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By the gods! Idris Elba is absolutely back as Heimdall in Thor 2

05.15.2012
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Idris Elba as Heimdall

(hark, there be some minor spoilers ahead for THOR)

While this may not necessarily be the most surprising news you'll read all day, and you may have heard it rumored before, Idris Elba has confirmed for sure that he will indeed be reprising his role as Heimdall the Gate Keeper in THOR 2.  As for what that reprise will entail exactly, he's not exactly sure just now except to say he's back.

Collider: Will you be returning for Thor 2?
IDRIS ELBA: Yes, I am. I’m definitely going to do my man in a suit film.
Collider: What are you most excited about getting to do in the sequel?
ELBA: I’d just like to get to know him a bit more. Who is Heimdall? He guards the gate. Okay. Is there anything else? I don’t know what is in the script because I haven’t read it yet. But, the audience has responded to Asgard and wants to know more about who lives there and what it’s about. I’m sure, if they do that, Heimdall will be featured more.
Collider: With everything that you have lined up, how will that fit into your schedule?
ELBA: My schedule is so packed this year, to the point where I really don’t have an address anymore. I’m going to be living on film sets for the next year. I literally moved out of a place and was not going to get a new one. My schedule is really packed, but I’m going to do Thor after I play [Nelson] Mandela.

The Mandela film he refers to is the one we reported on back here - as for how precisely Heimdall is going to fit in now that the Bifröst is destroyed and the bridge between worlds collapsed, we'll just have to see as the cameras start rolling later this summer on the second part of Marvel's Asgardian Saga.

Extra Tidbit: What are you hoping for with Heimdall in THOR 2?
Source: Collider

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11:13AM on 05/15/2012
I read the headline as "Idris Elba is absolutely black as Heimdal..."

I read the headline as "Idris Elba is absolutely black as Heimdal..."

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11:11AM on 05/15/2012

Good for him

he rocked the role and I'd like to see more of him.
he rocked the role and I'd like to see more of him.
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10:51AM on 05/15/2012
Despite relatively little screen time, Elba got every drop of awesome out of Heimdall. Those racist mofos who got all apoplectic after his casting can go freeze their tongue to a Frost Giant's taint.
Despite relatively little screen time, Elba got every drop of awesome out of Heimdall. Those racist mofos who got all apoplectic after his casting can go freeze their tongue to a Frost Giant's taint.
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2:10PM on 05/15/2012
I don't think it's racism taking issue with making an Asgardian black. The whole reason Johann Schmidtt in Captain America and Hitler in REAL LIFE were inspired by Nordic and Tutenic myth was because they were a race of white super men, Aryans. They used those myths to make people believe that pure blooded Germans were descendants of Aryans. With that said, I liked Idris Elba in the role... but it would be like casting Kingpin as a black guy if they were to make a DareDevil movie and then
I don't think it's racism taking issue with making an Asgardian black. The whole reason Johann Schmidtt in Captain America and Hitler in REAL LIFE were inspired by Nordic and Tutenic myth was because they were a race of white super men, Aryans. They used those myths to make people believe that pure blooded Germans were descendants of Aryans. With that said, I liked Idris Elba in the role... but it would be like casting Kingpin as a black guy if they were to make a DareDevil movie and then calling anyone who says that's retarded is a racist. It isn't racist, it just isn't realistic. Realistic in the sense that it defies the mythology of the source material and the actual film (in the case of Elba as Heimdall). Again, I don't mind it because he is a great actor and it's a comic book movie, not meant to be taken literally. So anyway, not everyone who takes issue with this casting decision is a racist, some of them are just anal retentive geeks.
1:34AM on 05/16/2012
I get that to a degree, but all comic nerds have to come to grips with a basic fact. EVERY comic book superhero until Black Panther is white. Comic writers simply couldn't do it even if they wanted to through nearly the first four decades of comics.

Yeah, in Norse mythology all of those Gods are White because they made their gods in their own image. Just as Jesus Christ (real person) has been turned from a Semitic Jew to a white guy with blond hair and blue eyes.

Thor treats these
I get that to a degree, but all comic nerds have to come to grips with a basic fact. EVERY comic book superhero until Black Panther is white. Comic writers simply couldn't do it even if they wanted to through nearly the first four decades of comics.

Yeah, in Norse mythology all of those Gods are White because they made their gods in their own image. Just as Jesus Christ (real person) has been turned from a Semitic Jew to a white guy with blond hair and blue eyes.

Thor treats these characters as REALITY, not myth. So there is nothing that truly demands these characters stick 100% to the myth in terms of appearance.

Frankly, I wanted Donald Glover to play Spiderman. Nothing in Peter Parker's backstory demands that he be white. And I desperately want to see Idris Elba play James Bond after Craig has had his fun.
8:53AM on 05/15/2012
A bigger role, and a significant outcome. He's a great actor, and they should embrace it.
A bigger role, and a significant outcome. He's a great actor, and they should embrace it.
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8:23AM on 05/15/2012
Yeah, Heimdall was pretty cool, give him a bigger roll, I want to see him fight alongside Thor! :D
Yeah, Heimdall was pretty cool, give him a bigger roll, I want to see him fight alongside Thor! :D
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7:33AM on 05/15/2012
Fan-fucking-tastic!
Fan-fucking-tastic!
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7:16AM on 05/15/2012
although this is no surprise, its still good news. I would love to see this character get some action, not just play doorman and popsicle.
although this is no surprise, its still good news. I would love to see this character get some action, not just play doorman and popsicle.
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