Although Thor was seen last year in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s been since November 2013 that the God of Thunder led his own movie. Next year, Thor: Ragnarok will finally return moviegoers to his world, and from everything we’ve heard, it’s not only going to be the biggest Thor movie yet, but a story that will have major repercussions on the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over the last six months, there have been a lot of casting rumors and reports, but today, Marvel finally released an official cast list.

Along with several confirmations of returning Marvel characters, including that Mark Ruffalo is reprising Burce Banner/The Hulk, the Thor: Ragnarok list included several characters that hadn’t been mentioned until today. This is the biggest news drop we’ve gotten for the threequel yet, so here’s everything you need to know about the new players in Thor: Ragnarok, as well as one notable absence.

Grandmaster
Grandmaster
Jeff Goldblum’s David Levinson is returning this summer in Independence Day: Resurgence to protect Earth against aliens, but in Thor: Ragnarok, the actor will be the extraterrestrial in the MCU. Goldblum has been cast as the "eccentric" (with Goldblum, we wouldn’t have it any other way) Grandmaster, a character who has existed since 1969. Also known as En Dwi Gast, he is one of the oldest beings in the universe, and although he possesses many mighty cosmic powers, his main obsession is with games, from those on a board to ones of chance. It’s through these that he frequently manipulates the Marvel universe’s heroes and villains. Whether this means he’s controlling Thor: Ragnarok’s main antagonist (more on her later) or has a more complicated plan in the works, it’s doubtful he’ll be up to any good. Because Grandmaster is such a powerful figure, don’t be surprised if he appears in other cosmic related MCU movies, interacting with folks like Thanos and The Collector.

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