While it’s been fairly well-known (or at least assumed) that Stellan Skarsgard’s Dr. Erik Selvig might not be back for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok–since it was mainly taking place in space–the actor still thinks he may be called back for Avengers: Infinity War since he has one more film in his contract.
When talking to Skarsgard for his upcoming Norwegian crime-thriller In Order of Disappearance (in theaters and VOD on August 26), he said that he doesn’t known anything for sure yet but thinks that it’s likely you’ll see him in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, if only to finish up his current contract, although he half-joked they would probably have to pay him more money.
Skarsgard’s Dr. Selvig was first introduced in Marvel Studios’ Thor in 2011 and he played a key role in Marvel’s The Avengers the next year. He returned in Thor: The Dark World and made a brief appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron as well. (So that would be four movies in what he told us was a five-movie contract.)
Selvig has proven so popular that Marvel Comics has brought the character into the actual comics, notably as a Hydra double agent in the controversial storyline in “SteveRogers, Captain America.” (You can also play as Selvig in the LEGO The Avengers video game released earlier this year.)
One actor and character who will definitely be back for Thor: Ragnarok is Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and he even shared a picture of himself on set which you can see here.
Look for more from our interview with Skarsgard and his director Hans Peter Molland before In Order of Disapperance is released on August 26.