The ever-busy Marvel Studios has just begun principal photography on Thor: Ragnarok, the third in the Norse-god/Avenger's solo films. Director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) has insisted that Thor would finally be the most interesting character in his own movie. It appears he has his work cut out for him, as the film co-stars The Hulk and features more villains than you can shake a star-forged hammer at.
One of these villains will be Skurge a.k.a. The Executioner, the half-Asgardian/half-Frost Giant villain, who in the comics has commonly acted as the muscle for the will-bending Enchantress. It was recently confirmed that Karl Urban (Star Trek Beyond) would be filling the role of the powerful foe.
In a recent interview with IGN, Urban discussed the physical preparation he was doing for the role:
"There's a bit of a few hours at the gym lifting heavy things... The irony is that you won't actually see my body in this movie under the costume that I have, but it's important for me to get into the zone and feel [the part]."
Urban recently teased the involvement of Weta Workshop with a cryptic tweet. A betting man would guess he was either getting fitted for some killer Asgardian Armor, or testing out the heft of his massive new axe.
During the IGN interview, Urban went into a bit more detail about how he got involved on the Thor threequel:
"I read a fantastic script that was action-packed and full of great characters. When I heard who was involved … and [saw] the opportunity to work with [director] Taika Waititi, who I think is one of the most brilliant directors coming through, I made the decision it was something that I wanted to be a part of. And the character is fantastic. He's got a great arc to him. Obviously I can't say too much about it, but I'm really thrilled to be a part of the Marvel universe and to be working on Thor: Ragnarok."
It sounds like there will be more to Skurge's role than that of a moustache-twirling villain (or, worse yet, a two-dimensional henchman) - very good news for those who are hoping for more depth in their MCU villains. Skurge has a fascinating and tragic arc in the comics as well, but we'll just have to wait and see how closely the film honors his character's legacy.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more updates on Thor: Ragnarok as production continues.
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by 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 Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.