Stellan Skarsgård And Patricia Whitcher On Bringing Back Erik Selvig For THE AVENGERS

The actor talks briefly about returning in , revealing a few brief details about Dr. Selvig's arc in the film and producer Patricia Whitcher shares her thoughts on why it was so important to bring him back.

At the end of Thor, Dr. Erik Selvig was recruited by Nick Fury to study and harness the mysterious powers of the Tesseract. However, it was also revealed that Selvig is under control of Loki! Actor Stellan Skarsgård had this to say about his return in The Avengers.

"I had no idea what the future of Selvig would be after ‘Thor,’ but one thing I knew was when you sign on to a Marvel film, you’re on the hook for five," laughs Skarsgård. "When the film begins, Selvig is working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury has a big concern because something is going wrong with the experiments on the Tesseract. Unbeknownst to him, he actually ends up opening a portal to another universe and Loki shows up and that’s when the fun really begins."

Executive producer Patricia Whitcher had this to say about bringing back The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star after his appearance in Thor. "It was so much fun to have Stellan back from 'Thor.' He is such a gifted actor who quietly goes about his business and always makes everyone around him better. When you have actors as talented as Stellan Skarsgård in supporting roles, you’re really going to elevate the film."

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STARRING:

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Ramanoff/Black Widow
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson
Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
Tom Hiddleston as Loki

RELEASE DATE: April 26th, 2012. (UK) May 4th, 2012. (US)


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