Mel Gibson Turned Down the Role of Odin in the MCU's Thor

Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 5:57PM
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Thor
Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 5:57PM
Mel Gibson Turned Down the Role of Odin in the MCU's Thor
Mel Gibson is certainly a name that draws attention, and without a doubt, to have his name headlining a superhero film would definitely give the film in question a certain amount of star power and appeal. Though Gibson has still yet to don a cape or cowl, that doesn't mean that he hasn't been given the chance to.

Recently, the Guardian did an interview with Gibson, in which he revealed that he was once approached about playing in a certain comic book movie. Here's what he had to say:

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Yeah, long time ago, to play Thor's dad. But I didn't do it.
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Of course, the role of Thor's dad, Odin, ended up going to Anthony Hopkins, and honestly, it's hard to imagine anyone else playing the part at this point. Yet it's interesting to see that at one point at least, the MCU thought bringing Mel Gibson into their crazy superhero action was a good idea.  

Gibson also talked a bit in the interview about the overall state of comic book films. When asked about what he makes of "the current wave of superhero movies," he responded with the following:

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Some are good. Some are kind of funny ... Guardians of the Galaxy. Or the first Iron Man. And some of them are just like retreats. I mean you can watch them do Spider-Man five times ... There is a slight shift in film. But, then again, I think all films are suffering from people not being able to now open them with their name. It's a different kind of business these days.
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It indeed is a different kind of business, and as comic book films continue, it's evident that there needs to be a certain amount of evolution and change within the genre in order to sustain interest and combat superhero movie weariness. Thankfully, that's happening, with all new types of superhero movies either out or on the way, such as the superhero buddy movie (Thor: Ragnarok and the rumored Booster Gold and Blue Beetle), the villains movie (Suicide Squad), the parody (Deadpool), and the superhero versus movie (Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War).

Of course, the game will continue to change, and eventually, the trend of having several superhero movies a year will likely come to an end when society's interests inevitably shift. The industry is currently at a point where names still do open films (it's just the superheroes' names instead of the actors' - think Batman v Superman), but it's probable that will change sometime sooner rather than later. If the studios want to keep making the kind of money off of superhero movies that they do now, they'll need to stay on their game and keep innovating. Thankfully, that's what seems to be happening.
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