While the previous entries in the Thor franchise are not generally considered to be among the best standalone movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok is shaping up to be something very special. That is largely thanks to an incredibly impressive cast, which has added Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster. The actor recently made a pretty interesting post to his Instagram which suggests that he is doing some research for his role in the upcoming third installment of the Thor franchise.
Goldblum posted a photo to his Instagram on Friday, which showed him reading a copy of The Mighty Thor #374. Honestly just finding a copy of that book in as good of shape as it seems to be in would be impressive enough, but it is even more exciting to see the actor taking his new role so seriously. Or at the very least having enough fun with it to pay us all a little bit of fan service. Here is how Goldblum decided to caption the photo.
"I'm nothing if not conscientious. #thorragnarok #thor3 #thegrandmaster #marvel #marvelcomics"
Goldblum isn't the only excellent addition to the cast of Thor: Ragnarok. Joining him for this MCU adventure is Karl Urban, who will be playing the villainous Asgardian Skurge, Creed star Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the main villain Hela. Interestingly enough, the comic that Goldblum just so happens to be reading features Hela (as well as a guest appearance by the X-Factor team) and in the book, she makes it so that Thor's bones are brittle and will no longer heal. Could this be a tease of something to come in Thor: Ragnarok? It would no doubt be interesting. Just for fun, here is a super awesome and cryptic quote from Hela in the book.
"From this day forth, the mighty Thor, warrior of Asgard, will fear to enter combat. For his bones are now as brittle as those of an old woman and when they break, they will not heal! Nor will you find respite in the arms of death, for I have cast you out! And the absence of death is eternal life! The god of thunder will life forever! Until his every waking desire shall be to die!"
So yeah, that might be pretty cool to see onscreen and it is easy to see Cate Blanchett absolutely crushing dialogue like that. As for, Grandmaster, he is an ancient being with an unknown backstory who was created by comic legends Roy Thomas and John Buscema, with the character making his first appearance in Avengers #69. The character is a master of all games of skill and chance and is a member of the Elders of the Universe. It is also very important to note that in the comics the character once possessed the Mind Gem, so Goldblum could easily be our link to one of those missing Infinity Stones. No matter what, it is a role that Goldblum was seemingly born to play and should be a highlight of the movie.
Thor: Ragnarok is being helmed by What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi. The movie will see the return of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin and it will also be featuring Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk/Bruce Banner, which is incredibly exciting. Thor: Ragnarok is due out in theaters on November 3, 2017. Be sure to check out Jeff Goldblum's Instagram post for yourself below.