Jeff Goldblum Reveals the Grandmaster Is “Very Much Around” After Avengers: Infinity War

This story contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War.

“It’s a tie,” the Grandmaster says at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, while he is surrounded by revolutionaries planning to kill him. For many, this was surely the end of Jeff Goldblum’s eccentric character, but the actor recently revealed in an interview with Digital Spy that this is not necessarily the case. Goldblum said:

“Grandmaster is more superheroed than all of [the Avengers] put together. You can’t kill me, I’m like a vampire. I’m deathless and I can kill people by looking at them. And I can resurrect them just by looking at them or thinking of them. I can do everything. Being able to do all of that, all I want to do is play games…so really I’m everywhere and nowhere. I’m like Keyser Söze.”

Like Caligula, too, the notoriously insane Roman emperor. The Grandmaster is the host of the Coliseum-esque gladiator games that are so central to the plot of Thor: Ragnarok, and the man in charge lives a lifestyle as full of vice as any ruler you could imagine. Just like Goldblum in this interview, he carries out his duties with a theatric glee, but that attitude betrays his true power. Goldblum isn’t joking around when he’s talking about the Grandmaster’s powers. Readers of the Marvel comics will know that the Grandmaster is an Elder of the Universe, an ancient, nearly immortal being who has a habit of manipulating superheroes and even Death itself.

With this in mind, it’s unlikely that the citizens of Sakaar were truly able to take the Grandmaster down. If he did make it out alive, there’s still Thanos’ snap to reckon with. However, when asked if his character survived, Goldblum said, “Yes yes yes…I could be, potentially, very much around.”

So, instead of repossessing the Time Stone from Thanos to bring back the likes of Spiderman, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther, maybe Thor can just recruit the Grandmaster for a grand resurrection party. While Marvel itself has made no statement about the future of the character in the MCU, Goldblum said, “Anything they want me to do, I’d be ready and able.” We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Featured image: Jeff Goldblum is the Grandmaster in ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’ Avengers: Infinity War. Courtesy Marvel Studios.


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