Erik Selvig
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Erik Selvig (Character)
from Thor (2011)

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Thor (2011)
[after credits]
[Dr Selvig wanders around an underground base]
Nick Fury: [greeting him] Dr. Selvig.
Erik Selvig: So, you're the man behind all this? It's quite a labyrinth. I was thinking that you had taken me down here to kill me.
Nick Fury: I've been hearing about the New Mexico situation. Your work has impressed a lot of people who are much smarter than I am.
Erik Selvig: I had a lot to work with: the Foster theory, a gateway to another dimension... it's unprecedented...
[Fury doesn't respond]
Erik Selvig: ...isn't it?
Nick Fury: Legend tells us one thing; history, another. But, every now and then, we find something that belongs to both.
[Fury opens a suitcase, which contains a small cube]
Erik Selvig: What is it?
Nick Fury: Power, Doctor. If we figure out how to tap it, maybe unlimited power.
[Loki is seen in a reflection, smiling]
Loki: [whispers to Selvig] Well, I guess that's worth a look.
Erik Selvig: Well, I guess that's worth a look.

[Thor brings a drunken Selvig home]
Jane Foster: What happened?
Thor: He's fine! We drank, we fought - he made his ancestors proud!
Jane Foster: Put him on the bed.
Erik Selvig: [to Thor] Oh, I still don't think you're the god of thunder. But you ought to be!

Jane Foster: [about the mythology book] Where'd you find this?
Erik Selvig: The children's section. I just wanted to show you how silly his story was.
Jane Foster: But you're the one who's always pushing me to chase down every possibility, every alternative.
Erik Selvig: I'm talking about science, not magic.
Jane Foster: Well, "magic's just science we don't understand yet." Arthur C. Clarke.
Erik Selvig: Who wrote science-fiction.
Jane Foster: A precursor to science fact!
Erik Selvig: In some cases, yeah.
Jane Foster: Well, if there's an Einstein-Rosen bridge, then there's something on the other side. And advanced beings could have crossed it!
Erik Selvig: Oh, Jane.
Darcy: A primitive culture like the Vikings might have worshiped them as deities.
Jane Foster: Yes! Yes, exactly. Thank you.

Erik Selvig: [about Jane] I've seen the way she looks at you. If you hurt her...
Thor: I swear to you, I mean her no harm.

Jane Foster: Years of research, gone.
Darcy: They even took my iPod.
Erik Selvig: What about the backups?
Jane Foster: They took our backups. They took the backups of our backups. They were extremely thorough.
Darcy: I just downloaded, like, 30 songs onto there.

Erik Selvig: It's not a bad thing finding out that you don't have all the answers. You start asking the right questions.

Agent Coulson: Dr. Selvig, keep him away from the bars!
Thor: Where are we going?
Erik Selvig: To get a drink!

Erik Selvig: I've got the particle detectors... Darcy, do you have the SHIELD satellite codes?
Darcy: Yeah! Have you seen my taser?
Erik Selvig: It's in the car, come on Jane!

Erik Selvig: I knew this scientist, a pioneer in gamma radiation. SHIELD showed up, and that's the last I heard from him.

Thor: You know, I had it all backwards. I had it all wrong.
Erik Selvig: It's not a bad thing finding out that you don't have all the answers. You start asking the right questions.
Thor: For the first time in my life, I have no idea what I'm supposed to do.
Erik Selvig: Anyone who's ever going to find his way in this world, has to start by admitting he doesn't know...


Thor: The Dark World (2013)
[from trailer]
Dr. Erik Selvig: We're running out of time!

Darcy Lewis: Why are you smiling?
Dr. Erik Selvig: There is nothing more reassuring than realizing that the world is crazier than you are.

Dr. Erik Selvig: Any questions?
Old guy in the ward: Yeah. Can I have my shoe back?

Dr. Erik Selvig: Your brother isn't coming, is he?
Thor: Loki is dead.
Dr. Erik Selvig: Thank God... I'm so sorry.

Jane Foster: [Darcy and Ian appear through a portal while kissing] Darcy!
Darcy Lewis: [She drops Ian] Jane!
Dr. Erik Selvig: Ian!
Ian Boothby: Selvig!
Darcy Lewis: Mew-mew!
[Mjölnir zooms by]

Dr. Erik Selvig: We can't get close to Malekith!
Thor: I can!
[heads towards Malekith with Selvig's devices]

Dr. Erik Selvig: This has happened before, thousands of years ago, and the Ancients were there to see it. All the great constructions, the Mayans, the Chinese, the Egyptians. They made use of the gravitational effects of the Convergence. And they left us a map.
[draws a few lines across it]
Dr. Erik Selvig: Stonehenge, Snowdon, the Great Orme. These are all coordinates taking us... here.
Ian Boothby: Greenwich?
Jane Foster: The walls between worlds will be almost non-existent. Physics is gonna go ballistic. Increases and decreases in gravity, spatial extrusions. The very fabric of reality is gonna be torn apart.
[Thor summons Mjolnir from it's place on the coat-hanger, ready to go at once]
Dr. Erik Selvig: I better get my pants.


The Avengers (2012)
Loki: [as Fury tries to leave with the Tesseract ] Please don't. I still need that.
Nick Fury: This doesn't have to get any messier.
Loki: Of course it does. I've come too far anything else. I am Loki, of Asgard and I am burdened with glorious purpose.
Selvig: Loki, brother of Thor.
Nick Fury: We have no quarrel with your people.
Loki: An ant has no quarrel with a boot.
Nick Fury: Are you planning to step on us?
Loki: I come with glad tidings of a world made free.
Nick Fury: Free from what?
Loki: Freedom. Freedom is life's great lie. Once you accept that, in your heart...
[walks up to Eric Selvig and touches him with the scepter]
Loki: ...you will know peace.
Nick Fury: Yeah, you say "peace," I kind of think you mean the other thing.
Clint Barton: Sir, Director Fury is stalling. This place is about to blow and drop a hundred feet of rock on us. He means to bury us.
Nick Fury: Like the pharaohs of old.
Selvig: He's right. The portal is collapsing in on itself. We've got maybe two minutes before this goes critical.
Loki: Well, then...
[Barton shoots Fury, they leave]

Jarvis: [as Iron Man arrives at Stark Tower to confront Loki and Selvig] Sir, I've shut down the Arc Reactor, but the device is already self-sustaining.
Iron Man: Shut it down, Dr. Selvig.
Selvig: It's too late! She can't stop now. She wants to show us something! A new universe.
Iron Man: OK.
[blasts the device, which defends itself with a barrier, blasting Selvig into a wall and pushing Iron Man back]
Jarvis: The barrier is pure energy. It's unbreachable.
Iron Man: Yeah I got that - Plan B.
[he turns to Loki and drifts down to his landing pad]
Jarvis: Sir, the Mark VII is not ready for deployment.
Iron Man: Then skip the spinning rims! We're on the clock!
[Lands and has his armor removed]

Nick Fury: Where's Barton?
Selvig: The Hawk? Up in his nest, as usual.

Selvig: The Tesseract is showing me so much. It's more than just knowledge, it's... truth.
Loki: I know. What did it show you, Agent Barton?
Clint Barton: My next target.
Loki: Tell me what you need.
Clint Barton: I'll need a distraction.
[Barton grabs his bow]
Clint Barton: And an eyeball.


Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Thor: [comes to Selvig for help] This may be dangerous...
Erik Selvig: I would be disappointed if it wasn't.