Out of those returning for The Avengers, Stellan Skarsgard was one of the actors first confirmed that was not a part of the main troupe of heroes. While we’re still not exactly clear on how the character of Dr. Erik Selvig will return, though the post-credits scene of Thor has hinted, it’s unclear if the character will even return to next year’s Thor 2. With production set to start later this year, Skarsgard has finally opened up, and revealed just where his fate lies for the second film.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Skarsgard said, “They’re working on [Thor 2] and they hope to start shooting in the fall, and I hope to be in it. They have me on contract so… And I’d love to work with those guys again. I’m having fun in the Marvel films.” So while that isn’t necessarily a confirmation, it’s certainly seemingly likely he’ll return, especially since he’s contracted.
However, it seems Dr. Selvig may not return in the same shape as we last saw him. ”I haven’t seen [The Avengers] yet but it’s the same character as in the first Thor film, although something happens in The Avengers which changes him and which gave me the pleasure of playing something different.” The character is not one present in the comic continutity of things, so Selvig’s fate is certainly one left wide open. There’s the chance he could go on to become a villain of some sorts, or just be written out at any given moment.
Meanwhile, Thor himself Chris Hemsworth found himself speaking to The York Press, and the actor has voiced his own concerns on what he’d like in the sequel. “I haven’t got a script yet for Thor 2. I do get input into the script to a degree. Alan Taylor, one of the directors and creators of Game Of Thrones, is directing it. What I love about that series is the mythical element to it, but that world that they lived in was entirely tangible and organic. It was all real locations, not green screen. I think Thor and Asgard could use that. That would be a huge plus, to not have worlds that are too clinical and ethereal, and have places that look like they have existed for thousands of years. I think this would be more locations and less green screen.”
Less green screen would indeed be a great development, though we can’t really promise less with Asgard. The highly mystical place is rooted around the technology, but if anyone can do it, it could be Taylor.
Thor 2, starring Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Josh Dallas, Jaimie Alexander, and more, is set to open on November 15th, 2013.