C. Molly Smith
November 03, 2017 10:20 am

The latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok, features wonderful newcomers (to the franchise) and characters: For starters, there’s Cate Blanchett as Hela, the Goddess of Death; Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, who oversees the Contest of Champions; and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, a ferocious warrior.

And warning, some Thor: Ragnarok spoilers follow. But you could probably gather most of this from the trailers…

ANYWAY, there’s also the warmhearted, wisecracking Korg, a rock creature whom Thor encounters when he’s captured by the Grandmaster and is forced to participate in his gladiator-style battle. Korg is, for sure, a scene stealer, but you might be wondering…who plays him?

Well, none other than Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi!

You know, *this* guy.

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Okay, fine. Here’s a more serious photo for good measure…

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Waititi played Korg in motion capture, and apparently thought up the character early on in the filming process.

For Waititi’s part, he’s *very* modest about the character’s success.

“It’s not my fault that [Korg’s] probably the greatest character in the film and will probably get a spinoff,” he quipped. And honestly, we’d be into that.

But while we wait for word about a Korg spinoff…Thor: Ragnarok is currently playing in theaters. And there are many reasons why you should see it. If you haven’t seen it yet, add Korg to that list.

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