Fans of Marvel's Thor have been waiting to see the hammer-happy Norse god go up against his long-time rival, Skurge the Executioner, since he first made his cinematic debut. The upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in The Shadows), will be the third and final entry in the current God of Thunder trilogy. Karl Urban (Star Trek Beyond) has officially been cast as Skurge, the Asgardian warrior that wields a magic double-bladed battle ax.
Karl Urban previously hinted at the transformation he has to undergo to become Skurge, who is both muscular and completely bald in the original comics. Urban himself gave us a sneak peak after he took a trip to the barbershop and it definitely looks like he is getting into character.
Have a look at the revealing photo below.
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) July 25, 2016
Thor: Ragnarok is set to be a "cosmic buddy pic" that follows the adventures of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) as they travel across the nine realms to save Asgard from impending apocalypse. With elements of the popular Planet Hulk storyline confirmed, the film is shaping up to be a significantly different adventure with the two Avengers who did not appear in this year's Captain America: Civil War.
Although Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) won't be appearing in Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie (played by Tessa Thompson) is making her MCU debut in the film, while Thor's Agardian allies Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Hiemdall (Idris Elba) are back. Trickster Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is one of the morally-ambiguous players in Thor: Ragnarok, while Urban's Skurge serves Hela (Cate Blanchett), the ruler of the realm of the dead. There's also The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), an eccentric game player, in the mix.
In the world of Marvel Comics, Skurge is a ruthless warrior able to enter a frenzy during battle that makes him almost unstoppable. As the son of an Asgardian warrior and a frost giant, Skurge became a famous famed warrior himself, hence the name Executioner. After being seduced by Enchantress, he eventually assists her in every way possible as she tries to become the ruler of the nine realms over Odin. Skurge eventually goes on to redeem himself and actually becomes an ally during the galactic apocalypse.
With Urban hinting that his character has a very interesting arc in Thor: Ragnarok, we're starting to think that in the end, Skurge may turn out to be more of a friend than a foe in the film. Time will tell in that respect.
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 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.
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