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11.20.2009

With THOR gearing up to begin filming in just about two months, sets are being built and the cast is being finalized. Just the other day, the Warriors Three were announced and today we get one last piece of casting news for the film. Idris Elba has signed on to play Heimdall, one of the trusted servants of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the guardian of Asgard.

In the comics, Heimdall was the brother of Sif and while it's possible they may keep that angle for the movie, Elba and actress Jaimie Alexander don't exactly look like siblings. Elba recently wrapped filming on another comic movie, the Warner Bros. adaptation of THE LOSERS. You may remember him also from "The Wire" or his brilliant guest stint on "The Office" as Charles Miner, the executive who causes Michael Scott to briefly launch his own paper company. As previously mentioned, THOR begins filming in Los Angeles this January for a May 20, 2011 release date.

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Extra Tidbit: Elba moonlights as a hip-hop DJ under the alias DJ Big Driis.
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6:56PM on 11/25/2009

Um, they're GODS

They can look however they want to look. Congrats to Elba for a great part, and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie.
They can look however they want to look. Congrats to Elba for a great part, and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie.
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11:39PM on 11/23/2009

i consider being called a racist an insult

the part just calls for a white male person, that's just a fact. you guys are just ridiculous.
the part just calls for a white male person, that's just a fact. you guys are just ridiculous.
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11:34PM on 11/23/2009

drc5145, you aint too bright

nobody is looking down on any race, Heimdall is more than just a fictional character, he is part of a pantheon of gods. a mighty and ancient religion that is probably still alive today, at least in some sort.
nobody is looking down on any race, Heimdall is more than just a fictional character, he is part of a pantheon of gods. a mighty and ancient religion that is probably still alive today, at least in some sort.
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10:35PM on 11/23/2009
These are some really racist comments that are coming out of the woodwork. Why the fuck is everyone getting so damn worked up over a mythological FICTIONAL character being white or black? I have never seen a reaction as large as this to such casting in terms of race. A fucking shame too since Elba is a damn good actor.

Fucking racists.
These are some really racist comments that are coming out of the woodwork. Why the fuck is everyone getting so damn worked up over a mythological FICTIONAL character being white or black? I have never seen a reaction as large as this to such casting in terms of race. A fucking shame too since Elba is a damn good actor.

Fucking racists.
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6:25PM on 11/21/2009

Smiert, you're insulting the viking faith now

now explain why its a good idea to have "the whitest skinned of the gods" (from Encyclopædia Britannica) look like a black man? Do you have any arguments at all?
now explain why its a good idea to have "the whitest skinned of the gods" (from Encyclopædia Britannica) look like a black man? Do you have any arguments at all?
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6:19PM on 11/21/2009

Old Norse: Heimdallr

in Norse mythology, the watchman of the gods. Called the shining god and whitest skinned of the gods, Heimdall dwelt at the entry to Asgard, where he guarded Bifrost, the rainbow bridge. He required less sleep than a bird, could see 100 leagues, and could hear grass growing in the meadows and wool growing on sheep. Heimdall kept the “ringing” horn, Gjallarhorn, which could be heard throughout heaven, earth, and the lower world; it was believed that he would sound the horn to summon the gods
in Norse mythology, the watchman of the gods. Called the shining god and whitest skinned of the gods, Heimdall dwelt at the entry to Asgard, where he guarded Bifrost, the rainbow bridge. He required less sleep than a bird, could see 100 leagues, and could hear grass growing in the meadows and wool growing on sheep. Heimdall kept the “ringing” horn, Gjallarhorn, which could be heard throughout heaven, earth, and the lower world; it was believed that he would sound the horn to summon the gods when their enemies, the giants, drew near at the Ragnarök, the end of the world of gods and men.
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3:51PM on 11/21/2009

Good for you Elba.

He's one hell of an actor. Eventually he'll be a leading man.

I don't think this casting choice is because of political correctness at all. It's just...weird. But kinda cool, I think. I'm surprised there are so many white folks upset about this. Don't worry, you guys are still on top.

Most of the negative comments are extreme. Especially the one bashing jews. I hope that jew hating idiot gets his face ripped off by a chimpanzee.
He's one hell of an actor. Eventually he'll be a leading man.

I don't think this casting choice is because of political correctness at all. It's just...weird. But kinda cool, I think. I'm surprised there are so many white folks upset about this. Don't worry, you guys are still on top.

Most of the negative comments are extreme. Especially the one bashing jews. I hope that jew hating idiot gets his face ripped off by a chimpanzee.
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3:28PM on 11/21/2009

STRINGER!!!!!

The guy got to deliver some of the best lines ever on 'The Wire.' My favorite? 'Y'all giving me too many forty degree days! He's a beast of a dude who towered over most other actors on The Wire and he has superb acting chops. Loved him on The Office where he consistently turned Jim into a stuttering dunce.

This movie is starting to have some badass cast. Elba, Hopkins, Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson, Kirk's Dad. With everyone's favorite Natalie.
The guy got to deliver some of the best lines ever on 'The Wire.' My favorite? 'Y'all giving me too many forty degree days! He's a beast of a dude who towered over most other actors on The Wire and he has superb acting chops. Loved him on The Office where he consistently turned Jim into a stuttering dunce.

This movie is starting to have some badass cast. Elba, Hopkins, Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson, Kirk's Dad. With everyone's favorite Natalie.
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2:11PM on 11/21/2009
To be honest I dont care that Elba is playing Heimdall, I mean the Marvel Asgard is nothing like the norse mythologial Asgard, afterall in the Norse mythos Thor had red hair, not blond. Also one of the Warrior's Three is obviously of Asian descent. So what's to say Odin doesn't allow other worthy souls to grace his realm. Afterall it is a realm of warriors and I don't think Odin discriminates based on color, he discriminates on physical prowess and warrior spirit.
To be honest I dont care that Elba is playing Heimdall, I mean the Marvel Asgard is nothing like the norse mythologial Asgard, afterall in the Norse mythos Thor had red hair, not blond. Also one of the Warrior's Three is obviously of Asian descent. So what's to say Odin doesn't allow other worthy souls to grace his realm. Afterall it is a realm of warriors and I don't think Odin discriminates based on color, he discriminates on physical prowess and warrior spirit.
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12:44PM on 11/22/2009
... because Heimdall wasn't black in the Marvel comics.
... because Heimdall wasn't black in the Marvel comics.
2:04PM on 11/21/2009
To be honest I dont care that Elba is playing Heimdall, I mean the Marvel Asgard is nothing like the norse mythologial Asgard, afterall in the Norse mythos Thor had red hair, not blond. Also one of the Warrior's Three is obviously of Asian descent. So what's to say Odin doesn't allow other worthy souls to grace his realm. Afterall it is a realm of warriors and I don't think Odin discriminates based on color, he discriminates on physical prowess and warrior spirit.
To be honest I dont care that Elba is playing Heimdall, I mean the Marvel Asgard is nothing like the norse mythologial Asgard, afterall in the Norse mythos Thor had red hair, not blond. Also one of the Warrior's Three is obviously of Asian descent. So what's to say Odin doesn't allow other worthy souls to grace his realm. Afterall it is a realm of warriors and I don't think Odin discriminates based on color, he discriminates on physical prowess and warrior spirit.
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10:20AM on 11/21/2009

Little known fact, haakim...

...MLK was an actual living person. Heimdall is fucking imaginary.

Shitty comparison, compadre.
And again with the double posting? Really?
...MLK was an actual living person. Heimdall is fucking imaginary.

Shitty comparison, compadre.
And again with the double posting? Really?
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9:53AM on 11/21/2009

why not Whoopy Goldberg for Heimdal?

I'm sure Elba is a fine actor, don't remember him from RocknRolla, it is just not the right role for him. Or any black man.
I'm sure Elba is a fine actor, don't remember him from RocknRolla, it is just not the right role for him. Or any black man.
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9:45AM on 11/21/2009

would you cast a white guy as Martin Luther King?

No? Smiert, talking about racism is foolish. Patroni, don' know what he is talking about, but most here are just talking common sense.
No? Smiert, talking about racism is foolish. Patroni, don' know what he is talking about, but most here are just talking common sense.
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8:39AM on 11/21/2009

Insane

"Elba moonlights as a hip-hop DJ under the alias DJ Big Driis"

Sure sounds like Heimdall material, doesn't it? Uhh...
"Elba moonlights as a hip-hop DJ under the alias DJ Big Driis"

Sure sounds like Heimdall material, doesn't it? Uhh...
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12:48AM on 11/21/2009
I won't be watching this movie, that's for sure. I can't stand blatant political correctness. It's out of control these days.
I won't be watching this movie, that's for sure. I can't stand blatant political correctness. It's out of control these days.
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12:47AM on 11/21/2009
Wow this is bull, doesn't even make any sense. Actor should've been white. Politically correct role anyone? Just stupid.
Wow this is bull, doesn't even make any sense. Actor should've been white. Politically correct role anyone? Just stupid.
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11:23PM on 11/20/2009

Wanna Draw Out All The Closet Racists?

Cast a black guy in a traditionally white role.

The funny thing is, most the people who are complaining have never even heard of Heimdall in the first place....

P.S. Intentionally double posting in order to purposely bring down the percentage of an article?? That's just fuckin' lame, yo...
Cast a black guy in a traditionally white role.

The funny thing is, most the people who are complaining have never even heard of Heimdall in the first place....

P.S. Intentionally double posting in order to purposely bring down the percentage of an article?? That's just fuckin' lame, yo...
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10:21PM on 11/20/2009

Offended!!

If we were to place a White man to play...let us say...Buhddha...then I guess the "HATE" would never be an issue?? I am FED UP with this outright offensive on White History & Beliefs...I am pissed off; offended; disgusted; just outright through with this jewish assault...I will not watch such trash...nor will ANYONE I know...call me anti-semitic...I am anti-enemy...and as their rabbis teach from the Talmud...they have declared ALL non-jews as their enemies...and destroy all that is White at
If we were to place a White man to play...let us say...Buhddha...then I guess the "HATE" would never be an issue?? I am FED UP with this outright offensive on White History & Beliefs...I am pissed off; offended; disgusted; just outright through with this jewish assault...I will not watch such trash...nor will ANYONE I know...call me anti-semitic...I am anti-enemy...and as their rabbis teach from the Talmud...they have declared ALL non-jews as their enemies...and destroy all that is White at every opportunity. I suggest ALL non-jews educate themselves on the "holy" Talmud...required learning in ALL three forms of judaism...if you think I am full of BS...listen to Farrakhan, he has studied the jew for years and he is a BLACK activist!! Whites need to step up! P.L.E., anywhere you can.
Boycott. We are...look up jewish race actors and actresses, you will be supprised...as well...thier muticultural agenda is done to eliminate the White and Black races...look at the USA's birth statistics...you will see what the effect is. Disgusting

I wish I were just a nut case...but it is all to real...
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11:11PM on 11/20/2009
No no... rest assured that you DO sound like a nutcase.

Seriously though, WTF are you even talking about???
No no... rest assured that you DO sound like a nutcase.

Seriously though, WTF are you even talking about???
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10:10PM on 11/20/2009

Offended!!

Disgusted to the CORE!!
Disgusted to the CORE!!
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5:49PM on 11/20/2009

Stringer Belle FTW

Man I love Idris. Amazing actor. Loved him in RockNRolla too!
Man I love Idris. Amazing actor. Loved him in RockNRolla too!
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4:36PM on 11/20/2009
Don't know what the Marvel mythology says, but according to the real mythology; Heimdal wasn't a Asgardian, he was regarded as one but he really wasn't.

The namne Heimdal comes from; Heim = World and dallr = tree, etymologi tells that the name refer to "Yggdrasil", the worldtree, a Norse/Viking definition of the universe/Milky Way, if you like he was "the god of heaven".

Heimdal was not Odins son, thereby not a Asgardian, ge was instead son to the "nine mothers", they are thought to
Don't know what the Marvel mythology says, but according to the real mythology; Heimdal wasn't a Asgardian, he was regarded as one but he really wasn't.

The namne Heimdal comes from; Heim = World and dallr = tree, etymologi tells that the name refer to "Yggdrasil", the worldtree, a Norse/Viking definition of the universe/Milky Way, if you like he was "the god of heaven".

Heimdal was not Odins son, thereby not a Asgardian, ge was instead son to the "nine mothers", they are thought to represent the nine worlds of the nordic cosmology.

He observed the world and always carried a horn in which to blow when Ragnarok approached.

Well; so if they are free to make anyone of the gods politically correct, Heimdal would be a perfect candidate.

But if you look at historic depictions of him, he has e.g. blonde hair;

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Another theory regarding the "nine mothers" is that they represented the waves on the sea, and that he is the son of the giant "Agir", not a god but similar to Poseidon.

One funny thing though, he is actually referred to as the "whitest of the gods", I'm not kidding. =)
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4:01PM on 11/20/2009

Could be cool

Not to mention the fact that he is a British actor.

Who cares if he is black? Really people have a problem if an African-American is cast in a role that is meant for someone white or whatever. There are not alot of roles for blacks in television or movies at all. (prove me wrong. I dare U!!) Get that work idris. Watch the wire and tell me if this guy should'nt be a star
Not to mention the fact that he is a British actor.

Who cares if he is black? Really people have a problem if an African-American is cast in a role that is meant for someone white or whatever. There are not alot of roles for blacks in television or movies at all. (prove me wrong. I dare U!!) Get that work idris. Watch the wire and tell me if this guy should'nt be a star
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1:53PM on 11/20/2009

Norse Africans?

Um, how do I say this delicately....Norse mythology would indicate NOTHING of African vikings and the such. Pass. Moving on.
Um, how do I say this delicately....Norse mythology would indicate NOTHING of African vikings and the such. Pass. Moving on.
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4:01PM on 11/20/2009
That doesn't mean anything. According to some scientist, Africa is were all civilization started. And In DC Universe, they never mention there were Blacks on Krypton, until recently, they had their own island. So, just because it's not mentioned, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
That doesn't mean anything. According to some scientist, Africa is were all civilization started. And In DC Universe, they never mention there were Blacks on Krypton, until recently, they had their own island. So, just because it's not mentioned, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
7:25PM on 11/20/2009
7:27PM on 11/20/2009
Do the words "Wild Wild West" mean anything to anyone?

C'mon, nothing prejudice in it but certain folks in stories or movies are WHITE! Hey...let's just make a Crusades movie and have Saladin be a blonde hair, blue eyed white guy! Just wouldn't work.
Do the words "Wild Wild West" mean anything to anyone?

C'mon, nothing prejudice in it but certain folks in stories or movies are WHITE! Hey...let's just make a Crusades movie and have Saladin be a blonde hair, blue eyed white guy! Just wouldn't work.
1:13PM on 11/20/2009

Elba would have looked very odd in Lotr

or any Norse mythology/fantasy. Tadanobu is fine, Samis, Eskimos, Eastern European people have been around Scandinavia. But a black person in that setting will make it look preposterous, like Eragon or something.
or any Norse mythology/fantasy. Tadanobu is fine, Samis, Eskimos, Eastern European people have been around Scandinavia. But a black person in that setting will make it look preposterous, like Eragon or something.
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1:12PM on 11/20/2009

Elba Rules!

Idris Elba is a top tier actor. Anyone who disagrees, go watch The Wire then go jump off a bridge for being an ignorant human being. Also, for those who are saying this is an 'Affirmative Action' casting call, FUCK YOU! You douchebag morons, living in your mother's basement, jacking off to images of Hitler and Na'vi women! Fucking looser mutherfuckers!
Idris Elba is a top tier actor. Anyone who disagrees, go watch The Wire then go jump off a bridge for being an ignorant human being. Also, for those who are saying this is an 'Affirmative Action' casting call, FUCK YOU! You douchebag morons, living in your mother's basement, jacking off to images of Hitler and Na'vi women! Fucking looser mutherfuckers!
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3:57PM on 11/20/2009
Damn Right
Damn Right
12:17PM on 11/20/2009

Cool!

In the myth anyway, Heimdall is only half aesir god. It's all good.
In the myth anyway, Heimdall is only half aesir god. It's all good.
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12:16PM on 11/20/2009

Another Great Casting Addition

Elba fuckin' owns, has been great in everything I've seen him, especially The Wire.

Everybody complaining about this casting news because he's black really need to re-evaluate their fucking priorities. Its a MINOR character. Some of you act like as soon as they color blind cast a minor character, next Superman is gonna all of a sudden be big black guy with an afro.

Seriously, chill the fuck out....
Elba fuckin' owns, has been great in everything I've seen him, especially The Wire.

Everybody complaining about this casting news because he's black really need to re-evaluate their fucking priorities. Its a MINOR character. Some of you act like as soon as they color blind cast a minor character, next Superman is gonna all of a sudden be big black guy with an afro.

Seriously, chill the fuck out....
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11:10PM on 11/20/2009
Dig me down all you like, but you know I'm fuckin' right...
Dig me down all you like, but you know I'm fuckin' right...
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11:48AM on 11/20/2009
What's with the fucking hate? soboyle made good point in that we have no idea what an asgardian necessarily looks like. I don't see why there can't be at least one black norse warrior. I'm pretty sure Branagh knows what he's doing since nearly every bit of casting has been spot on. I think it's a great move, which helps that Elba is a damn good actor.
What's with the fucking hate? soboyle made good point in that we have no idea what an asgardian necessarily looks like. I don't see why there can't be at least one black norse warrior. I'm pretty sure Branagh knows what he's doing since nearly every bit of casting has been spot on. I think it's a great move, which helps that Elba is a damn good actor.
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11:04AM on 11/20/2009
uuummm have any of you ever seen an asgardian? i'm pretty sure they don't exist so i think that gives marvel free reign to cast who ever they want. Plus that guy was damn good in the office. i can totally see him kicking ass as a norse god.
uuummm have any of you ever seen an asgardian? i'm pretty sure they don't exist so i think that gives marvel free reign to cast who ever they want. Plus that guy was damn good in the office. i can totally see him kicking ass as a norse god.
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11:44AM on 11/20/2009
Since the Asgardians represent the gods of the Nordic people, who were not black nor Japanese, I have made the assumption that they will look Nordic. I know you knew that. C'mon...admit it...
Since the Asgardians represent the gods of the Nordic people, who were not black nor Japanese, I have made the assumption that they will look Nordic. I know you knew that. C'mon...admit it...
12:14PM on 11/20/2009
Hogun, one of the warriors three, is frequently depicted as Asian, and thus, they casted an Asian actor.

But you knew this already, right drexxell?
Hogun, one of the warriors three, is frequently depicted as Asian, and thus, they casted an Asian actor.

But you knew this already, right drexxell?
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10:49AM on 11/20/2009
I have to agree. No issues with black Actors but I'm pretty sure that black Norse Warriors were rare and black Norse Gods, rarer still.
I have to agree. No issues with black Actors but I'm pretty sure that black Norse Warriors were rare and black Norse Gods, rarer still.
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10:48AM on 11/20/2009

Hmmmmm

So...first there's a Japanese Asgardian, and now a black Asgardian.

Hate to say it, but this is making the otherwise great movie look like its bowing to modern day "diversity training"
So...first there's a Japanese Asgardian, and now a black Asgardian.

Hate to say it, but this is making the otherwise great movie look like its bowing to modern day "diversity training"
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12:07PM on 11/20/2009
WTF are you talking about? This is the first color blind casting they've done thus far...

"Oh noes! The cast is racially diverse! Movies gonna suck!"

Fuck-outta-here....
WTF are you talking about? This is the first color blind casting they've done thus far...

"Oh noes! The cast is racially diverse! Movies gonna suck!"

Fuck-outta-here....
10:43AM on 11/20/2009

Really?

First they have an asian playing one of the warriors 3 (Tadanobu Asano) and now they have a black guy as an asgardian?! I'm all for equality, but is there like an affirmative action lawsuit going on in this movie? Or would too many people have bitched if (God forbid) all of the asgardians actually looked like asgardians?
First they have an asian playing one of the warriors 3 (Tadanobu Asano) and now they have a black guy as an asgardian?! I'm all for equality, but is there like an affirmative action lawsuit going on in this movie? Or would too many people have bitched if (God forbid) all of the asgardians actually looked like asgardians?
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12:09PM on 11/20/2009
Are there too many minorities in your water park?
Are there too many minorities in your water park?
12:25PM on 11/20/2009
OMG A SOUTHPARK QUOTE!!!LOLOLOLZ!!@ UR AWESOME!!!
OMG A SOUTHPARK QUOTE!!!LOLOLOLZ!!@ UR AWESOME!!!
10:42AM on 11/20/2009

Really?

First they have an asian playing one of the warriors 3 (Tadanobu Asano) and now they have a black guy as an asgardian?! I'm all for equality, but is there like an affirmative action lawsuit going on in this movie? Or would too many people have bitched if (God forbid) all of the asgardians actually looked like asgardians?
First they have an asian playing one of the warriors 3 (Tadanobu Asano) and now they have a black guy as an asgardian?! I'm all for equality, but is there like an affirmative action lawsuit going on in this movie? Or would too many people have bitched if (God forbid) all of the asgardians actually looked like asgardians?
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10:40AM on 11/20/2009

Hahaha. A fucking joke

Marvel Studios lost it, huh? Unless there's an Ultimate Heimdall... there isn't. Fail.
Marvel Studios lost it, huh? Unless there's an Ultimate Heimdall... there isn't. Fail.
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10:16AM on 11/20/2009

oh, a black norseman?

now that's kind of surprising to say the least....I can only hope that's a mistake and Elba plays somebody from earth.
now that's kind of surprising to say the least....I can only hope that's a mistake and Elba plays somebody from earth.
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