This well-liked Marvel character is taking a break on Thor: Ragnarok

One of the more popular non-superhero members of the Marvel ensemble has Thor's third adventure off.

Den of Geek reports that Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard, a reliable and solid character actor whose Dr. Erik Selvig was first introduced in 2011's Thor and has appeared since in Thor: The Dark World and both Avengers outings, won't show up in next year's Thor: Ragnarok. Asked whether he'd be joining the God of Thunder in his battle to save Asgard, Skarsgard replied: 

"I have a five-film deal with them, and they still have one option ... Thor 3 is not on my slate, but maybe the next Avengers."

Selvig started out as a mentor to and collaborator with Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) in the original Thor and was co-opted into serving under Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in The Avengers before regaining control of his mind and helping the team stop the God of Mischief's plans to dominate Earth. But the experience did leave him a little loopy, and he added comic relief to his main duty as Dr. Exposition in Thor: The Dark World.

He made little more than a cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron, helping Thor (Chris Hemsworth) take his magic bath in a scene that was heavly edited in the film's final cut, but nevertheless Selvig has become a familiar and welcome presence in the Marvel movies, thanks to Skarsgard's own natural charisma and humor.

But with Thor and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) going skipping through the other eight realms in Thor: Ragnarok, it's probably better that Selvig sits this adventure out, lest he ends up in a very soft room somewhere again. And besides, it will be nice to see him wave goodbye in one of the Avengers movies, along with everyone else whose contract is running out on those too.

Thor: Ragnarok comes out Nov. 3, 2017. Will you miss Dr. Selvig?

(via Slashfilm)