Why Karl Urban Decided To Do Thor: Ragnarok

While Marvel's Phase 3 will introduce an entire army of new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it will also allow time to re-visit some fan-favorites. One such character is Chris Hemsworth's Thor, who will get his third solo movie when Thor: Ragnarok finally hits theaters. Slowly but surely the project has come together behind the scenes, with a huge cast of action movie favorites signing on to the adventure. One such actor is Star Trek hero Karl Urban, who recently explained what drew him to Thor: Ragnarok in the first place.

While speaking with Comicbook.com, Karl Urban explained what specifically drove him to sign on for his role as Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok. He said:

Well, it's difficult for me to really comment about it because I haven't started production yet, but I'm looking forward to getting on set. For me, I read the script and it was a fun script and quite different than the previous Thor movies, and I was drawn to the appeal of working with Taika Waititi, the director.

Although he hasn't even begun filming his role as Skurge in the upcoming Thor film, Karl Urban explains that the script ultimately sold him on the project. It's a story unlike anything the God of Thunder has experienced on the silver screen, making it a brand new experience for audience. Additionally, Urban goes on to admit that the opportunity to work with indie director Taika Waititi represented a major opportunity that was too good to pass up.

Later in the interview, Karl Urban would go on to explain that Skurge's journey fascinated him in the script. His character will reportedly close out the film in a much different place than he starts, so it makes sense that an arc of that nature would draw in an actor with a geek culture following like Urban.

His statement seems to echo everything we already know about the upcoming Thor adventure -- which admittedly isn't very much. Unlike the two previous movies centering on the Asgardian hero, Thor: Ragnarok will primarily take place away from Earth and give actors like Chris Hemsworth increased opportunity to flex their humor muscles.

Thor has become one of the more hit or miss heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While his first adventure proved surprisingly enjoyable due to Kenneth Branagh's innovative take on the character, Alan Taylor's follow-up, Thor: The Dark World, is widely considered one of worst entries in the MCU to date. The folks at Marvel seem to have really gone back to the drawing board and crafted a script for Thor: Ragnarok that will represent something wholly different from what fans have seen before.

Although we still have quite a ways to go before Thor: Ragnarok finally premieres on the silver screen, Karl Urban seems to promise an Asgardian adventure that will be well worth the wait. Thor: Ragnarok will hit theaters on November 3, 2017.

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.