If the latest rumors for the upcoming Black Panther movie are any indication, Marvel is killing it in the casting department, and the company demonstrated that yet again by announcing the full cast for Thor: Ragnarok.
The film already boasts an all-star cast with Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, and Mark Ruffalo returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after sitting out Captain America: Civil War. But on Friday, Marvel announced the film would also star familiar faces from some of the biggest sci-fi and fantasy series and other critically acclaimed movies.
Cate Blanchett (who appeared in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies) will play the newest villain, Hela (finally giving the MCU a female villain); Jeff Goldblum will portray the Grandmaster; Creed’s Tessa Thompson will play Valkyrie; and LOTR and Star Trek’s Karl Urban will play Skurge.
Yes, Goldblum is now part of the MCU. We’re already anticipating the press tour for this film.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige remarked on the caliber of Thor: Ragnarok’s newest cast members in the company’s statement.
“The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff, Tessa, Karl, and Mark to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet,” Feige said. “The sheer, raw talent each of these actors brings to the screen can’t be quantified. Having any one of them join the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an honor, and having all of them is incredible.”
It’s too early to tell how everything will pan out, but this cast is a victory in itself.