As Thor: Ragnarok continues principal photography, we’ve seen its all-star cast reveal all kinds of things about the upcoming film; from Mark Ruffalo sharing production photos to a recent glimpse at Tom Hiddleston’s new Loki look. But still, amidst all this talk about how The Hulk will factor in to the Norse god’s story line and what the filming process has been like for director Taika Waititi, nerds everywhere want to know: what’s happening with Jeff Goldblum?

A certain generation of sci-fi lovers think fondly of Goldblum, who they grew up with in films like Jurassic Park and Independence Day, as their dorky uncle. Goldblum plays the cosmic villain known as The Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok – and has now posted a photo to Instagram which may very well implode certain circles of the Internet.

In the Instagram post, a salt-and-peppery Goldblum dons his signature thick black glasses to take a closer look at one of Marvel’s The Mighty Thor comics–#374, in which Hela curses Thor with brittle bones and the hero teams up with X-Factor, in case you’re curious. “I’m nothing if not conscientious,” the actor coyly writes. You can check out the photo that Goldblum posted, below:

thor ragnarok jeff goldblum comics reading Jeff Goldblum Does Research for Thor: Ragnarok Role

In a previous interview about his preparation process for Ragnarok, Goldblum stated, “I’m working on my part every day. I’m a sponge, researching.” The Grandmaster, who appears in multiple arcs through The Mighty Thor‘s history, is a hyper-powerful Elder of the Universe with superhuman intellect. In the same interview, Goldblum also revealed he would “improvise and make [the role his] own” in Ragnarok, at Waititi’s encouragement. This photo is either a serious attempt by the actor to understand the world of Thor – and/or he’s throwing fans a bone. Either way, we’re not exactly complaining.

Goldblum teams up with Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (Carol), Karl Urban (Star Trek Beyond) and Tessa Thompson (Dear White People), as well as Thor regulars like Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba (oh yeah, and that Chris Hemsworth fellow), for this latest installment in the Thor movie franchise. As fans patiently await the film’s November release, all we can hope is that Ragnarok itself is as enjoyable as its cast members continue to be, posting their “updates” online throughout production.

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Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.

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