|Marvel Cinematic Universe character|
|First appearance||Thor (2011)|
|Last appearance||Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)|
|Portrayed by||Stellan Skarsgård|
Erik Selvig is a fictional 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. He was also the main protagonist of the 2018 tie-in prose novel The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
- In Thor (2011), astrophysicist Erik Selvig works with Jane Foster, the daughter of a former colleague of his, on her wormhole research and her intern Darcy Lewis. 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 (2012), Loki places Selvig under the control of the Mind Stone. Eventually, Selvig is freed of the mind control and is able to help the Avengers stop Loki's invasion of Earth, but is left traumatized by his experience.
- In Thor: The Dark World (2013), Selvig is still traumatised, but after Foster and Lewis find him, he assists them to help Thor during his fight with the Dark Elves.
- In Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), he has fully recovered and is now working at Royal Holloway. Later, he begins working at the new Avengers Compound.
- In Avengers: Endgame, it is revealed that Selvig was a victim of the Blip in 2018, but is restored to life in 2023.
- In Spider-Man Far From Home, an advertisement for a documentary is shown titled NOVA: Einstein Rosen Bridges with Dr. Erik Selvig.
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.
- Erik Selvig was the main character in the 2018 novel The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath, which takes place after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. In the novel, Selvig survives the Blip, although in Avengers: Endgame it was revealed that he was exterminated by it.
Concept and creation
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
In October 2009, Stellan Skarsgård joined the cast of Thor, which was written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, and Don Payne; Skarsgård signed a five-film deal with Marvel. 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. 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. 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.
- 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. He and Baron Helmut Zemo are teleported to the Himalayas by Kobik. 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.
- "MARVEL's Avengers: Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath". Marvel.com. November 27, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
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- Sandwell, Ian (December 3, 2018). "Two more Marvel female characters confirmed to have survived Avengers: Infinity War snap". Digital Spy. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
- T. Snider, Brandon (November 20, 2018). The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath. Little Brown. ISBN 9780316482790.
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