The Morning Watch: Jeff Goldblum Explains Ragnarok, Batman vs Elmer Fudd & More

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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, Jeff Goldblum tries to explain the meaning of Ragnarok in the title of Marvel Studios’ upcoming sequel Thor: Ragnarok. Plus, comic book artist and writer Neal Adams created a radio play version of the comic Batman vs Elmer Fudd, and Gal Gadot stars in a pre-recorded Saturday Night Live sketch that was cut for time last weekend.

Leading up to the release of Thor: Ragnarok, the Marvel Studios social media team is keeping things lively with a little Jeff Goldblum to keep us occupied. The Jurassic Park and Independence Day star reads tweets from various fans trying to define what “Ragnarok” means, and he expands upon them as only Jeff Goldblum can. For more, check out io9’s assembly of the best Jeff Goldblum moments, and check out more from the rest of the cast right here.

Next up, comic book artist and writer Neal Adams decided to pay tribute to his new favorite comic book, Batman vs Elmer Fudd, but turning it into a half motion comic, half radio play. Adams doesn’t do a bad Elmer Fudd, though his Batman does need some work, and it’s a fun way to experience one of the more unique comic book offerings in recent memory.

Finally, watch this pre-recorded Saturday Night Live sketch that was intended for the episode hosted by Gal Gadot, but ended up being cut out of the final show due to time constraints. It’s actually better than half the sketches we saw during that episode, featuring Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett doing a cheesy 90s rap while the world goes to hell around them.

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Jeff Goldblum Returns For ‘Jurassic World 2’! Life Has Found A Way!

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Jeff Goldblum has signed on to reprise his Jurassic Park character of Ian Malcolm for J. A. Bayona‘s upcoming sequel Jurassic World 2. Hit the jump for more details on the Jeff Goldblum Jurassic World 2 casting.

Goldblum will be joining Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in the currently filming yet-to-be-officially-titled sequel. The film also features Justice Smith, James Cromwell, and Toby Jones. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow reteamed with his writing partner Derek Connolly for the sequel’s screenplay and the details have been kept tightly under wraps.

Goldblum co-starred in 1993’s Jurassic Park and the 1997 sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a know-it-all mathematician who specializes in a branch of mathematics known as “Chaos Theory.” He was brought to Jurassic Park as a consultant for the park’s insurance.

He somehow survived the events of the first film, attempted to go public about his experience on Isla Nublar but was discredited by Hammond’s nephew, Peter Ludlow. He was ridiculed in the public media, and his University tenure was revoked. Summoned by an ill John Hammond, Malcolm was convinced to go on another adventure to Site B; a separate island where the dinosaurs were bred before being moved to the main island. While that sequel was not as good as the original film, Goldblum is one of the film’s highlights (alongside that cliff sequence). I’m extremely excited to see Goldblum back and hope it’s more than a one-scene cameo appearance.

I was able to get an exclusive comment from the film’s legendary producer Frank Marshall:

“I’m excited to have him back. The world has changed a lot since Ian Malcolm went to Jurassic Park and we need his point of view now more than ever. He told us about chaos theory, he was right.”

We’ve been told the second Jurassic World film will deal with animal cruelty and exploitation.

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Last month, the filmmakers released the first official photo from the movie that showed a new character, a young girl named Lucy, looking at a museum-like collection of dinosaur skeletons. Even though we have a photo of the actress, we still don’t know her name. That speaks to how secretive this project has been. Many fans are speculating that the private dinosaur collection might be somehow connected to John Hammond.

Jurassic World 2 is set for June 22, 2018 release. Goldblum will next be seen in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, which hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

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