Team Thor, aka the "Revengers," will face off against an awesome roster of Marvel villains when Thor: Ragnarok opens this weekend with Hela (Cate Blanchett), Skurge the Executioner (Karl Urban), Surtur the Fire Demon (Clancy Brown), and the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) set to wreak havoc in the God of Thunder’s new film.
But did you know there was another Thor comic book baddie who almost made the cut until he was, er, cut from the movie?
Ragnarok stars Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) were on hand for a game of “IKEA furniture or Thor Villain?”, where the Thor helmer let slip a little golden nugget. Waititi revealed that Perrikus was originally planned to be in the movie before he was ultimately dropped. Check it out:
One of the Dark Gods (aka the evil opposites of the Asgardians), Perrikus was the God of Unlimited Power and Infinite Energy who boasted superhuman abilities (strength, endurance) and wielded a magical scythe that allowed him to shoot energy blasts. Accidentally freed by Thor from his Asgardian prison, Perrikus reunited with other Dark Gods, took control of Asgard, and captured Odin.
Thankfully, the Dark Gods' reign in Asgard was cut short and they were ultimately defeated, but not before Perrikus cleaved Thor’s mighty hammer Mjolnir in half with his scythe (as we know from the many, many trailers and promos, it's Hela who shatters Thor’s hammer in the movie). Created in 1998 by Dan Jurgens and John Romita Jr. for the pages of Thor Vol. 2 #1, Perrikus was last seen in 2002, when Thor chopped off part of his right arm with the Executioner’s axe.
There’s no doubt having Perrikus in Thor: Ragnarok would have been a cool move for fans, but with so many villains in the Marvel film already, the inclusion of the Dark God would have likely overcrowded it a bit. But who knows? With Waititi expressing interest in directing another Thor movie (or rather, he'd be interested in directing Ragnarok 2, doesn’t mean Marvel will give it the green light, though), maybe the God of Thunder could battle Perrikus in the future. Waititi told Screen Rant:
“Yeah, people ask me, ‘would you do another one,’ and for sure I’d do another one because it wouldn’t even feel like doing a fourth Thor film, it would just feel like doing the second Ragnarok film. Cuz it does feel like in a way, yeah there’s been this reinvention in an exciting way … So it’s exciting cuz it feels like, if Chris were to do this again it wouldn’t feel like ‘oh it’s the eighth time I’ve done Thor,’ no it will feel like the second or third time I’ve done this character. Same with Mark [Ruffalo].”
What do you guys think; would you have loved to see Perrikus on the big screen? Thor: Ragnarok opens Nov. 3.