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Christopher Eccleston Done With ‘Thor,’ Open to ‘Heroes’

Christopher Eccleston passed on the opportunity to return to Doctor Who, and he’s equally likely to reject any offers to reprise his role as Thor: The Dark World villain Malekith the Accursed.

Not that a return to Malekith makes much sense, considering the Dark Elf was crushed and killed by the end of the 2013 sequel. Still, should Marvel ask Eccleston to cameo as the universe-threatening menace in a future film, he’s not inclined to accept the offer.

“I don’t think I’d like to revisit six hours of makeup every day,” he told MTV. “And I think Malekith has served his time. The way of the Marvel films, the Thor films, they have a new villain every time.”

Interestingly, Eccleston is much more amenable to returning to a different superhero franchise: Heroes, returning in 2015 as Heroes Reborn. Eccleston starred in the first season of the NBC superhero series as Claude Raines, an invisible lowlife who mentors Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) for a brief time.

“I had a great time on that show,” Eccleston said, “I’d always be interested. That was a great character. I love that guy.”


  • Simon DelMonte

    Isn’t he on The Leftovers?

  • rigmutton

    Doesn’t he generally seem to hate every show or movie he works on?

  • Lyle

    I thought he did fine in Thor: The Dark World, considering the script he was given. His character wasn’t given a great amount of depth, and he only appeared in scenes with Thor a few times with not a great amount of dialogue. I cannot help but think this was a missed opportunity, since borrowing more heavily from the Marvel Comics could have given Malekith a depth that we’ve seen in Loki. Oh, well, it was a missed opportunity, but not in any way Eccleston’s fault.

  • David Fullam

    I would come back for Who and Thor, no questions asked, if I were he.

  • nailsin

    I’ll always wonder what happened on the Dr. Who set that pissed him off so royally.

  • mel

    I think it’s because of Natalie Portman’s character. I like her, but I just wish they would have a movie about Thor and the warriors three/ Sif in their world. They have such a great world to play in and instead they focus on Earth. This is my same complaint about Green Lantern.

  • Sally Ann Price

    I can understand why he wouldn’t want to return to Thor. He is such a great actor.

  • Sally Ann Price

    Yes he is!

  • Melwing

    Yes! Both ‘Thor 2′ and ‘Green Lantern’ would have been so much better if Earth was just left out of it entirely (except for Hal’s origin of course)

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