As we approach the the climactic chapters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have to accept that some characters are going to do. We recently got news of some major characters being killed in Captain America: Civil War and it looks as though Thor: Ragnarok will follow suit.
Potential spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok ahead!
Rumour has it that fan-favourite character Heimdall (played by Idris Elba) will perish in circumstances currently unknown. This rumour comes from Latino Review (via Squareeyed), who claim that they have been contacted by a source who knows the story for Thor: Ragnarok. According to that source, the main villain, potentially played by Cate Blanchett, will lead an attack on Asgard and this will result in the destruction of Thor’s Hammer, while also killing Heimdall.
Apparently, his death will take place near the beginning of the film, but it may not be the last time we seem him on the screen. The film is said to include a massive battle sequence between two armies of dead spirits so it’s more than likely Heimdall will re-appear in that form.
It’s of course pretty upsetting to think that Elba’s beloved character will die but, considering that the actor is moving on to some pretty big things at the moment with starring roles coming up in The Jungle Book, Star Trek Beyond and potentially The Dark Tower, it may be something of a relief that he will no longer feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With this news and the looming spectre of a major character dying in Civil War, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist that Marvel’s Phase 3 will have some of the darkest moments we’ve seen in the superhero movie genre.