Despite it being the third film in the series, Thor: Rangarok is still adding key characters from the Thor mythology. In this film, we’re getting the villainess Hela, the warrior Valkyrie, and Thor’s ally/enemy in Skurge The Executioner. Who in this film will be played by Karl Urban.
In the comics, Skurge was a loyal Asgardian who fell under the sway of The Enchantress, another Thor villain. And he serves her out of love despite everything she does. As we saw in the latest Thor trailer, Skurge also takes the side of an evil woman, in this case Hela. But why? IGN talked with Karl Urban and he revealed what caused the betrayal:
“When we find Skurge, he’s operating the Bifrost because Heimdall is missing in action, and then pretty soon after that Hela shows up,” Urban told IGN. “Skurge sees the writing on the wall and has to make a decision whether to die or join her, so his instincts of self-preservation take over.”
What’s interesting here though is that Urban also followed up that statement by noting that Skurge is going to struggle with his allegiances even after he makes the betrayal, which could imply that he might help Thor when the time comes. We’ll have to see when Thor Ragnarok comes November 3rd.