*This article contains spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder.*
Of all the actors cast early on in the establishment of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Idris Elba was easily the most valuable and most underutilized. In case you may have forgotten – because his role was so small – Elba plays Heimdall, an Asgardian associate of Thor in all of the character’s solo films. Although all of the sequels tried to do more with his character, his death at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Endgame squashed any hopes that the actor could be a pivotal player in the future of the MCU…or so we thought.
While doing press for his latest film Beast, Elba spoke briefly about a potential return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Syfy. More specifically, he said, “Heimdall is a beloved character, I love playing him. There may be something cooking.”
When pressed about what the “something” could be, Elba added that he “didn’t know” and that even if he did he probably wouldn’t share.
Now, the latest Thor film, Thor: Love and Thunder establishes that the character is in Valhalla, the Asgardian afterlife for warriors who lose their lives in battle. In the film’s post-credit scene, he’s actually seen welcoming Jane Foster there, after she dies helping Thor kill Gorr the God Butcher.
Could it be a tease for a potential project set in Valhalla? Perhaps. Even though it’s established that the only way to get to Valhalla is to die, there have been instances in the comics where characters could still travel there.
Personally, I think Marvel would be foolish not to bring Elba back in some capacity. Even before he was headling films like The Suicide Squad and Sonic, he was a certifiable movie star. The fact that they’ve ignored it for so long is such a big loss. The bottom line? A Heimdall solo project might not sound exciting, but given his strength and abilities, I think Marvel could come up with a good story. After all, look at what they did with Loki.
What do you think that “something cooking” Elba mentioned could be? Sound off below!
Both Beast and Thor: Love and Thunder are in theaters now!