– by David Kozlowski

Of all the crazy, weird, and nutso characters in Thor: Ragnarok, perhaps the strangest was Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. An immortal being who’s best described as “eccentric.” Grandmaster would actually have been right at home in 1980’s wacko Flash Gordon film; Goldblum was arguably channeling Max von Sydow’s Ming the Merciless in both appearance and style… oh, who am I kidding, Thor: Ragnarok is basically a stealth remake of Flash Gordon. Here’s proof:

I gotta give the slight edge to Flash Gordon — that soundtrack by Queen, just amazing! Seriously though, Goldblum’s Grandmaster was way, way out there and he stole every scene in which he appeared. Here’s how Goldblum described the character to CinemaBlend:

“He’s a hedonist, a pleasure-seeker. He’s an enjoyer of life and tastes and smells. I thought, ‘I can do that, I’ll bet!’ I’m working on my part every day. I’m a sponge, researching. [Taika Waititi] is encouraging me to improvise and make it my own, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I hope he doesn’t throw me out on the first day!”

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Goldblum surely delivered on his own expectations (and then some). Fans and critics loved the character, and many are holding out hope for his return in the Thor: Ragnarok sequel (if there is one).

No? Not convinced? OK, here’s a minute and a half of Goldblum’s Grandmaster playing charades with Topaz, as played by Rachel House. You can appreciate why this extended scene was cut from the film (it’s kind of cringeworthy), but you have to appreciate how committed Goldblum was to essentially being Goldblum:

Given the success of this film, it’s only a matter of time before Marvel greenlights a sequel — and somehow, someway Grandmaster needs to be a part of it. Anyways, here’s a bonus throwback trailer from Thor: Ragnarok… I mean Flash Gordon, because the Internet:

Good lord that was awful, I mean brilliant. Ah, the 80s. If you fail to see that Thor: Ragnarok was a secret remake of Flash Gordon, well then I’m afraid we can’t be friends.

Are you hoping for a Thor: Ragnarok sequel with more Goldblum? Let us know in the comments down below!

Thor: Ragnarok arrives on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, etc. on February 20, 2018.

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SOURCE: Marvel , YouTube , IMDb , CinemaBlend

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.