Stellan Skarsgård confirms he won’t appear in Avengers: Endgame – but is contracted for one more Marvel film

Stellan Skarsgard won’t appear in Avengers: Endgame (Picture: Marvel/Disney) 

Stellan Skarsgård has confirmed he won’t make an appearance in Avengers: Endgame as Doctor Erik Selvig, but the character still has a future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The 67-year-old actor has played Selvig in Thor, Avengers Assemble, Thor: The Dark World and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, with his character often tied to the rest of Thor’s ensemble cast in Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her intern Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings).

A recent promo for Avengers: Endgame appeared to confirm Selvig had been turned to dust by the Thanos snap, and it seems his character won’t be turning up even this action is somehow reversed.

Speaking to about whether he appears in Endgame, Skarsgard said: ‘No I’m not. I’ve done four [Marvel films] and they have me contracted for five and they haven’t called me yet.

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‘They usually call me when they need some weird plot to be explained in a quasi-scientific way.’

Considering he’s been contracted for five films, it seems there’s a strong possibility Selvig will appear in Marvel movies beyond Endgame – with a likely candidate being the rumoured Thor 4.

Skarsgard, however, is surprised he’s played the character for this long, adding: ‘I thought it was a one-time thing, but the contract said if they wanted me they could use me for five films, but I didn’t think they’d use me for four so it was a surprise.

‘It was a pleasant surprise because I’ve had a lot of fun on those shoots.’

Erik Selvig first appeared in 2011’s Thor (Picture: Marvel/Disney)

If you fancy seeing more Stellan in the near future, however, he’s set to star in Sky Atlantic’s new miniseries Chernobyl opposite Jared Harris.

The only confirmed MCU movies beyond Endgame are Spider-Man: Far From Home, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2, and a Black Widow solo movie, while there’s rumbles a sequel to Doctor Strange is also in the works.

We don’t have long to wait until Marvel’s future plans look a bit clearer, with Avengers: Endgame released in cinemas on 25 April.

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