Idris Elba has become a fairly big name in Hollywood in recent years, however, his part within one of films’ biggest series, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is still fairly small.
This is something the actor would like to change. While Elba hasn’t always had the nicest things to say about his work on the Thor films, he does admit that he wishes he had a larger presence within the MCU. According to Elba…
Idris Elba admits to Entertainment Weekly that he likes the fact that his role as Heimdall in the Thor films has been small, as it has allowed him to take other projects that he wants to do, but it seems that, at the same time, he would be more than happy to take on a bigger role if it were offered to him. He wishes he had a character that was a larger part of the MCU, which could mean he’d like to see Heimdall do more, but could also mean he’d be open to taking on an additional MCU character that had more to do.
Thus far, while we’ve seen the occasional recasting within the MCU, we have yet to say any significant actors take on more than one role. We’ve heard that Marvel isn’t entirely against the idea, so it could happen, but thus far everybody who has joined the MCU has stayed within their particular sphere.
The 45-year-old actor, who has three films coming out later this year — in addition to the third Thor installment, there’s the high-altitude Kate Winslet romance-adventure The Mountain Between Us (in theaters now) and Aaron Sorkin’s Oscar buzz-magnet Molly’s Game — says that unlike most people his age who complain about the ubiquity of superhero films, he loves the genre. “I’ve never felt that way,” he says. “Weirdly enough, I’ve got like the Peter Pan syndrome when it comes to the kinds of films I like.”
During a recent interview in London, where Elba’s finishing up the editing on Yardie, a gangster flick about Jamaican drug runners set in the ‘70s that marks his debut as a director, the actor says, “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.” But he continues: “The last one [Ragnarok] was fun. The others weren’t fun. They’re work. But on this one, Taika [Waititi, the director] was great.”
Elba pauses for a beat, weighing whether he should say what he wants to say next. Then he says it. “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.”