Idris Elba Talks ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ Wants to Play a ‘Real’ Superhero

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For many fans of the Marvel’s Thor, one of the best things about the film was Idris Elba’s performance as Heimdall. The British actor is a veteran of high-caliber TV drama (The Wire, Luther), and while his starring roles in films like Obsessed have yet to propel him into super-stardom, he has been a powerful supporting presence in Prometheus, Takers, and even Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

While his role as Heimdall, the Gate-Keeper of the Bifrost in Thor, did not require much more than standing still and glowering, it was nonetheless an important character within that universe. Elba recently talked about the role as it pertains to Thor: The Dark World and hinted at a desire to play a more significant superhero down the line.

Speaking to IGN while promoting Pacific Rim, Elba acknowledged that he had something of a limited role in the original Thor and indicated that he had more to do in this year’s sequel. When asked how much more action Heimdall will have this time around, Elba replied:

“A little bit!”

It’s a coy response for sure, but since the movie won’t be released until later this year, he can’t exactly spoil the movie.

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One of the more exciting aspects of the Thor sequel is the presence of Game of Thrones alumnus Alan Taylor in the director’s chair. Elba explained how Thor 2 will expand the view of that world (presumably with a larger, more inclusive look at Thor’s homeworld, Asgard, along with the other nine realms) and discussed the differences between his previous director and Taylor:

“Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Thor’ had a certain angle and it achieved it. This is different, it’s coming from a different place. But it’s still really exciting, I’m looking forward to what people think.”

Perhaps most interesting, though, were Idris Elba’s comments about wanting to play a more significant superhero in the future. Said Elba:

“I’d like to play a real one, you know, one who gets to do some real superhero work, but we’ll see.”

Is this a very subtle reference to yet another sidelined role for Heimdall in Thor 2? In the comic books, Heimdall has largely been as a strong, loyal, reliable presence, always to counted upon when Odin or Thor or the realm of Asgard itself required his unyielding adherence to his duty. Will we see something like that in Thor 2? Or just more standing around and glowering?

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Idris Elba has stated that there is a “story” for Heimdall this time around, but with his talent and charisma, he could – and should – carry his own franchise. Would Marvel be inclined to cast the actor elsewhere in the Marvel Movie Universe – perhaps as Black Panther or Luke Cage?

If not, he could always jump ship to DC, where a whole host of un-cast superhero roles are just begging for a presence like his. (Martin Manhunter? Cyborg? John Stewart/Green Lantern? The list goes on.)

Which superhero would you like to see Idris Elba take on, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.


Thor: The Dark World hits theaters November 8th, 2013.

Source: IGN

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  1. John Stewart!

  2. Cyborg

  3. he will never get the lead of a superhero film the reason being is The Marketing people can’t see it, his core cult fans won’t be enough to go for a world wide release with him starring in the lead!, he’s never carry a film by himself, so all this chatter about seeing him in a LEAD ROLE i don’t care if he plays SUPERMAN it won’t make enough money to pay for the marketing of this unknown actor, sure he’s an up and coming great actor but nobody at my job is even bring up his name in ANYTHING! much less a movie with him in the lead? at best his film would make about 14-33 million at the box office total that’s ok if you made the film for 1 million or less, but you fans want high buget films so it is not going to happen!!!!

    • Yeah just like Marvel putting millions behind Chris Hemsworth because of his great following before Thor right?

      • Don’t forget Chris Evans, who was barely known as The Human Torch. Plus Downey wasn’t exactly an A-lister at the release of Iron Man. Neither was Iron Man.

    • Idris Elba is far more than an unknown actor!!! Don’t know what world you live (or work) in, but he is a highly acclaimed and respected actor in mine. I work in production and he is highly sought after. Think you need to do your research!!!

    • Unknown actor? Where have you been? Lol. He has mastered roles both in the U.S and the U.K with unparalleled acting. Please check out two of the best series ever, “The Wire” (HBO) and “Luther” (BBC) to begin. Geez.

  4. Richard, many of his lower budget films have done well as a lead, particular with the Black audience. Tyler Perry has made a killing with that demographic and a large percentage of that demographic are huge Idris fans.

    I think the key would be what the character would be (I do like John Stewart Green Lantern) and how good would the story be. The movie doesn’t have to be a huge budget project (look at the first Blade with Wesley Snipes) but it does have to be a quality project. In regard to the $33million projection it would probably make that alone in England where he is huge.

    I would stay away from Luke Cage or Black Panther, they are both death trap movies. Luke Cage is to stereotypical to appeal to a large audience and the Black Panther just won’t resonate with a large audience.

    I would love to see him in a more serious remake of SPAWN.

    • @ummmm yeah: “Black Panther won’t resonate with audiences” ?

      Explain this. What facts do you have to back up your claim?

      There is no script for you to look at to determine this. Movies are about story telling. Good story telling will resonate with anybody. If movies about space aliens and giant robots can resonate with an audience I don’t see why not the story of BP.

  5. Idris Elba as Blade would be awsome

  6. Idris Elba as Blade would be awsome.

  7. Idris Elba as Blade, make it and take my money.

  8. I would love to see him as SPAWN but McFarlane is an ASS and just wants to make a lame 5-10 million dollar movie, we need a BIG co. to make a 100million dollar version! the biggest problem is I don’t think it would make enough to warrant a 100mil. dollar budget!


    • I agree, Idris could bring some serious heat to Spawn.

  9. J’onn J’onzz!

  10. I can see Idris Elba as Martian Manhunter or even as a version of Green Lantern. Can’t exactly envision him as Spawn though but they certainly can transform him into that role. In regards to Todd McFarlane, don’t believe this guy wants to grow his fan base or satisfy hungry Spawn movie fans. He is taking forever and has a small scale delusional approach to making his Spawn remake. Are there really any Spawn movie updates anymore? Most superhero movie directors actually bring together a solid script, cast, and even post movie updates on Twitter. Unfortunately, this guy doesn’t do any of that.

  11. Nobody wants to see a black superhero, why do we need a black superhero?

    • Why not?

    • I want a black superhero. Why do you feel people wouldn’t want to see a non white hero?

      • I Agree, I’m really digging Elba’s work, honestly I’d support him for whomever he’d want to play, he’s a great actor. Loony Moony’s gotta be a troll.

  12. John Stewart / Green Lantern, he definitely looks the part.

  13. Martian Manhunter or john stewart or even blade

  14. Idris Elba is John Stewart/Green Lantern in Justice League! Do it! Make it so WB!

    • This could work and help everyone forget the debacle of the first Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds. I actually didn’t think it was that bad, but the majority and the powers that be apparently did. “Blade” was too well done by Wesley Snipes and it would personally be hard to connect to another actor playing this character. I don’t think we need another reboot of a past comic book hero. Lets move on to something fresh and new. Martian Man hunter is definitely another possibility with potential box office draw as long as it moves the story on to JLA.

  15. No brainier…he has his pick but he must jump Marvel’s ship.
    DC universe:
    -John Stewart 1st (very best fit)
    – J’onn J’onzz MM 2nd
    -a little aged for Cyborg

  16. Idris Elba is a really great actor, IMO. Huge fan of the Wire, and loved him in Prometheus and Thor as well. He would be great for pretty much any black/alien superhero role, specifically Martian Manhunter, Luke Cage, or, of course, John Stewart. Seriously, he’s perfect for John Stewart.

    WB, take note. You already have a good relationship with this guy from Pacific Rim, and he’s very passionate about wanting to be the main superhero in a superhero movie. Sign him up for John Stewart!

  17. Martian Manhunter would be cool, but I hadn’t even considered him for the Lantern role. That would be awesome and make people quickly forget how poorly they treated the character (albeit a different person i.e. Hal Jordan instead of Stewart) in the previous incarnation.

  18. get rid of Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan and make Idris Elba John Stewart!!! He is perfect for the role!!!!!

  19. Wished they used a European person for the god Heimdal of Norse mythology (as well as for Locke) to represent the people of that mythology.

  20. I think Elba had the gravitas to play T’Challa aka The Black Panther, though I’m afraid he’ll be seen as too old to start that franchise. If The Black Panther were to appear as anything other than the core character of a franchise, (and let’s face it, the marketing people probably think the character can’t hold a franchise – especially since a Black Panther film would have to be more expensive than a Luke Cage film) I’d love to see Elba be the Panther in an Avengers film (or an FF film, depending on who owns the rights)