With Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 officially entering production tomorrow, it’s time we turn our attention to the next two films in the pipeline: Thor: Ragnarok and the still untitled Spider-Man reboot. While things have been relatively quiet on the Spider-Man news front since the casting of Marisa Tomei as Aunt May back in July, that hasn’t been the case for the upcoming third Thor installment. We know that Mark Ruffalo will be bringing the Hulk to the film, and it’s seemingly confirmed that Cate Blanchett will be tackling the role of Hela. We also know that a few key players from the prior two films – such as Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) – will be returning, and now it appears as though we can add Idris Elba‘s Heimdall to the returning cast.
Spoiler Warning: Now, here’s where the spoilers kick in. If you’re trying to avoid spoiling yourself on Thor: Ragnarok, I highly suggest you stop reading at this point as there may be potential spoilers below.
According to the folks over at Latino-Review, who have a decent track record when it comes to Marvel scoops, it appears as though Heimdall will be playing a larger role in Ragnarok, although it’s one that may displease plenty of fans.
According to LR’s sources about the developing THOR: RAGNAROK story, Hela will take Asgard and, Thor attempts to stop her. Hela lays the smackdown on the God of Thunder, destroying his hammer and straight up murdering Thor’s friend Heimdall (Idris Elba).
While fans of Elba, who have been eager to see the MCU make more use of the actor, may find this piece of information unsettling, it is however worth noting that the MCU doesn’t have the best track record of keeping their dead characters dead. Meaning there’s a good chance that we Heimdall eventually reappear one way or another which appears to be case according to LR.
Thor and audiences probably won’t take Heimdall’s death well, as it happens earlier than you’d expect. But don’t worry, Elba won’t bow out of the MCU so easily. The final showdown with Hela will feature an army of the dead commanded by the villainess doing battle with good Valkyries from Valhalla and the souls of the righteous fallen, including Heimdall.
With all the heated industry-wide discussions about diversity going on nowadays and not to mention rumors of a person of color possibly dying in this year’s Captain America: Civil War, killing off the Thor franchise’s most notable person of color might not be the easiest thing to pull off, as enticing as that third act description sounds. Nonetheless, the death of someone as significant as Heimdall would no doubt raise some much needed stakes for Phase 3 of the MCU.
Thor: Ragnarok is set to hit to theaters on November 2017.