Many, myself included, have complained in the past about the Thor films’ obsession with Earth. Primarily done for budgetary reasons, at least in the first Thor, a great deal of the two existing films in the franchises have taken place on or revolved around our world. The bright side is that this anchor of a location also gave us the likes of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), and Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard). All three were fun in the first film and put to even better use in the second.
The latter has been utilized more than most, popping up not only in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, but also in both The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. According to a recent interview that Stellan Skarsgard with Den of Geek, however, it seems unlikely that Selvig or the others will be appearing in Thor: Ragnarok next year.
I have a five-film deal with them, and they still have one option …Thor 3 is not on my slate, but maybe the next Avengers.
This jibes with everything we have heard about Ragnarok thus far. While the film is expected to have at least a few short sequences on Earth, the majority of its running time will see our titular hero journeying throughout the cosmos across the Nine Realms, with pal Hulk in tow. The fate of Asgard and the rest of existence are at stake, as Thor and his big green buddy are supposedly tasked with taking down both Loki and newcomer villain Hela. Sorry Son of Odin, no time for love (or sidekick shenanigans) in this sequel.
Between Skarsgard’s above statement and the souring of Natalie Portman’s relationship with Marvel (hence her absence during the Age of Ultron party scene), it’s a safe bet that poor Kat Dennings will be hung out to dry when it comes to an appearance as well. At least Skarsgard still has that extra option on his contract and given the cosmic nature of the upcoming pair of Avengers: Infinity War films, I think it’s a safe bet that he’s right. Selvig might be sitting out Ragnarok, but there’s a good chance he will be pressed back into service in Infinity War.
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