There has been so much Thor: Ragnarok news today that our heads are spinning! So much good casting, so little time — so let's take a closer look at one of Marvel's most mysterious characters who's been announced to join Thor's stellar cast.
The Grandmaster is neither villain nor hero, and could outsmart even the best of superheroes in any game of strategy.
The incredible Jeff Goldblum will be bringing the eclectic superbeing to life on the big screen, and after you learn a little more about the character, you'll see why he is the perfect choice to join the MCU.
The Grandmaster first made his appearance in The Avengers, Issue 69, and is neither good or bad. He finds amusement in toying with the lives of lesser beings through games and challenges. Many times, this leads him to the Avengers, some of Earth's greatest champions. The Grandmaster doesn't particularly value the life of lesser beings such as humans so much as he values those of his brother Elders, but he also doesn't set out to kill and destroy indiscriminately. So how can this all fit into Thor: Ragnarok?
1. The Grandmaster Is An Elder Of The Universe
One of the first ever intelligent races to evolve after Marvel's Big Bang, the Elders of the Universe consider themselves brothers and are each fixated on different things to us lesser beings. The Grandmaster is an Elder who loves board games and uses humans and the like as pawns to play them.
2. His Powers Include Time Traveling, Passing Through Alternate Dimensions, Immortality And Regeneration
Grandmaster can also use his cosmic life force for superhuman abilities, like levitation and energy blasts. He can cause death by wishing it and resurrection, as long as the being has been dead for less than 30 hours. The only entities he cannot resurrect are other Elders. The Marvel Wiki also points out:
He also maintains a psychic link with the highly advanced computers of his base world, which extend and enhance his mental abilities.
3. He Was The Possessor Of The Mind Stone...
...That is, until Thanos got a hold of it. One of the six Infinity Gems, the Mind Stone can be used to enhance mental and psionic abilities, and access all the minds in existence when used with the Power Gem. The Grandmaster also discovered while searching for it that the Mind Stone was the manifestation of universal subconscious. Thanos's quest for the precious gem could be a big plotline for Thor: Ragnarok.
4. He Is Fixated On Games Of Strategy And Skill, And Has Spent Time Learning The Games Of Lesser Beings
He uses these games to manipulate beings in order to win high-stakes bets. He once challenged Death to a game of strategy in order to win the ability to resurrect his Elder brother the Collector. He won, but Death revealed that in order for the Collector to return, another must die. To follow through with his end of the bargain, the Grandmaster dies to resurrect the Collector.
5. He Has Had Several Dealings With The Avengers By Using Them As Pawns To Control Earthlings
He once challenged Kang the Conqueror in a battle, with Kang using the Avengers as his champions. If Kang were to win, Grandmaster would give him control over life and death for a short time, and if Grandmaster won, he would destroy Earth. The Avengers won and Grandmaster's Squadron Sinister failed. The Grandmaster's appearance in Thor could be an obvious lead into The Avengers: Infinity War.
The Grandmaster And Thor: Where He Fits In
So how will Grandmaster affect Thor: Ragnarok? Perhaps the main purpose of his introduction will be as a door to Avengers: Infinity War. With Thanos after the Mind Stone Grandmaster possesses, he might use the Avengers to try to protect it and keep Thanos from gaining ultimate power. The Mind Stone is one of the most powerful of the six Infinity Gems, and in the wrong hands could control the world. The Collector, Grandmaster's brother, was already introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy. In the comics, together the Elders conspire to kill Galactus — the only survivor of the universe after the Big Bang — using the Infinity Gems. The Elders fail, and this is how Thanos gets them. Could this be something that occurs during Thor: Ragnarok, leading the Avengers to fight to get the gems from Thanos in Infinity War?
THERE ARE SO MANY POSSIBILITIES with the Grandmaster! He seems like a very intriguing and odd character, which really makes Goldblum perfect for the role. The actor is beloved for his odd and unique characteristics, and does seem like he'd have somewhat of a heightened intelligence, much like the Grandmaster. The character is all about a gamble and is smart enough to never make a bad wager. His reasoning is beyond that of lesser beings' understanding, and I can so picture Goldblum's mind ticking as he tries to explain something or proposes a game. All I know is, I haven't been this excited for a casting announcement in a long time!
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