Not much is known about the plot for Thor: Ragnarok as Marvel has been resolutely quiet on the details of its upcoming blockbuster. What we know so far is that it will take Thor and the Hulk on an adventure of apocalyptic proportions, having major consequences for the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, presumably setting the stage for Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1.Marvel’s deafening silence has come to an end with breaking news of the new cast and characters that will be joining their cinematic universe in Thor’s third solo outing (or semi-solo outing, because… the Hulk). So who will we see alongside our celestially traveling heroes?
Hela (Cate Blanchett) Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum)And… Skurge (Karl Urban)While every part of this announcement has my head spinning with different theories as to what might happen, my goal with this article is to answer one question:
Who Is Skurge The Executioner?One of Asgard’s greatest warriors, Skurge is formidable in hand-to-hand combat (particularly skilled at wielding a battle-ax), and a longtime antagonist to Thor. Born the son of a Frost Giant and an Asgardian, Skurge gained the name Executioner after fighting in a war against the Storm Giants.
With immediate connections to Thor, Loki, Baron Zemo, the Grandmaster and the Hulk, there is a notable absence of any news regarding his love interest Amora, who successfully seduced the Executioner into aiding her with many of her plots. Though he has a complicated history with both Amora the Enchantress and Thor, this character’s addition to the cast is semi-spoliery, so be warned of that before reading below…In his first appearance in the comics, the Executioner helps Amora the Enchantress to battle Thor (at the bidding of Loki). At one time, he even served as Loki’s lieutenant during his brief rule of Asgard (which is also timely for the MCU). Maybe the more intriguing part of Skurge’s comic history is a time in which he and Amora captured Bruce Banner when he was being transported to Asgard. When Banner realizes what is happening and turns into the Hulk, Skurge and the Hulk battle, ultimately leading to the Executioner’s defeat (along with an army of Rock Trolls). And what follows may be the biggest (potential) spoiler of all…I see Skurge the Executioner being one of the most important roles in Thor: Ragnarok, but with a cast this talented, anything could happen.What do you think Thor: Ragnarok will bring us?