With only a week to go until Avengers: Infinity War finally hits theaters, Marvel has done an impressive job of keeping things under wraps for the film. In a world where it's increasingly difficult to avoid spoilers, even before a film is released, the hype surrounding this massive ensemble movie is still largely speculation - and fans are just going to have to wait and see which of the dozens of theories surrounding Infinity War turn out to be accurate.
One of the biggest question marks still hanging over Infinity War is, of course, the role of the inimitable Peter Dinklage. The star of Game of Thrones has been confirmed to be a part of the movie, and now the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole, for some time... but how, exactly, he plays into Infinity War is a closely guarded secret. However, a new clip from Infinity War has fans wondering if Dinklage's part is going to be very different than originally expected, and not a little disappointing.
The latest clip was revealed during an interview with Anthony Mackie (who plays Falcon in the MCU), and shows Black Widow, Captain America, and Falcon battling two members of The Black Order (aka The Children of Thanos). Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive are the two fighting our heroes, and at the end of the short clip, each of them has a single line - and between the sound of his voice and the fact that the actor playing Corvus has yet to be announced, many fans believe that Dinklage will be voicing Corvus in Infinity War.
Dinklage Was First Linked To Avengers 3 Over A Year Ago
Dinklage was first linked to the MCU and Avengers: Infinity War back in January 2017, when it was reported that the star was in talks to join the franchise. Details of the role were (obviously) not given at the time, but it was initially described as 'key'. Although the initial reports of the casting came over a year ago, Marvel Studios didn't actually officially confirm his involvement until March of this year, when the actor's name appeared on the poster for the film. However, the comic book juggernaut has remained tight-lipped about who Dinklage would be playing. Dinklage is also one of the few actors not already in the MCU to be joining the production - unsurprising, given the sheer number of existing MCU actors being crammed into this one, epic film.
Rumors Gave Dinklage A Big Role
Of course, the lack of official word from Marvel on Dinklage's role hasn't stopped fans from speculating about who the actor will appear as - and there are plenty of theories to go around. Multiple characters from the Marvel Universe have been suggested, for reasons ranging from Dinklage's latest hair color, to comments made years ago, to leaked details and rumors. While people have been guessing that Dinklage could appear as anyone from Adam Warlock (who was teased in both Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: The Dark World) to Uatu The Watcher (now that Disney has the rights, having acquired Fox) to J. Jonah Jameson. However, there are three theories that stand out as the most likely.
The least plausible of the three is that Dinklage will be playing MODOK, a floating head in a rocket-chair. This theory comes from comments made several years ago by Infinity War screenwriter Christopher Markus. Markus has said more than once that he would love to include MODOK in the MCU, and that (more importantly) he sees the character played by none other than Dinklage. However, MODOK is primarily an antagonist to Captain America and SHIELD, and doesn't seem to fit naturally into the Infinity War arc.
Slightly more likely is the possibility that Dinklage will be playing Pip the Troll, a redheaded prince from the planet Laxidazia who was transformed into a troll, and who later became a travelling companion to Adam Warlock - one of the only people in the galaxy that he seems to have any respect for. Of course, if Pip does appear in Infinity War, that would mean that Adam Warlock would presumably appear alongside him... something that James Gunn has confirmed is not happening in this film. This leaves us with the third option: that Dinklage is playing Eitri the Dwarf. Eitri is closely connected to the mythology of Thor, as the leader of the Dwarves of Nidavellir, one of the Nine Realms of Asgard. Eitri is also the one who forged Thor's hammer (and other legendary weapons), and since Mjolnir was destroyed by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok, it stands to reason that the one-eyed ruler of the Asgardians may be looking to get a replacement. If that wasn't enough, it is also rumored that the MCU version of Eitri could be the one to forge the Infinity Gauntlet itself.
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018