After so memorably losing his clothes and his mind in last year’s Thor: The Dark World, Stellan Skarsgard has confirmed that he’ll be reprising his part as scientist Erik Selvig in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. While it was widely expected that Selvig would at least get a shout-out, this is our first confirmation that he will in fact appear in the (hopefully clothed) flesh in Age of Ultron.
Recently, while speaking about his Marvel Cinematic Universe role with Total Film, Skarsgard said:
“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.”
According to the actor, Selvig’s role may be limited to an exposition dump this time around – though that’s nothing particularly new for the character:
“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.”
Regardless of how big his part is, it will be great to see Skarsgard return to the screen in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The sequel opens May 1st next year.