it was a pretty big comic and he was a central part of the team. We can hope I am wrong, but I think its a good chance.

  3. I like Stellan in that role as Dr.Selvig.He’s a good actor and he did well in the Avengers and Thor 2.I would like to see him again,cool dude.Loved him in The Glass House that was a good movie.

  4. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will feature Rhodey from the IRON MAN series, Peggy Carter from the CAPTAIN AMERICA series, and Erik Selvig from the THOR series. Is it really too much to ask that we get even the briefest of cameos from one of THE INCREDIBLE HULK’s supporting players?

    • Like General Thunderbolt Ross?

      • To help set up Red Hulk?

        • Please NO RED HULK.

          I personally think it would be repetitive and seem like a lack of creativity to average movie goers to see another hulk who is red.

          This comes from someone who actually reads Marvel comics religiously and doesn’t mind Red Hulk in the comic but for the movies?

          I wouldn’t mind seeing him for like one small action scene as a teaser but that is as far as I would take it.

          • I envision him as a secondary villain in The Incredible Hulk 2 (if they make one), main villain would of course be The Leader but he’s a mostly cerebral villain, and Hulk needs someone he can be in a fistfight with. Could get powers from mixing the Hulk formula with Extremis.

            • How about the Wrecking Crew for him to fight?

        • Red Hulk would be epic!!!!!!! And would set up Secret Avengers or Thunderbolts or Defenders for later.

          • Defenders are already confirmed. They’ll be a miniseries alongside Daredevil and Luke Cage next year

    • I would assume that since the recasting and redesigning of Banner and Hulk, they are trying to isolate The Incredible Hulk film.

      • No, in the Marvel One Shot The Consultant, Coulson tells Sitwell that the World Security Counsel wants Blonsky on the team, and in an episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. They mention the facility codenamed the fridge and say that Blonsky is incarcerated there.

        • They also use footage from the second Hulk movie in the Avengers when Coulson shows Tony the other Avengers for first time in Stark Tower. The Hulk is shown on a screen fighting in the University schoolyard.

          • Technically it’s the first Hulk film, because Ang Lee’s Hulk is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  5. Alexander Skarsgard for Adam Warlock.

    • I’d rather they cast an actor.

      • Idk if I likw him for the role but idk what you are talking about…he is actually a good actor.

  6. I know this isn’t exactly the right forum for this but the people must be told! Okay here goes…I was watching Guardians of the Galaxy for the third time and I can swear that I saw Thor inside one of the Collector’s containers! It happens shortly before Tivan begins marveling over Groot’s appearance. If you look closely, you see someone sitting with their back propped up against the glass (facing away from the camera). There appears to be a very distinctive red cape and long blonde hair. He then raises his head briefly before settling back down in what seems to be a very defeated manner.

    If I’m correct, this raises some very interesting questions. Obviously Thor is around for Avengers 2, so maybe Ultron (or someone else) plans to dispose of one of Earth’s Mightiest by selling him to the Collector? This would mean that the events of Guardians of the Galaxy happen after Age of Ultron. Who knows…but please, sound off! Go see it again (knock TMNT out of it’s current box office lead) and tell me if you see the same. So far I have not seen anyone comment on this yet so it could be a massive easter egg.

    • I think the general consensus is that the creature in The Collector’s pod is Beta Ray Bill. A horse-faced alien that held mjolnir for a bit and had the distinction of having a similar hammer of the gods made for him.

    • Dude, there’s no way that’s Thor, but it is an easter egg. Most people say it’s Beta Ray Bill an alien horse whose costume is as same as Thor’s.

      And, dude, out of all the names you could think of, why Thor? Shouldn’t that not make any sense?

      • It doesn’t not make sense, Thor has been collected before in the comics. Either way like I said I hadn’t seen much buzz about it so I wanted to see what others had thought, didn’t even consider BRB so that’s potentially pretty awesome. Thanks for the feedback though.

        • There was a lot of buzz about it. That buzz was Beta Ray Bill. I like your enthusiasm though!

        • Everything you described about the character is what I saw too EXCEPT The character didn’t have blonde hair. The character was bald and had dark tan looking skin.

          The baldness and dark tan skin fit Beta Ray Bill. Plus the fact we didn’t see his face when he sort of turned his head means that his face is probably different looking so it stands to reason he had a horse face we couldn’t see.

        • It’s not about the comics, it doesn’t make sense in the story, it’s been confirmed that Guardians takes place present day plus it would be confusing since all the scenes with Thanos happen before he appears again in Avengers 2 and mixing the timeline up would turn people off and besides Thor is currently in London so it makes no sense whatsoever that he suddenly appears in a glass cage on Knowhere.

    • A lot of people think it was Beta Ray Bill.

    • You must have good eyesight. The most I could see of that figure either time I saw the movie was a flash of red.

      Guardians of the Galaxy takes place before Age of Ultron (it starts in 1988, and then the main action takes place 26 years later, in 2014), so there’s no way for this to be the result of what happens in Age of Ultron. As other commenters have said, the consensus is that the figure in the red cloak is Beta Ray Bill, an alien with a horse-like face who is one of the few creatures in the Marvel Universe granted the ability to wield Mjolnir. As a result, Odin bestows a hammer similar to Mjolnir (Stormbreaker) on Bill, who becomes an ally of Thor and the Avengers.

      So that’s definitely an Easter Egg, and may even be setting up Beta Ray Bill to appear in GotG 2 or Thor 3, but it’s definitely not Thor.

      • Actually that would make sense if it is Beta Ray Bill since if I recall correctly he is the last of his race – which is the sort of thing the Collector collects.

    • I saw that too and was hoping it’s Beta Ray Bill

      • Unfortunately, I saw pics after and it seems more likely to not be Beta Ray Bill, although it’d be sweet if it was.

  7. I want a nudity clause in my job contract too.
    It’ll be a riot

  8. Maybe he’ll show up as a intermediary for Thor and Jane… “Dear Jane, welcome to dumpsville, population you.”

    Or, ya know, Strucker might hunt him down for his knowledge of the staff.

  9. What about Coulson?

    • I don’t think they’ll bring him back into the movies, most likely will just keep him on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  10. Holy, that dude from True Blood is the son of Stellan Skarsgard, never knew. You learn something new everyday.

    • I just learned a few minutes ago there are Egg-laying Mammals.

      the duck-billed platypus and four species of echidna (also known as spiny anteaters).
      All found only in Australia and New Guinea.

      the more you know .. ** .. :)

      • And knowing is half the battle.

        • The other half, of course, is a blend of red and blue lasers.

    • His other son is the werewolf from Hemlock Grove.

  11. I can’t help but to feel like the stuff Selvig is helping the Avengers out with should actually be Hank Pym.

  12. Back for the Dead?

  13. interesting if we have the Bucky and Selvig cameos, along with Rhodey’s appearance in the film it helps immerse the universe a bit that all the characters are connected.

    Although I doubt Rhodey will actually get to be War Machine in the film which sucks.

    • I have the same feeling, too, that Rhodey will not be suiting up for this one. And that does suck because aside from the final fight in Iron Man 2, we really haven’t had the chance to see War Machine do some real damage.

  14. Selvig is back for Age of Ultron? That means Jane Foster will be in the MCU mix as well (sorry anti-Jane faction). She’s been exposed to the Aether, which may have lingering effects, just like Selvig’s streaking and mind loss thanks to Loki’s possession. That could make her a target for the government; she’s seen as dangerous. If you member in the first Thor Jane’s research was confiscated by S.H.I.E.L.D. for national security purposes. S.H.I.E.L.D. didn’t keep it; but it doesn’t mean enemies of Earth may not be interested. If Thor and Jane broke up as rumored, her new peril will bring them back together. Jane’s alleged rebound Richard will be out in the cold because he wouldn’t be able to handle all of Jane’s secrets: friendship with Erik, work with “terrorist organization” S.H.I.E.L.D., exposure to the Aether, and most of all, her romance with Thor.

  15. I wonder what Stellan Skarsgard would have been like as Odin, and his son Alexander as Thor!??

    • Considering they’re Swedish, which has Nordic culture, where Thor and Odin originated from, people would’ve said they’re just reenacting Nordic Mythology on comic book version…

  16. Can Selvig even die after being touched by Loki’s scepter?

    • Loki’s scepter is most likely the mind gem, which does not give immortality.

      • or maybe a weapon made from Mind Gem’s juice, like what Hydra did back in Captain America First Avenger.

      • Not a mind gem, Guardians of the Galaxy proved that the gems were of different colors. And having identical colors in 2 gems is not a possibility

  17. If they bring him back…don’t use him for giggles. He was not funny at all in Thor 2, Marvel destroyed this character for the cheap laughs. Hopefully Marvel learns

  18. They’re probably going to get him to study Loki’s staff, and reveal that it’s actually the Mind Stone. Baron von Strucker probably used this to control the twins before they were liberated by the Avengers, but then Ultron uses it to turn them against the Avengers again.

    If so, this movie will end up having a lot of themes about the mind (e.g., the mind stone, Ultron’s AI). And this fits a lot with Scarlett Johanson’s description of the script as being very “cerebral”.

    • That’s actually a really good theory. Im thinking that might very well be the case. You are quite observant man

    • Mind Stone? You think Marvel would just incorporate 2 identical colors between the Tesseract and the Scepter? Guardians of the Galaxy contradicts your opinion

      • When did they establish that in GOTG?

  19. Please let him return…for a death scene. HIS COMIC RELIEF CHARACTER is the only bad thing about the THOR movies.

  20. ‘titular’

  21. Well I try not to upset u guys. Yes! I do,Thor and Jane are still together. Chris comfirm that Thor is not a bachelor. He’s been living on earth and having a great time. So haha.