Following the Marvel Studios panel in Hall H, the news kept coming. On the red carpet, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi revealed to ComicBook.com that Surtur will be voiced by Clancy Brown with some motion capture provided by Waititi himself.
“I did a little of the mo-cap stuff for Surtur, body-wise, but then we have Clancy Brown doing the voice of Surtur.” Waititi said.
Marvel famously dropped the Thor: Ragnarok trailer on Saturday, while still keeping some under wraps — looking at you Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. Fans seemed far from disappointed with the Thor trailer itself though, as it blended action and comedy throughout. The trailer’s ending shot showed Hulk lunging toward a giant fiery demon, who fans quickly recognized as the villain Surtur.
Brown has been a figure on television for decades and is perhaps more recently known for his work as Mr. Krabs on Spongebob. This is far from his first entry into the realm of superheroes though. Brown’s voice can also be heard as Red Hulk/Uatu the Watcher on Avengers Assemble, he was Taskmaster/Thunderbolt Ross/Uncle Ben in Ultimate Spider-Man and Brown could even be seen in CW’s The Flash as the villainous General Wade Eiling — to name a few. Brown is actually familiar with Asgard as well, voicing Odin in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
As for Waititi, who is already portraying Korg in Ragnarok, stepping away from one role to take on that of a CGI villain isn’t unheard of. In Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch provided some facial capture while also voicing Dormammu at the end of the film.
Directed by Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Taika Waititi as Korg, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Sam Neill in an undisclosed role. Here is the official synopsis:
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
Marvel‘s Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters on Nov. 3, 2017.