Zachary Levi was hoping for a Warriors Three trilogy in the MCU with Chris Hemsworth's Thor. The actor played Fandral - one of the members of the trio of elite Asgardian warriors who all met their tragic end in Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok.
Fandral is one of the few characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe played by two actors. While Levi was originally hired to portray the character in Kenneth Branagh's Thor, he had to pull out after production posed some scheduling conflicts with his TV series, Chuck. Josh Dallas ended up playing the role in the 2011 film. Ironically, by the time Thor: The Dark World was about to begin principal photography, Dallas was the one unable to continue because of his work with ABC's Once Upon A Time, paving the way for Levi's return. Unfortunately, his stint as the Asgardian warrior didn't last that long with all three members of the Warriors Three dying at the hands of Hela (Cate Blanchett) in Ragnarok.
Now that Levi has officially moved on from his time in the MCU and transitioned into the DCEU playing the titular hero in David F. Sandberg's Shazam!, the actor is opening up about his time with Marvel, including his dreams of a trilogy with the Warriors Three and Thor. Speaking with Empire as part of the outlet's feature on the upcoming DC film, Levi admits that the said trio weren't used to their full potential.
“I just don’t think those characters were quite utilized to the best of their abilities. Thor and the Warriors Three could have been a really cool little trilogy of team movies, and we didn’t really have that much impact. Particularly not in Ragnarok – I mean, I didn’t even have a line.”
While the Warriors Three was grossly underutilized as a team, Levi's Fandral had the most underwhelming death out of the trio. All of them had really bad deaths in Ragnarok, but compared to how Volstagg and Hogun went out, Fandral's death took place off-screen, with the actor sharing that his part was left on the editing room floor. Considering that the guys were supposed to be Thor's best buds, their demise was barely acknowledged in the film. That said, considering that the God of Thunder has gone through quite a roller coaster of events - from the time Odin passed away to his failed attempt to kill Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War - Thor didn't really have the time to mourn everything he's lost separately.
Frankly, there's a lot of missed opportunities in the Thor franchise. Aside from the Warriors Three, it also wasted Heimdall and Idris Elba. Considering that the character had one of the most unique power sets in the MCU, they could've better used him in other ways. With supporting MCU characters getting their own TV series in Disney Plus including Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Ragnarok may not be the last time fans will see Heimdall and Warriors Three. However, with Levi now playing a DC hero, if the team ever appears again in the small screen, it's likely that the actor won't be portraying the part.
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