Loki and Heimdall aren’t the only Asgardians to unexpectedly have an appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. According to the cast list on IMDB, there are four more actors credited with the part of ‘Asgardian’, including one who even goes so far as to be named an ‘Asgardian God’.
- Alexander Gillison – Masked Asgardian
- Mark Haldor – Asgardian
- Diezel Ramos – Masked Asgardian
- Daniel Westwood – Asgardian God
It’s not difficult to assume they’ll be accompanying Heimdall, Loki and Thor in the scene Idris Elba let slip last week. Probably as guards of some sort. Right? But… Why has one of them been cast not just as an Asgardian or a Masked Asgardian, but as an Asgardian God.
And which God? Balder? Tyr?
Unless Clive Russell has been replaced, we can probably count out Tyr. Besides, while Tyr was a son of Odin and Asgardian God in his own right in both comic and Norse mythology, his role in Thor: The Dark World was reduced to captain of the Einherjar1)who were in turn reduced from being an army of dead warriors who waited in the feasting halls of Valhalla for the final battle of Ragnarok, to palace guards and general hum drum soldiers.
Balder is a character yet unseen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but one whose name is bound to grow some momentum as we draw closer to Thor: Ragnarok. In the mythology and comic-verse alike, Balder’s death plays a pivotal role in triggering Ragnarok after he unwittingly finds himself on the receiving end of an ancient prophesy – and a mistletoe arrow.
It’s not yet clear whether Balder will be included in the MCU’s adaption of Ragnarok at all. Certainly it could be difficult to explain to audiences how Thor and Loki have a sibling when the previous movies have quite clearly implied Thor is Odin’s only biological son2)But again, there’s a chance Balder won’t even be Thor’s brother if bought into the MCU. Look again at how they retconned Tyr..
Although the task of explaining Balder’s existence may well be slightly less daunting than that of explaining how Loki has a wolf for a son, if they decide to bring Fenris into Ragnarok.3)Though personally I hope they’ll do with Fenris as they did with Sleipnir in the first Thor film, and not explain parentage at all.
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|1.||↑||who were in turn reduced from being an army of dead warriors who waited in the feasting halls of Valhalla for the final battle of Ragnarok, to palace guards and general hum drum soldiers|
|2.||↑||But again, there’s a chance Balder won’t even be Thor’s brother if bought into the MCU. Look again at how they retconned Tyr.|
|3.||↑||Though personally I hope they’ll do with Fenris as they did with Sleipnir in the first Thor film, and not explain parentage at all.|