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Thor Movie: New Heimdall Photo

Actor Idris Elba stands watch over Asgard as Heimdall in this new photo from 'Thor'

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Idris Elba as Heimdall from Thor
When "Thor" hits theaters on May 6, actor Idris Elba will stand watch over the halls of Asgard as Heimdall, guardian of the rainbow bridge Bifrost!

Check out this new image of Elba as Asgard's unwavering gatekeeper, and mark your calendars for May 6 when you can see more of him in action in "Thor"!

But until then, why not watch the film's second trailer one more time right here for even more glimpses of Elba as Heimdall?



And for even more info on "Thor," head over to the film's official teaser site and our "Thor" movie page!

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the epic adventure "Thor" spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

"Thor" is from a screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Don Payne and a story by J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige will produce the film. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Marvel Studio’s Co-President, Louis D'Esposito, will executive produce.

In addition to "Thor,"
Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Captain America: The First Avenger" on July 22, 2011; "Marvel Studios' The Avengers" on May 4, 2012; and "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013.

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corvair66
corvair66

yea i agree with HomieG89.. these advertisements got to go.. Marvel.

TheRealEverton
TheRealEverton member

DazzOneThanks. I\'m looking forward to this one.

hengfa
hengfa

I\'m glad he is black. If the Norse gods are REALLY gods, and they are the creators according to their own myths, then they made everybody. It\'s not really relevant than what some groups of worshippers believe about them. It\'s like when people in China depict Buddha as being ethnically Chinese, or Christians with a blonde blue eyed Jesus. people adapt images to suit their own cultural preferences.

HomieG89
HomieG89

i really like to read the comments other people leave on the topics, but these advertisements are annoying as hell. seriously, if there is a way for marvel to block these can we do it?

DazzOne
DazzOne

Therealeverton, great points!!!!

trellan
trellan

OH FOR CRYIN' OUT LOUD YOU SCUMBAGS!!!! THIS SECTION IS CLEARLY MARKED COMMENTS! If you want to advertise, do it appropriately. This is obviously a new form of spam, and I for will report your (insert expletive of your choice) for it.

TheRealEverton
TheRealEverton member

Reposted from another thread.....Well his comment being deleted would speak to Marvel thinking it was at least a marginally offensive comment if not a racist one.More to the point I always wonder how people that are so intolerant can actually be Marvel fans and read the same comics that are all about tolerance, getting along and doing the right thingAs for Heimdall, for crying out loud, Historical accuracy? Thor can fly, has no red beard, doesn't have 100s of children with 100s of women (an exaggeration I know). Do these people even read Thor? Heard of The Warriors Three? Then you know Hogun? Not exactly an Aryan god is he? He isn't meant to be, why is he ok but not Elba? In Marvel the Norse gods are long lived aliens (although technically they may have originated on Earth long before us), so they could be any colour. The idea that you can make a film with aliens using Arthur C Clarke tech (as in any technology, significantly advanced is indistinguishable from magic.) and a "magic" Hammer, where somewhere else on the planet is a guy who gains a ton of mass and turns green whenever he gets angry; AND there's a guy frozen in Ice since WWII who was given the pinnacle of human strength and endurance by some super steroids in the 1940s; AND another guy who made a suit of armour that flies and has energy based weaponry, and can compact to the size of a (large) briefcase; AND a guy who is good at shooting arrows is a superhero / S.H.I.E.L.D agent, as is Black Widow, and apparently Maria Hill (ALL WHITE); AND potentially they will all team up in a year's time to fight of an ALIEN invasion, from shape shifting aliens no less; AND with ALL of that the problem, the one thing that's holding you back from willing suspension of disbelief is that some of the Asgardian aliens / gods ARE BLACK!?!?! That's the deal breaker? That’s what is stopping you from trembling with excitement that another of our favourite Marvel heroes, perhaps the most difficult to realise after Capt. America, is getting the big screen, full budget treatment? That there are black people in Asgard? That one of them, who happens to be one of the best actors around, is a black guy? I'm tempted to say grow up, but it belittles the point I'm trying to make here.Here's another one for you. Marvel, man I love Marvel. One of the reasons may be that growing up reading their comics I saw black people, and people of all races everywhere. In the background, all over the daily Bugle, and as heroes, Black Panther, Iron Man, War Machine, Power Man, Blade, Captain Marvel, Storm, Forge, Bishop; and in Ultimate land we have Nick "coolest spy in the universe" Fury too. Many other comic houses could barely manage non white people standing on street corners; unless they were committing some kind of crime. Even so I'm sure that could Stan Lee &Co go back in time, or more importantly if they were even freer to do what they wanted than they seemed to be, there may well have been even more black super heroes at Marvel.So here's an incomplete look at The Avengers:-Thor White (technically not even human, but looks white)Iron Man WhiteCaptain America White Hulk / Banner Green / WhiteBlack Widow WhiteHawkeye WhiteWar Machine Black (May not even be in the movie)Nick Fury Black (People still moan about Ultimate Fury too!)Maria Hill White (May not be Hill but Cobie is White so...)Loki White (again technically alien but.....) So the 9 or 10 major players we know are in the film consist of 7 or 8 white people and 1 or 2 black people. There are also only 2 females out of 9 or 10. No Asian character, no far Eastern characters (Chinese etc). Now I’m not pointing this out to cry over a lack of some random PC quota algorithm to make sure all movies have 33% or more female characters, and 45% or more non white; I know the Avengers and I know that, even excepting the lesser S.H.I.E.L.D characters etc, over the course of at least 3 films we’re going to see a massive diversity of Marvel heroes in The Avengers, from Black Panther & Wasp to who knows who else. I’m not worried about that at all. No. I point this out to say even with all this, with so many of these roles played by white guys and supported by so many white women (We’ve have Jim Rhodes / War Machine in 2 Iron Man films and NOTHING else) some white guys still feel the need to complain when the relatively small, if important, role of Heimdall goes to a black guy. Enough is never enough for some people is it?More to the point the casting is nothing to do with PC. You’re insulting Kenneth Branagh by even suggesting such a thing. Branagh casts by talent and suitability to the role. He wanted to work with Elba, a fellow Brit who is considered one of the finest actors on the planet, so he asked him if he would be happy to take the small, but important part. As Branagh is an actor respected by other actors Elba jumped at the chance to work with him. (Although he may inadvertently have ruined his chances of playing the Black Panther!) It isn’t PC anymore than? Branagh casting Denzel Washington in Much Ado About Nothing was. He wanted to work with a great actor who was perfect for the part. Theatre actors tend not to see colour as traditionally anyone could play any character, no matter the race and historically no matter the size or sex either.Come on people; let’s get some of the Marvel spirit here!

TheRealEverton
TheRealEverton member

As far as I know Red Skull IS a Nazi in Captain America; just because he is also in / ends up in Hydra doesn't mean he doesn't start off with the lovely Nazis. If you guys are such big Thor fans, (I have trouble understanding how anyone who is a true Marvel fan could be so intolerant and / or racist.), do you not remember Hogun from the Warriors 3, who is effectively a Mongol in appearance. Also the Asgardian are Aliens (from Earth maybe but aliens effectively) so why should they all be of one colour? The Black Panther analogy is asinine. Even if we were to accept that all things were equal, which they are not, then replacing Panther, THE MAIN CHARACTER, with someone of another race would not be the same as changing the race of a support character (however important) like Heimdall. Change the high priest maybe and you have an equivalent analogy. But of course all thing s are NOT equal. Various economic and political pressures made the creating of major characters that were not white and often not men either, difficult, even for a risk taking company like Marvel. There's every chance that had the world been as it is now, when so Many Marvel characters were created in the early 60s , maybe Spidey would be black, Sue and Johnny storm Korean or Hispanic (Still not 100% sure what that classification is for?). So there is, even at Marvel a case to say that some characters have a small or nonexistent diversity, not just because the main hero is white, but because a lot of his support characters are also white. So the question is, when Marvel have had no problem creating non white characters, changing the race of some in other versions, Ultimate Nick Fury, and a worldwide respected actor / director like Kenneth Branagh cast for talent and who he wants to work with NOT colour; why do you have such a big problem with it? With the Asgardian having the same diversity as us?Oh and as to Captain America, it isn't so simple about him being black. There is a big argument for it, especially as Tarrantino killed Hitler in a WWII movie and this is a comic book where Hydra are also planning word domination, alongside the Axis powers; therefore the actual fact that there was still (shamefully) segregation in the US military during WWII doesn't have to be the stumbling block you'd think it would be. Add to this the real life facts; it was Jessie Owens being black that so brilliantly showed up Hitler's Master race ideology as nonsense. Outside of him being a black Jewish person what better answer to Nazism than a Black Captain America? Of course Americans, enough of them at any rate, wouldn't have been so keen to get behind the propaganda of a black face for American ideals at the time. But it is not as ridiculous as some people seem to think.

TheRealEverton
TheRealEverton member

Go to the official website, at the bottom right hand corner there are some flags. Click there and you'll get all the release dates you need. Britain is the 27th and I'm waiting to book my IMAX tickets as soon as they go on sale!

TheReaper13g
TheReaper13g

What's the release date for Europe? Looking forward to these movies.

mingeea1
mingeea1

Can't wait to see Heimdall fight Thor during the movie it's going to be tight. And yes I'm taking a guess that those two fight during the movie and I hope Heimdall whoops Thor's blonde butt

samson610
samson610 member

The armor looks awesome, but isn't even closely accurate to the comics at all. If that dosent matter when talking about accuracy, why should race?

greenlucario
greenlucario

That armor is sweet, hope he plays the part well, i'm not familiar w/ any of his work. Hoping for a performance like Duncan's kingpin that just makes u forget the artistic licensing.

_Shola
_Shola

You kids are funny. Gylenhaal plays a persian, kingsley plays gandhi, the movie 21 was whitewashed even though the ppl that the story was based off of were all asian, a wht guy plays jesus, liz taylor was cleopatra and despite all of this you are pissed because a blk guy is playing a character from a comic book which itself is only loosely based off of norse mythos? Do u not see why that is insanely stupid? Look ur racist, everyone knows it, dont try to back it up with reasoning because it only makes u look stupid.

Squeaky
Squeaky

Heimdall looks awesome!, His suit is bad@$$! The debate a bout race is stupid cause they're aliens in the movie, the debate about Norse Mythology is stupid cause they're comic book characters. I can't remember the purist being up in arms cause in How to train your dragon the Vikings had all Scottish accents??? Oh yeah it's a cartoon and guess what this is a comic... The only people who have a problem have a deep seeded problem with race because as in any Marvel "other world" stories they change up everything and the stories remain awesome, Age of Apocalypse, Old man Logan, Days of Futures Past... plus different continuities, 616, earth X, ultimate now... Movieverse!

DazzOne
DazzOne

That's all good and all but Thor the comic book character has little to do with Thor the Myth. Thor in the myths is a redhead who rides around on a chariot driven by flying goats. Where in the Marvel universe he is a blonde that flings his hammer to fly. Why would a pre-Germanic god speak in King James English??? The Marvel Thor is the broad translation of those myths into a super hero world, and in no way slavishly devoted to the "original" myths- and as such the movie has no reason to be. So in other words if this movie were based on the actual myths you may have a point, but its not so you don't.

ranger218
ranger218

there is a key point that everyone seems to be missing. Asgardians are humanoid aliens who pose as gods to the norse, not as actual norsemen. So the fact that there is a black Asgardian isn't an issue. Heimdall's lineage has nothing to do with ANY human on earth, so yes. he CAN be black.

SamusG
SamusG

would like to see the reaction of casting Justin Timberlake or Justin Beaver as the Black Panther...hollywood and marvel are such bitches...oh and don't forget the red skull is not nazi this time...yey..

stevefantastic
stevefantastic

I know, right? -- This makes about as much sense as casting Martin Luther King, Jr. as a Scandinavian in a movie about his life. -- This is the sort of decision-making that shows only one thing: poor taste!

thorschariot
thorschariot

why did they have to go out of their way to be "diverse" in this movie? these are NORSE gods. when was the last time you saw a Black Viking?