The long-awaited release of Thor: Ragnarok reunites us with many fan favourite characters, including Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).
In addition to these returning characters we’re also gearing up to introduce a number of new faces into the MCU, including Creed’s Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Carol’s Cate Blanchett as the villainous Hela.
However, of all the characters we’re soon to meet, we can’t help but feel most excited by Jeff Goldblum’s addition to the Marvel universe. As the Grandmaster, Goldblum is set to play a key role in Thor’s journey, and we couldn’t think of anyone better suited to take on this role.
Just in case you weren’t excited already, we’ve put together a few reasons why Jeff’s introduction to the MCU is something to be very excited about.
He's a blockbuster king
Goldblum’s experience within both the Jurassic Park and Independence Day universes have well-equipped him for the fan hysteria surrounding the Marvel movies.
Goldblum’s franchise experience will also have given him an understanding of what to expect when arriving on the set of a major release. Blockbuster films such as those created by Marvel demand dynamic, memorable actors to stand out against the sets and special effects – and Jeff is that. After all, he's the only person who could steal a movie from a rampaging, giant T-Rex.
Ragnarok is poised to be a more lighthearted and quirky Marvel adventure following the relatively gloomy tone of The Dark World. This is all down to the presence of brilliant director Taika Waititi, responsible for comedy hits What We Do In the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
It also gives Jeff Goldblum, as well as the rest of the cast, the opportunity to show their more comedic sides. Through guest appearances in shows including Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Glee, as well as his performances in Mortdecai and Morning Glory, Goldblum has certainly proven his worth across both serious and comedic roles, and we cannot wait to see him bring his experiences to the role of the Grandmaster this time around.
Even in movies that aren't comedies like Jurassic Park, Jeff's distinctive delivery never fails to make us laugh.
There's a certain resemblance...
They’re not related in real life, but they might as well be. Following the recent discovery that the Grandmaster is in fact the brother of Benicio Del Toro’s Collector, as introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy, we couldn’t help but compare the two actors. And honestly? We can totally see these two passing as brothers. Move over Thor and Loki!
And if this revised poster is anything to go by, we’re definitely not the only ones excited for Goldblum to make himself at home in the MCU.
Hannah Dixon is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.