Thanks to Comic-Con International in San Diego, we have a better idea of what Thor: Ragnarok's Grandmaster will be like. Stars Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Rachel House were on hand at the event to discuss the film, which led to some insight on Grandmaster's mysterious character.
"I've been around for millions of years, but no, no, I'm still, more than ever... I'm present and engaged and interested in everything in the moment," Goldblum, the Grandmaster himself, told IGN. "More than anything, I like to play. After billions of years, my wisdom and greatest thrill comes from playing and putting people together to have fun and stuff. So I put these two together for a massive match."
Asked if the Grandmaster's connection to the Collector will come into play in the movie, Goldblum said, "I don't know that it does. I don't know that anyone mentions my brother, but I'm thinking about him, so it comes into play... and I also think that these matches -- these gladiatorial matches -- feed into my credo, which is, 'Where there's struggle, there's life.' And I love life!"
Speaking to ComicBook.com, Thompson explained her connection to the Grandmaster, which she described as a "work relationship." "I bring the Grandmaster things that may be of interest to him, and one of those happens to be Thor. [The Grandmaster is] always grouping people together in fights, and I brought The Hulk to him, and so I bring Thor as a would-be contender, and hilarity ensues," she said.
House, who starred in director Taiki Waititi's Hunter for the Wilderpeople, also teased her relationship with Grandmaster as well as the Asgardians her character Topaz encounters. “I’m very protective of the Grandmaster,” she shared with ComicBook.com. “And if anyone messes with his affections then I’m gonna get a bit, you know, grumpy.”
“When you’re standing next to the Grandmaster, who can destroy anything with his wand-thing — and he’s millions of years old — no one compares to the Grandmaster,” she added.
Opening November 3, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.