Erik Selvig
Marvel Cinematic Universe character
Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig in Thor
First appearanceThor (2011)
Last appearanceAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Created by
Portrayed byStellan Skarsgård
In-universe information

Erik Selvig is a fictional character portrayed by Stellan Skarsgård in Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) as an astrophysicist who becomes involved with the Asgardian Thor and the government organization S.H.I.E.L.D. To tie into these appearances, the character is seen in several MCU tie-in comics. The character also appears in other media, including non-MCU comics published by Marvel Comics. He was also the main protagonist of the 2018 tie-in prose novel The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Feature films

Further information: Thor (film), The Avengers (2012 film), Thor: The Dark World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron

Tie-in comics

Further information: Marvel Cinematic Universe tie-in comics

Selvig appears in the MCU tie-in comics The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week and Thor: The Dark World Prelude in the same capacity as he does in the films.

Tie-in novel

Concept and creation

I chose Thor because of [director] Kenneth Branagh ... I try to pick different films, I go and do those big ones and having done that I can usually afford to go and do some really small obscure films and experiment a little.

—Skarsgård's reasoning for joining Thor[5]

In October 2009, Stellan Skarsgård joined the cast of Thor,[6] which was written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, and Don Payne;[7] Skarsgård signed a five-film deal with Marvel.[8] His character Erik Selvig appears in the post-credits scene at the end of Thor, which was directed by The Avengers director Joss Whedon. This set up Selvig's role in that film.[9] After also appearing in Thor: The Dark World and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Skarsgård noted in February 2015 that he had one more Marvel film in his deal, that he would not be appearing in Thor: Ragnarok, and that he possibly could appear in another Avengers film.[8] Although his character didn't actually physically appear in Avengers: Endgame, his picture is shown as one of the victims who were killed by Thanos with his actions in Avengers: Infinity War.

Other appearances

See also


  1. ^ "MARVEL's Avengers: Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath". November 27, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  2. ^ Fleenor, S.E (May 7, 2019). "The Cosmic Quest Gives Us The Queerer, More Diverse Avengers We Deserve". SyFy Wire. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  3. ^ Sandwell, Ian (December 3, 2018). "Two more Marvel female characters confirmed to have survived Avengers: Infinity War snap". Digital Spy. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  4. ^ T. Snider, Brandon (November 20, 2018). The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath. Little Brown. ISBN 9780316482790.
  5. ^ Cheney, Alexandra (December 29, 2010). "Stellan Skarsgard on 'Thor,' 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' and Swedish Films". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on July 4, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  6. ^ O'Hara, Helen (October 5, 2009). "Stellan Skarsgard Joins Thor". Empire. Archived from the original on November 16, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  7. ^ "Thor Movie: New Release Date! May 6, 2011". January 7, 2010. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Leane, Rob (February 25, 2016). "Stellan Skarsgård is in Avengers: Infinity War, but not Thor 3". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on February 25, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  9. ^ Hewitt, Chris (May 20, 2011). "Stellan Skarsgard Talks Thor Sting". Empire. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  10. ^ Spencer, Nick (w), Bagley, Mark (p), Hanna, Scott (i). Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1 (April 2016). Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ Spencer, Nick (w), Acuña, Daniel; Unzueta, Angel (p). Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1 (June 2016). Marvel Comics.