A Long-Time Marvel Actor Confirms His Character Won’t Be Returning

by : Julia Banim on : 07 May 2018 19:57

Warning: Avengers: Infinity War Spoilers

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Many Marvel fans are still in firm denial about certain catastrophic events in Avengers: Infinity War; unable to believe so many of their favourite heroes have been lost to the forces of evil.

There’s a heck of a lot of fictional grief to work through and the Marvel Cinematic Universe will never be quite the same again.

All great things must come to an end, but for many, there’s just been too many endings to take. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust and all that (cries hysterically).

Well it seems one actor is just as emotional as his traumatised fans following his character’s demise…

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Now, it’s fair to say Idris Elba hasn’t always had a lot of love for his character, Asgardian gatekeeper, Heimdall, and at times, has even appeared to resent his time spent in the Marvel Universe.

Speaking with The Telegraph back in 2014, the 45-year-old actor described working on Marvel films as being ‘torture:’

I’d just done eight months in South Africa [filming ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’]. I came to England and the day I came back I had to do reshoots on Thor 2.

And in the actual scene my hair was different, my…[sighs]. I was like, ‘This is torture, man. I don’t want to do this.’ My agent said: ‘You have to, it’s part of the deal.’

I’m actually falling down from a spaceship, so they had to put me in harness in this green-screen studio. And in between takes I was stuck there, fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this f-cking helmet, while they reset.

And I’m thinking: ’24 hours ago, I was Mandela’…I was literally walking in this man’s boots. [Within] six months, the crew, we were all so in love with this film we had made. I was Mandela, practically.

Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.

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However, fast forward to 2017, and Elba admitted to Entertainment Weekly how he wished he’d been given a bigger role to play in the ‘Marvel family:’

I wish I was more present in the Marvel family. I like what I have, but I also wish that I had a bigger character in the Marvel universe.


It’s been great, but I kinda think I need a bit more. I want to be a superhero. I like the idea of that.

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Nowadays, it seems Elba has real affection for the all-seeing Heimdall and is sad to be putting those cool contact lenses back in the bathroom cupboard.

Elba tweeted a pic of the honourable warrior, along with the sniffle-inducing caption:

#SpoilerAlert Gonna miss my guy…Heimdall…

His gutted fans rushed to show encouragement, raising a tearful toast to The Watcher of Worlds.

One grateful person said:

You were awesome…I love your performances…thank you.

Another applauded:

You were fantastic in that role, as is the case with basically everything I’ve seen you in. Keep it up, my dude!


To paraphrase Joni Mitchell: Don’t it always seem to go. That you don’t know what you’ve got ’till they’ve been impaled and murdered by a titan…

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

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The Telegraph and 1 other
  1. The Telegraph

    Idris Elba interview: Marvel movies are 'torture'

  2. Entertainment Weekly

    Idris Elba wants a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe