Marvel Continues Its Fire Casting, Adds Jeff Goldblum, Michael Keaton, and Karl Urban to Cinematic Universe

Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, and Michael Keaton are the latest to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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John Boyega sadly won’t be joining Black Panther’s already stacked cast, but Marvel is remedying that disappointment by adding three new actors to its cinematic universe.

Thor: Ragnarok will see the return of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Thor and Loki respectively, and they’re bringing along some reinforcements. Marvel announced Friday that Jeff Goldblum is joining the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, one of the Elders of the Universe (code for super old) who loves to invent games.

Meanwhile, Karl Urban is set to play Asgardian bad guy Skurge and Selma’s Tessa Thompson will bring classic hero and Thor’s love interest Valkyrie to the big screen. After it was announced that Cate Blanchett was added to the project, we now know she will portray a mysterious and powerful new villain named Hela. Mark Ruffalo is also heading to Asgard as the Hulk, which will mark his first time crossing over into a different realm.

On the Spider-Man: Homecoming front, Michael Keaton is back in the film as an unnamed villain, Deadline reports. This comes after he was passed on for allegedly being too expensive. It looks like the studio is really invested in the Birdman actor, despite the huge chunk of change both he and Robert Downey Jr. will undoubtedly cost. And after a well-received outing in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland will lead the film which screenwriter Jonathan M. Goldstein says won’t be another origin story. After all, there’s only so many times Uncle Ben can die on screen before it becomes a parody.

With these awesome new additions to the fam—​and the fact they’re not in a tailspin like DC Entertainment right about now—there’s plenty of reason to celebrate. 

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