Stellan Skarsgård Confirms His Character's Return for Marvel's THE AVENGERS
In speaking with a newspaper from his native country, the veteran Swedish actor let slip the news that he will taking part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond May 6's Thor.
Skarsgård plays Dr. Selvig in the Kenneth Branagh film about Marvel's God of Thunder. The character has no basis in comics, but is portrayed as one of the scientists that find Thor in the middle of the New Mexico desert along with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Darcy (Kat Dennings).
With the recent rumors surrounding who the villains will be in the superhero team-up epic, rumblings are rising of the character becoming an eventual villain.
Avengers has a set release date of May 4, 2012 with Thor coming in a year earlier in May 6 of this year. Plot details are scarce for the anticipated feature film of Marvel's ultimate super group, but there has been some rumors that have cited the Son of Odin's mischievous brother Loki and the alien race of the Skrulls as its principal bad guys.
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, "Thor," which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
For now, the character will premier in Thor which stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander, Stellan Sarsgard, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg and Ray Stevenson; among others. The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh and is scheduled for 2D and 3D theatrical release May 6, 2011.