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Erik Selvig is a character portrayed by Stellan Skarsgård in Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) as an astrophysicist who becomes involved with the Asgardian Thor and the government organization S.H.I.E.L.D. To tie into these appearances, the character is seen in several MCU tie-in comics. The character also appears in other media, including non-MCU comics published by Marvel Comics.

Erik Selvig
Marvel Cinematic Universe character
Erik Selvig in Thor.jpg
Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig in Thor
First appearanceThor (2011)
Last appearanceAvengers: Endgame (2019)
Created by
Portrayed byStellan Skarsgård


Marvel Cinematic UniverseEdit

Feature filmsEdit

In Thor, astrophysicist Erik Selvig works with Jane Foster, the daughter of a former colleague of his, on her wormhole research. They become involved in an encounter between Thor and S.H.I.E.L.D., leading to his employment by the latter to study the Tesseract—he accepts the job due to influence by Loki. In The Avengers, Loki uses the Tesseract to travel to Earth, and places Selvig under the control of the Mind Stone. Selvig is eventually freed of this control and able to help stop Loki's invasion of Earth, but is left traumatized by his experience. Selvig is able to help Thor again in Thor: The Dark World, and by Avengers: Age of Ultron appears to have recovered, working at Royal Holloway. After the defeat of Ultron, Selvig begins working for the Avengers. When Thanos snapped his fingers, and half the universe's population were disintegrated, Selvig was among those who were killed, and were subsequently resurrected by Bruce Banner five years later.

Tie-in comicsEdit

Selvig appears in the MCU tie-in comics The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week and Thor: The Dark World Prelude in the same capacity as he does in the films.

Concept and creationEdit

I chose Thor because of [director] Kenneth Branagh ... I try to pick different films, I go and do those big ones and having done that I can usually afford to go and do some really small obscure films and experiment a little.

—Skarsgård's reasoning for joining Thor[2]

In October 2009, Stellan Skarsgård joined the cast of Thor,[3] which was written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, and Don Payne;[4] Skarsgård signed a five-film deal with Marvel.[5] His character Erik Selvig appears in the post-credits scene at the end of Thor, which was directed by The Avengers director Joss Whedon. This set up Selvig's role in that film.[6] After also appearing in Thor: The Dark World and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Skarsgård noted in February 2015 that he had one more Marvel film in his deal, that he would not be appearing in Thor: Ragnarok, and that he possibly could appear in another Avengers film.[5] Although his character didn't actually physically appear in Avengers: Endgame, his picture is shown as one of the victims who were killed by Thanos with his actions in Avengers: Infinity War.

Other appearancesEdit

  • Dr. Selvig appears as a playable character in the 2016 video game Lego Marvel's Avengers.
  • During the 2016 "Avengers: Standoff!" storyline that ran in the comic books published by Marvel Comics, the Earth-616 version of Dr. Erik Selvig made his debut. He is a Danish doctor and undercover Hydra Agent within S.H.I.E.L.D. who is positioned in the gated community of Pleasant Hill.[7] He and Baron Helmut Zemo are teleported to the Himalayas by Kobik.[8] Selvig is later revealed to have been converted to Hydra by Kobik, and later sacrifices himself in an attempt to protect her from Steve Rogers.


  1. ^ "Erik Selvig character profile". Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  2. ^ Cheney, Alexandra (December 29, 2010). "Stellan Skarsgard on 'Thor,' 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' and Swedish Films". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on July 4, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  3. ^ O'Hara, Helen (October 5, 2009). "Stellan Skarsgard Joins Thor". Empire. Archived from the original on November 16, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Thor Movie: New Release Date! May 6, 2011". January 7, 2010. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Leane, Rob (February 25, 2016). "Stellan Skarsgård is in Avengers: Infinity War, but not Thor 3". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on February 25, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Hewitt, Chris (May 20, 2011). "Stellan Skarsgard Talks Thor Sting". Empire. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  7. ^ Spencer, Nick (w), Bagley, Mark (p), Hanna, Scott (i). Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1 (April 2016). Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Spencer, Nick (w), Acuña, Daniel; Unzueta, Angel (p). Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1 (June 2016). Marvel Comics.