Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi brought only plenty of villains for the God of Thunder’s third cinematic outing. In addition to Cate Blanchett’s Hela, there’s Karl Urban’s Skurge the Executioner, Clancy Brown’s Surtur the Fire Demon, and Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. But there was one villain that nearly joined that illustrious lineup before being cut form the script.
While playing a game of “IKEA furniture or Thor Villain?” with Tessa Thompson and Tom Hiddleston, Waititi revealed that Perrikus was at one point planned to be in the film, though he obviously didn’t say in what capacity.
Originally created by Dan Jurgens and John Romita, Jr., Perrikus first appeared in a Thor comic in 1998 as a Dark God, one of a number of evil opposites of Marvel’s Norse gods we’ve come to know and love. Thor accidentally released him from his prison, reuniting him with the other Dark Gods to kidnap Odin and take control of Asgard. He was eventually stopped, but he did manage to slice Thor’s hammer Mjolnir in half before Thor and Hercules used the Asgardian Destroyer to beat the Dark Gods.
The last time Perrikus was spotted in a Marvel comic was in 2002, after Thor cut off his right arm, forcing him and fellow Dark God Adva to retreat. His inclusion in Ragnarok would’ve certainly been a deep continuity cut, that’s for certain.
Arriving in theaters on Nov. 3, Thor Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.
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