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Thor: Ragnarok is currently filming on location in Australia, with Jeff Goldblum on deck to star as the Grandmaster, one of the Elders of the Universe.

We know Goldblum from tons of big roles, starting with his breakthrough in 1986’s The Fly (though one could argue for The Big Chill) and continuing through 1993’s Jurassic Park, 1996’s Independence Day, and many more. He’s a “regular” in Wes Anderson films, starring in 2004’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and the forthcoming, as-yet untitled Wes Anderson project, set for 2018. You may have spotted him more recently in popular series like The League (2011-2012), Portlandia (2012-2015), Inside Amy Schumer (2015) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2016).

In addition to his film and TV work, you can also catch up with Goldblum over on Instagram. He recently posted a photo of himself studying up on the Thor comic book series:

I’m nothing if not conscientious. #thorragnarok #thor3 #thegrandmaster #marvel #marvelcomics

A photo posted by Jeff Goldblum (@jeffgoldblum) on

The Hollywood Reporter has filled in the blanks on the Mighty Thor comic book he’s reading, providing some details. The issue is from 1986. It’s No. 374, written by Walter Simonson with art by Sal Buscemi. The issue contains a storyline revolving around Hela, portrayed by Cate Blanchett in the next installment of the film series, stripping Thor (Chris Hemsworth) of two of his powers: the ability to heal quickly and the ability to die.

It’s not clear if this plot will be in the next film, or how the Grandmaster fits in, but it may be a hint. (Or it may have been the closest comic to Goldblum for his DIY photo shoot, but we give him more credit than that.) We do know the Grandmaster likes to play games, even traversing different eras via time travel, placing heroes in centuries that are not their own.

We can probably look forward to Goldblum’s character stirring things up.

Goldblum himself always brings a zest to the screen, in his own goofy way, which will be interesting to see mixed up with the already established cast, including Anthony Hopkins as King Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall, and Tom Hiddleston as Loki.

What do you think of Goldblum stepping into the Marvel universe?

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By Brigid Brown