Award-winning "Game of Thrones" actor, Peter Dinklage, is apparently going to be appearing in the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War." What is not yet known, however, is exactly what role he will be playing in the film.
Dinklage is an acclaimed actor with a great deal of range, so he could play a number of roles. In addition, he has such an excellent voice that he could easily be doing a voice for the upcoming film, especially as the movie is set to have a much larger, more cosmic scope. As we have seen with Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise, and Josh Brolin in a number of films, Marvel is not shy about enlisting A-List actors to provide the voices of major cosmic characters. With that in mind, here are 15 comic book characters that we could see as possibilities for Dinklage in the film.
M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) is a classic Captain America villain created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. What's interesting about him is that since he is such a fantastical creature (literally a giant floating head), he did not really fit in well with the tone of the first couple of "Captain America" films, which used a more realistic, spy-oriented vibe. Now that the films are going to be more cosmic in scope, a character like M.O.D.O.K. would not stand out quite so much (after all, there will be a talking raccoon in the film and a talking tree).
“I love MODOK and I think you could make a terrifying movie with MODOK but nobody seems to be on my side at the moment… I will win you over to Peter Dinklage as MODOK. If he came around the corner and you saw him floating there you would be terrified. It would be amazing.”
So you would certainly, as we have done, have to place M.O.D.O.K. somewhere on the list of possibilities.
A real possibility is Dinklage playing a role similar to that of Martin Freeman in "Captain America: Civil War." Freeman, of course, played a character named after the comic book character Everett Ross, but really was playing a brand-new character who just had that name (a common enough occurrence in film adaptations of comics). With that in mind, Dinklage could take on a major role as just, say, the head of Advanced Ideas Mechanics (otherwise known as A.I.M., the group that created M.O.D.O.K.).
Andrew Forson is their Scientist Supreme, but really it would be more about the role than the character himself; while Forson is a good character, a film adaptation of him would pretty much just be "the guy in charge of A.I.M." So, instead of Andrew Forson, the character could be a brand-new A.I.M. scientist, but it would serve the same purpose. In fact, Dinklage could do a double shift as Forson, who would lend his likeness or brain patterns to create M.O.D.O.K. It would not be surprising to see A.I.M. having access to an Infinity Stone, as well.
During his run on "Warlock," writer/artist Jim Starlin did an amazing job creating a great supporting cast for Adam Warlock pretty much out of thin air. One of the characters Starlin created as a Warlock cast member was Gamora, the deadliest woman in the universe. She, of course, is a major character in "Guardians of the Galaxy." The other most important Adam Warlock supporting cast members was Pip the Troll: a gruff, hard-drinking, but ultimately endearing friend to Warlock.
As we have seen for years on "Game of Thrones" as Tyrion Lannister, Dinklage can certainly portray an outlandish, but ultimately endearing character who loves to drink. Also, of course, Dinklage was specifically cast as Tyrion because of his height, and that would be key to the portrayal of Pip, as well. This would depend on Adam Warlock appearing in the film, though, which is still unclear at the moment if it will happen. There are, after all, dozens of characters in the film already.
One of the major points that Marvel is stressing in "Infinity War" is that it will be a major cosmic event. This is going to be a very big deal. Therefore, when you look at the Marvel Universe and ask yourself, "What happens in major cosmic events?" one of the things that always happens is that the Watcher shows up. Each universe is monitored by a being known as a Watcher, with the main Marvel Universe being monitored by the one they call Uatu.
Watchers show up to observe every major cosmic event, but they are not allowed to interfere with them. Uatu, of course, always ends up interfering. Honestly, if you take a scientific approach to things, simply letting people know that they are being observed is, in and of itself, interfering with things. That all notwithstanding, Uatu would be a must-have character for "Infinity War." The only problem is that since Uatu was created in the pages of "Fantastic Four," his movie rights almost certainly belong to Fox, not Marvel. Perhaps they will cut a deal, though, like the one that allowed Marvel access to Ego the Living Planet for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2."
Up until very recently, the thought of a demonic character like Mephisto playing a role in a major Marvel superhero film would have seemed extremely unlikely. However, with both the success of "Doctor Strange" and the news that the good doctor will be crossing over into the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with "Thor: Ragnarok," it opens things up dramatically.
In addition, when you think of a character who would connect to both Doctor Strange and Thanos, Mephisto stands out well, due to his significant role in "Infinity Gauntlet" as Thanos' slimy consigliere. Thanos is going to have to have someone with him at his side, and Mephisto would be an intriguing choice (he'd be all CGI, of course). Taking it a step further, despite being a demonic character, Mephisto's debut came in a cosmic comic book -- Stan Lee and John Buscema's "Silver Surfer" -- so he clearly can work on the cosmic scale.
Speaking of that intersection between "Doctor Strange" and the cosmic, the character of Eternity -- i.e., the cosmic embodiment of time and space itself -- made his debut in a famous Steve Ditko "Doctor Strange" storyline before then becoming a part of the larger Marvel cosmic landscape. Eternity typically takes on a command position in Marvel's informal collection of cosmic beings. When something goes awry, it is typically Eternity who brings the band together, as it were.
Eternity is one of the most powerful beings in the universe, but by the same token, it tends to be headstrong and prone to rash decisions. This has led the universe into some ill-advised situations over the years, as Eternity seems to constantly end up getting captured by villainous forces. With Thanos in the films collecting the Infinity Stones, you can be sure that Eternity would be highly interested in seeing that things don't get out of hand.
When things invariably do get out of hand, the seemingly final say in the Marvel Universe is the cosmic being known as the Living Tribunal. The Tribunal serves as the judge of the universe, and also as the guardian of the Multiverse in general, which is why the Beyonders sought to destroy the cosmic being in the stories leading up to Marvel's most recent "Secret Wars" event. The Living Tribunal is so powerful that when it decided that the Infinity Gems (AKA, the Infinity Stones in the movies) could not be combined and used as the Infinity Gauntlet, it happened just as the Tribunal commanded.
When Eternity draws all of the cosmic entities together, it typically is so that Eternity can present a case to the Living Tribunal, acting as a sort of prosecutor to the Tribunal's judge and demanding he take action one way or another. Dinklage could really do a strong, solemn Tribunal, if that was asked of him.
The counter-balancing cosmic beings known as Lord Order and Master Chaos first showed up in the final work of Jim Starlin's initial cosmic work at Marvel, "Final Threat," which ended with the deaths of Adam Warlock, Pip the Troll, Gamora and Thanos (don't worry, they all got better). They conspired to affect Spider-Man so much that he would head into outer space with the Thing to rescue the Avengers and stop Thanos from destroying the Milky Way.
They continually interfere to push their agendas, although ultimately they answer to Eternity's commands. The dual head look that they rock would be a really fun exercise for an actor, particularly if they play both parts (what actor wouldn't want to play opposite him or herself?). When they want more direct action, they have a being called the In-Betweener, who serves them. That character would also be a theoretical role for Dinklage, but it seems unlikely that he would play the servant of a cosmic being rather than the cosmic beings themselves.
An interesting continuation from the stories of "Guardians of the Galaxy," and thus, a good way to connect their story to that of the Avengers, would be to introduced the Supreme Intelligence into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the first "Guardians" film, they fought Ronan the Accuser, who was a member of the Kree. The Supreme Intelligence is the cybernetic/organic computer head of the Kree people. By head, we don't always mean that he is the literal ruler of the people, as he most often acts in secret, behind-the-scenes. He was a main motivator of both the Kree/Skrull War and the Kree/Shi'Ar War.
Famously, during "Operation: Galactic Storm," he manipulated events so that the Shi'ar would create a devastating bomb that he then had stolen and detonated on his own planet, as he saw his race dying out and knew that the detonation of the bomb, while killing billions, would also mutate a certain number of survivors and make them stronger. That's the kind of underhanded deception that Dinklage has played well for years on "Game of Thrones," albeit there with just a touch more altruism.
It appears likely that, just like how "Captain America: Civil War" was used to introduce Black Panther ahead of his own upcoming film, so too will "Avengers: Infinity War" serve as an introduction for Carol Danvers before she gets her own "Captain Marvel" movie. She likely will become Captain Marvel during the "Avengers" films, so there is a strong case to be made that Eon should be introduced in the films now, as well.
Eon is the offspring of Eternity and Infinity, and he has served as protector of the life energy of the universe for billions of years. It was Eon who took Captain Mar-Vell from his point of "just" being a cosmic hero to becoming the Protector of the Universe. He granted Captain Marvel "cosmic awareness" to help him in this task. Therefore, it seems very possible that Eon could be introduced, by playing that same role with the new Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, in the upcoming "Avengers" films. Eon later named Quasar Protector of the Universe following Captain Mar-Vell's untimely death. With Quasar, Eon also supplied powerful "quantum bands" (Captain Mar-Vell had his own powerful weapons, so he didn't need the bands). All of this makes for a rich potential of Marvel movie mythos.
With Thanos taking center stage in "Avengers: Infinity War," it is only natural that we are introduced to his father. Mentor was the head of Titan, the moon of Saturn that served as the home base for a sub-group of Eternals who had colonized it many years ago. He had two sons, Eros, who later became the Avenger known as Starfox, and Thanos, who killed Mentor's wife, Thanos' mother, very early on.
One of the interesting aspects here is that Thanos is a mutant, so he was born much larger than Mentor and Starfox, and it would not be out of the question for Mentor to be played by Dinklage, as Mentor's height is not important to his characterization. Dinklage would do a good job carrying the gravitas that would go well with a ruler resigned to the fact that his own son has become one of the vilest creatures in the universe.
Since Thanos will obviously be pursuing the Infinity Stones in "Avengers: Infinity War," it would make some sense to introduce more of the Elders of the Universe. The Elders of the Universe are a group of inter-connected cosmic beings, each the sole survivor of a long-lost planet and each with their own special interest. In the classic mini-series, "Thanos Quest," which led directly into "Infinity Gauntlet," Thanos had to defeat a number of Elders to collect all of the Infinity Gems that were in their respective possessions.
Of the Elders present in that miniseries, the two most famous ones, Collector and Grandmaster, will both be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by the time "Avengers: Infinity War" comes out, so it only makes sense for another Elder, the plant-loving Gardener, to make an appearance, as well. The Gardener was distinctive in his lack of interest in violence, which the other Elders never shrunk from. Dinklage could easily play the Gardener, and he has even shown that he can grow one hell of a beard.
As noted earlier, if Thanos is going to play a prominent role in "Avengers: Infinity War," then he almost certainly is going to have people working under him. We've already seen in "Guardians of the Galaxy" that Thanos is keen on having lieutenants serve him. During his run on "Avengers," writer Jonathan Hickman introduced an entire group of under-generals that served Thanos called the Black Order.
While Dinklage could theoretically play any one of the male members of the Black Order, including Corvus Glaive, Black Dwarf and Supergiant (some would require more CGI than others), the member of the group that he would do the best job on would definitely be Ebony Maw, who is the brilliant and manipulative member of the group (and, unsurprisingly, one of the few who has managed to avoid being killed so far). After years of playing a similar character on "Game of Thrones" (though again, with a much more altruistic bent to his methods and machinations), Dinklage could play Ebony Maw in his sleep (although that would be a strange artistic choice).
A real wild card for the film would be if they added the Beyonder to the story, though his inclusion would feasibly escalate things beyond the Infinity Gauntlet, at least in terms of scope. The Beyonder was introduced in the original "Secret Wars" as a mysterious being who pulled a group of heroes and villains to a mysterious planet and made them fight each other for his amusement. However, the character is probably best known for the sequel miniseries, "Secret Wars II," which saw the cosmic entity come to Earth and create a body for itself inspired by the bodies of Captain America and Michael Jackson (hilarious but true). Beyonder then tried to learn what it meant to be human.
After "Secret Wars II," the Beyonder fell by the wayside as a character, although Jonathan Hickman re-visited the idea of the Beyonder (and the Beyonders) in the stories leading up to 2015's "Secret Wars." It is unlikely that Marvel would want to go into great depth with the Beyonder in "Avengers: Infinity War," but perhaps introducing Dinklage as, say, an aspect of the Beyonder could set up future story ideas. Just imagine the original "Secret Wars" done as a film!
The biggest wild card, though, is if Dinklage, in "Avengers: Infinity War," was playing a role well-known to fans of comic book movies: that of Bolivar Trask... from "X-Men: Days of Future Past!" In that film, he was a brilliant inventor who determined the existence of mutants and then began experimenting on them and using his studies to create the mutant-hunting Sentinels.
He seemed to honestly believe that he was helping the world by uniting all of mankind against mutants, but he also experimented on people, so he was obviously deranged. Thanks to the time-traveling efforts of Wolverine, his Senitnel program was discredited and junked, avoiding the dystopic future of "Days of Future Past." He would be an old man in the timeline of "Avengers: Infinity War," plus his presence would require the help of Fox, so it is almost certainly not going to happen. However, it would be super interesting to see if Fox might want to do it as a sort of symbolic olive branch between the two studios. Just think of all the money they could make...
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