It has been several months since Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness came out in the cinema. The feature film directed by Sam Raimi, to whom we owe the first trilogy of Spider-Manwas a break with the other MCU productions. Definitely darker both in terms of atmosphere and from character design, the film received critical acclaim. But the makeup of the Illuminati has often been a source of controversy. Recently, an artist from Marvel shared an illustration and gives an idea of what could have been rassembling Daniel Craig, who was well planned for the casting.
daniel craig as balder the brave
This is not a surprise, but a booster shot is needed. Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness is the direct sequel to Spider-Man: no way home, and the multiverse was central to the plot. We had the opportunity to discover variants of interesting superheroes when the protagonist landed on Earth 838. Peggy Carter received the Super Soldier Serum instead of Steve Rogers, resulting in Captain Carter instead of Captain America. We had the opportunity to find Charles Xavier of the X-Men, aka Professor X, or even Red Richards, aka Mister Fantastic. Small disappointment, however: fans expected to see Superior Iron Man, a variant of Tony Stark even more developed than the one we knew. Solid rumors even mentioned Tom Cruise as the billionaire.
But another character was missing subscribers, and who made yet well part of the production plans. It’s about Balder the Brave, abandoned brother of Thor, in the comics, and who was to take place as a member of the Illuminati in place of Mister Fantastic. Nevertheless, the Covid-19 has thwarted the plans of the interpreter of James Bond, and the idea was abandoned. Recently, Darrell Warner, an artist at Marvel, posted an illustration on Twitter to give us a glimpse of what the 54-year-old actor could have looked like in the costume of the Asgardian god.
Balder the Brave, abandoned brother of Thor
Completely unknown to the MCU, Thor’s half-brother is nevertheless an Asgardian god, well known from the comics, since he was created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Below is an illustration of Balder the Brave, played by Daniel Craig.
Too bad this character did not go further than this watercolor | You all know the story and if you don’t, go find it online.
The idea of introducing Thor’s half-brother has already been mentioned in previous solo films dedicated to the son of Odin. In 2018, Marvel Studios executive Charlie Wen claimed that Balder the Brave had to appear in the very first movie Thor in 2011.
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