15Idris Elba—Heimdall (Thor & Thor: The Dark World)
The debate over race when it comes to casting actors in movies was sparked when Idris Elba was tapped to play Norse god Heimdall in Thor. Some Thor fans opposed the decision, as the character had been white in all comic book appearances. In fact, a
white supremacist group known as the Council of Conservative Citizens issued a boycott of the movie after the news broke.
They stated that Marvel had "declared war on Norse mythology" with an "insulting multi-cultural makeover." They went on to accuse the studio of attacking conservative values and orchestrating social engineering in European mythology. Idris was able to brush the "ridiculous" racist remarks off and delivered a well-received performance that led to him reprising his role for Thor: The Dark World.