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Idris Elba Is Back As Heimdall For Thor 2, Says We’ll Learn More About The Asgardians



You’ll be able to see Idris Elba very soon in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, but the British actor recently dropped some hints on Marvel Studios’ Thor 2. Namely that he’ll be back to take up Heimdall’s mantle in the film. But as much as we love Elba, what we’d like to know is, will there be more Sif? 

The Luther actor told Collider he is definitely back for Thor 2. Although he hasn’t read a script yet, he’s seen an outline. “My schedule is really packed, but I’m going to do Thor after I play [Nelson] Mandela,” he said, mentioning the upcoming film Long Walk To Freedom. Empire Online also mentions, “The other films on Elba’s packed slate this year are Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and kidnap thriller No Good Deed.”

“I’d just like to get to know him a bit more,” said Elba. “Who is Heimdall? He guards the gate. Okay. Is there anything else? I don’t know what is in the script because I haven’t read it yet. But, the audience has responded to Asgard and wants to know more about who lives there and what it’s about. I’m sure, if they do that, Heimdall will be featured more.”

Elba told MTV News he recently went in for a costume fitting and is really excited about getting started. He also talked with them about where the film will delve deeper.

“What’s more involved is who the Asgardians are. I think we’ll see a sense of that,” he told them. “It’s a huge film, Thor 2, but I also think it’s micro in a way that you start to look at people, who they are a little bit more.”

Sif and the Warriors Three were one of the best parts of Thor. I was disappointed we didn’t get more of them but if what Elba says is true, we could learn a lot about those daring Asgardians. (By the way, if you liked Sif you should check out writer Kelly Sue Deconnick’s Sif one-shot from Marvel.)

Prometheus hits theaters June 1, Thor 2, November 15, 2013.

(via Empire, MTV)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."