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Last Friday, it was announced that Karl Urban would be making their way over the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the form of the Marvel baddie Skurge the Executioner. While Urban is no stranger to genre films (he tore up the screen in DREDD, and a trailer just came out for his latest film, STAR TREK BEYOND), there is something a bit interesting about him making his way over to the superhero film genre. 

In a recent interview with IGN, the actor explained how he got involved with Marvel and ended up in the film, and also gave us an oh-so-minor comments on the character he will be playing.

“I read a fantastic script that was action-packed and full of great characters. When I heard who was involved — and the cast list dropped yesterday — and [saw] the opportunity to work with [THOR: RAGNAROK director] Taika Waititi, who I think is one of the most brilliant directors coming through, I made the decision it was something that I wanted to be a part of. And the character is fantastic. He’s got a great arc to him. Obviously I can’t say too much about it, but I’m really thrilled to be a part of the Marvel universe and to be working on THOR: RAGNAROK.”

That’s pretty cool to hear that it was Urban who sought a role in the film. It’s always great when an actor is just as passionate about the role and property as the filmmakers themselves.

I also would like to point to his comment on Skurge’s “arc” in the film. It’s been a longstanding issue in Marvel films that villains are boring and underdeveloped. I certainly hope that this “arc” Urban speaks of is more than just lip service, and is indicative of a more nuanced villain in the vein of Loki from the original THOR film — something that’s been missing in most Marvel movies.

In addition to the comments, IGN did confirm that Urban was also hard at work reading up on the THOR mythology in preparation for this role, so let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint!

THOR: RAGNAROK hits theaters on July 28, 2017!

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