Karl Urban, best known for his roles in Star Trek, Dredd, and The Lord of the Rings, will make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Thor: Ragnarok when he portrays the Asgardian warrior, Skurge. Skurge guards the Bifröst in the absence of Heimdall, and is known for using a double-bladed magic battle axe.
Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Eric Pearson opened up about Ragnarok's take on Skurge in a recent interview. "Skurge is like my dark horse favorite character," Pearson said. "The way we went about him is, he’s an Asgardian redneck. He’s representative of the everyman, more like an infantry soldier. He’s part of the warrior culture in Asgard. He’s not as high-profile as Thor or Sif or the Warriors Three. He’s about wanting recognition and feeling like he could do so much more."
Pearson further elaborated on Skurge, saying: "He goes about it in a way that puts him in a crisis of conscious. I thought Karl Urban did such a fantastic job. He had to be funny and had to be a reflection of the danger throughout the movie, and the face of worry."
Thor: Ragnarok is proving to be a massive critical success and is anticipated to make bank at the box office, as the film is projected to surpass $400 million globally by the end of its domestic opening weekend.
Thor: Ragnarok debuts Nov. 3 nationwide and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Karl Urban as Skurge.