Many people were first exposed to Idris Elba by means of the first two Thor movies (along with a cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron), and since the Marvel Cinematic Universe started, his career has taken off. Now, following the completion of Thor: Ragnarok, Elba apparently wants his role in the setting to increase proportionally to his rise to stardom.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Idris Elba first stated that he likes being a part of Marvel’s movies in a supporting capacity because it gives him opportunities to do other work in acting – and directing, as he’s working on his directorial debut with Yardie – while being part of a major franchise. In addition, he praised director Taika Waititi for making the third Thor movie the most fun to act for:
“I like that I have a little part in Thor. I’m neither movie star or day player. It allows me to do other things I love. [Thor: Ragnarok] was fun. The other [Thor movies] weren’t fun. They’re work. But on this one, Taika [Waititi, the director] was great.”
Though he stated that he’s good with a limited role, Idris Elba is interested in getting a bigger part in the future – whether he’s playing Heimdall again or not:
“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.”
Heimdall is fairly popular with fans in spite of having limited screentime in the Thor movies, but it’s understandable if Idris Elba wanted to play a different character altogether. His talents would likely be well-suited for a Black Panther sequel, for instance.
In addition, Entertainment Weekly revealed an exclusive new image of Idris Elba’s Heimdall as he appears in Thor: Ragnarok, sans his armor:
Thor: Ragnarok collides on November 3, 2017 with a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, Mark Ruffalo as Doctor Bruce Banner (The Hulk), Tesssa Thompson as Valkyrie, Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin Borson, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Karl Urban as Skurge, Jeff Goldblum as En Dwi Gast (The Grandmaster), Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson, Cate Blanchett as Hela, and Clancy Brown as Sutur.
Source: Entertainment Weekly