Stellan Skarsgard Says He Has a Role in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

     August 18, 2014


Principal photography just recently wrapped on one of next year’s (many) heavy hitters, the Marvel sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, but an interesting bit of casting for the film has now surfaced.  Stellan Skarsgard, who was last seen running around sans clothes in last year’s Thor: The Dark World, says he will be reprising his role as Dr. Erik Selvig in the Avengers sequel, adding another piece of Marvel Cinematic Universe connective tissue to the highly anticipated follow-up.  More after the jump.

stellan-skarsgard-thor-the-dark-worldIn recounting how he initially became involved with the Marvel universe in Thor during an interview with Total Film magazine (via CBM), Skarsgard revealed that he has a small appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron:

“I didn’t have much clue about the Marvel universe at that time. What I said to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, was, ‘All those superheroes? Still in those comic books? Can you make money out of that?’ The whole table just froze and looked at me as if I was an idiot. But you sign on for at least five films, I think. Or I did. I’m going to do my fourth. I’m going to be in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a small appearance. It’s something really nice. Even if it’s owned by Disney now, it’s really run by four or five people, and they know exactly what they’re doing. I like working with them because if I have a problem with the scene, I have Kevin Feige’s number. I can call the head of the studio. You can’t do that when you work on a normal Disney film or with Warner Bros or Paramount.”

avengers-age-of-ultron-avengers-partyThough Skarsgard was understandably tight-lipped about his role in Age of Ultron, he did provide a hint as to Selvig’s purpose in the film:

“First of all, I don’t know what I’m allowed to say. But usually they call me in if they need something explained. There’s a lot of explanations to do when it comes to that universe.”

It’s true that Selvig has been used as a sort of expositional character since his larger role in Thor, especially with his appearance in The Avengers, and one imagines he’ll provide a key piece of plot info during a scene in Age of Ultron.  Here’s hoping Joss Whedon gives him a bit more of a memorable turn this time around for what just might be Selvig’s second-to-last Marvel appearance.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.


  • Alex

    Is he going to be wearing clothes this time?

    • sjewgyu

      Lets all hope he is; for our eyes sake.

  • Person

    Thor, Avengers, Thor 2, Avengers 2, Thor 3 – that sounds like it’ll be his roster unless Marvel renews the contract for additional films. I guess the better question is whether Marvel will recast all of Thor’s main cast after Thor 3?

    • milo

      I don’t see why they’d recast. If one of the main actors doesn’t come back at some point they can either pass on the “title” (Captain America) or retire the character for a while, while others take center stage. With secondary characters, if they lose an actor in most cases they can write out the character. Seems like Iron Man is the one character they’d most like to keep going, maybe they’d recast RDJ but other than that I think they’d avoid recasting any time soon. After three avengers and three Thor movies I think many people wouldn’t feel bad if they don’t see much of Thor for a while.

      • CaptainCarl

        No one at Marvel would dream of recasting RDJ as Iron Man. RDJ is one of the only reasons Iron Man actually worked as a movie; audiences loved him and he fit the role so perfectly. No one could do that role justice anymore, unless of course years down the road they reboot the entire Marvel universe. It would be like recasting the Joker at this point, no one is going to touch that role for a long time now that we have seen Heath Ledger’s version.

      • Lex Walker

        From another perspective, they already have retired and replaced the quintessential Joker: Mark Hamill. For many his voice is the embodiment of that character and over the last few years other actors have been taking over the role. To say that Ledger is irreplaceable in the near future because of one film is absurd.

      • Person

        I agree, I don’t think Marvel WANTS to recast Downey, but he was actually the first person Feige ever talked about when it came to re-casting roles (that’s when Feige proposed not doing a reboot, but just re-casting like the James Bond movies do, which is probably the best idea).

        In any case, Marvel is pretty much 100% when it comes to their casting for all of these movies (minus the whole Terrance Howard/Don Cheadle fiasco, cuz Howard is definitely better), so I hope they don’t re-cast anything until they absolutely have to.

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  • CaptainCarl

    I’m curious to see at what point the Marvel movies start losing steam. We are definitely starting to see some superhero fatigue from audiences (thanks primarily to Sony and Fox, not necessarily Marvel), and it will be interesting to see if Feige and co. can keep this up and finish their vision, in what I’m assuming will be the culmination of this universe with Avengers III: Everyone and Their Dog Battles Thanos. So far they’ve done a great job of keeping things moving along and fresh, and it looks like the next batch (Ant-Man, Dr. Strange?) will probably carry the torch well, but what then? I know it’s still a long ways off, but I can’t help thinking we’ll all be sick and tired of superhero movies by the time Avengers 3 shows up. Hopefully I’m wrong.

    • Luciano Jose Marin

      I Believe They will save Thanos for at least two movies, fase 3 and 4? after that who knows.. I suppose the will try rotating carachters in avengers, and trying different genres within the superhero universe

  • salfie

    I like Selvig, I think he’s a good character. Glad to hear he’s coming back for AOU. I’d like to see some other ancillary characters (Jane, Betty, Pepper) in the Avengers movies to personally raise the stakes for the heroes.

    • Ellieinto

      Plus we really need a Coulson cameo. It’s beyond ridiculous that he’s in charge of SHIELD now yet none of the Avengers knows he’s alive.