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Stellan Skarsgard deserves better as Dr. Erik Selvig in Marvel Cinematic Universe

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I’ve noticed that I liked Thor: The Dark World a lot more than other people may have. Despite it’s rather poorly written villain (a problem Marvel can’t seem to fix), it had a lot more positives for me, which included more Asgard, Loki stealing every scene he was in, and a short but pretty funny and entertaining final battle. However, what I didn’t like and did not find funny at all was the way the writers treated Dr. Erik Selvig played by Stellan Skarsgard.

In the first Thor movie, Selvig was established as a highly educated professor who had his doubts about Thor and Jane Foster’s theory on science connecting to other worlds. In the Avengers, he was brought in by S.H.I.E.L.D. to research the Tesseract’s power. Dr. Slevig was a person of extreme interest not just to S.H.I.E.L.D. but to Loki as well. Then, in the Thor: The Dark World the first scene he’s in shows him running around nude. I’m sitting in the theater thinking what is going on here? It’s a rhetorical question. But it felt like half his scenes involved him with no pants (obviously not). I don’t know if the writers were trying to be funny, or what. But the whole thing being a little over the top just did not work for me.

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My grandchildren thought it’d be cool seeing me in a superhero movie

Stellan Skarsgard revealed in an interview that he does have a part in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but wouldn’t reveal more. That movie is looking to have a more serious tone then the first, so I don’t expect anymore nude scenes. I want to see more of Selvig’s expertise, as he could very well educate the Avengers on whatever Stark cannot concering Ultron or even Baron Von Strucker’s experiments that could help the team understand The Twins (Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver). Just no more nude Selvig, it’s not funny and feels outta place, at least to me. 

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