The Grandmaster

Jeff Goldblum wants the Grandmaster and Collector to team up in future Marvel movie

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Mar 13, 2018

Jeff Goldblum and Benicio del Toro as two of the oldest beings in the universe, together in the same movie? Yep, we'd pay good money to watch that.

And apparently Goldblum would like to bring it to us. The veteran actor made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in last fall's Thor: Ragnarok as the Grandmaster, the bizarre yet dangerous dictator who runs the planet Sakaar and treats the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) as just more fodder for his gladiatorial arena — until Thor fights back.

The fate of the Grandmaster is left hanging at the end of the movie (he's the focus of the last bonus scene at the very end of the credits), so the Toronto Sun recently asked Goldblum who he would like to see the Grandmaster paired with in a theoretical future movie:

“Oh, that’s an interesting idea. Well, I overlapped with one day of Cate Blanchett’s shooting, and she’s so spectacular as Hela. I keep wanting to have scenes with her. We worked together on a Wes Anderson movie awhile ago — The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou — and I sure would love to do anything with her. But, in the comic books, the character of the Grandmaster is the brother of the Collector, played by Benicio del Toro, who I adore. So I would enjoy doing something with him. That would be fun.”

Goldblum's typically quirky and hilarious turn as En Dwi Gast (the character's actual name) did not delve too deeply into the Grandmaster's published history, which began in the October 1969 issue of The Avengers (#69) and established him as one of the oldest beings in the universe, the sole survivor of a long-dead race that was around not too long after the Big Bang.

That's a history he shares with the Collector, the equally strange entity portrayed by del Toro in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy (after being introduced at the end of Thor: The Dark World). Like the Grandmaster, the Collector is the last representative of his own long-dead race of ancient beings. The two of them (along with Ego, the Living Planet and others) are collectively known as the Elders of the Universe. While they're not technically brothers, they call each other that — hence Goldblum's reference to the Grandmaster as the Collector's sibling.

The Collector

Credit: Marvel Studios

Both the Grandmaster and the Collector are still alive in the MCU, as far as we know, and while it's actually hard to imagine them getting their own movie — as much wacky fun as that idea might be — it's not too much of a stretch to imagine them showing up again, especially with the MCU supposedly pushing even further into more cosmic storylines.

Until that day comes, however, you can enjoy Goldblum's performance on the newly released Thor: Ragnarok Blu-ray/DVD, which features a bunch of deleted scenes starring the Grandmaster. Would you like to see the character return in a future Marvel movie, possibly in cahoots with one or more of his fellow Elders?

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