“Thor: Ragnarok” will introduce plenty of new faces, including the Grandmaster. Jeff Goldblum will play the comic book character in Marvel Studios’ 2017 action flick, and he’s already dropping hints about what to expect from the new alien.
“He’s a hedonist, a pleasure-seeker,” Goldblum told Empire, “an enjoyer of life and tastes and smells. I thought, ‘I can do that, I’ll bet!’ I’m working on my part every day. I’m a sponge, researching.”
His research likely includes reading some Marvel comic books. The Grandmaster has appeared in “The Avengers,” “Hulk” and “Thor” comics. That source material hints at what audiences should expect from the character.
1. Powers — The Grandmaster’s powers are pretty impressive: super speed, super strength, telepathy and telekinesis. Plus, he can “utilize his cosmic life force for a variety of effects, including levitation, the projection of energy blasts, and travel through time and space and into alternate dimensions,” according to Marvel. He can also kill people with the power of his mind and resurrect anyone who has been dead for less than 29.5 hours.
2. Games — That “pleasure-seeker” personality was clear in the comics too. The Grandmaster has a vast knowledge of all kinds of games. He has created villains like the Sinister Squadron to fight the Avengers and has placed bets that could kill millions, like the time he said he’d destroy the Earth if Kang the Conqueror lost a fight.
3. Immortality — The average human life span is nothing compared to gods like Thor (Chris Hemsworth). For the Grandmaster, life is even longer. His powers have basically made him immortal and he is one of the oldest beings in existence. The Red Hulk even once killed the Grandmaster, but Death wouldn’t let the Grandmaster enter his realm, Marvel Database reports.
4. Infinity Stone — The Grandmaster once had the Mind Stone before Thanos took it from him. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that particular stone is already in Vision’s (Paul Bettany) head. The Time and Soul Stones are currently unaccounted for, though. Could the Grandmaster have one of them? Fans will have to watch the movie to find out.
Though the comics are great source material, expect Goldblum to make the role his own. “[Director Taika Waititi] is encouraging me to improvise and make it my own, and that’s what I’m trying to do,” the actor said. “I hope he doesn’t throw me out on the first day!”
“Thor: Ragnarok” hits theaters Nov. 3, 2017. Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and Cate Blanchett will also star.