It was the news that damn near broke the internet. Game of Thrones legend Peter Dinklage is rumored to be in negotiations to join the cast of Avengers: Infinity War. Minds were filled with joy with the idea of Tyrion Lannister sharing screen time with Peter Quill, Tony Stark, or even Loki! Any time a major actor gets attached to a superhero movie there’s a sense of excitement. However, when it’s the award-winning star of one of the hottest shows in the world, there are quite a few more chills running down the spines of collected fandom.
Then the news kept flowing in. Apparently, not only is Dinklage talking about joining the next Avengers outing, but he could also be involved in other Marvel movies in the near future. Essentially, Dinklage would be introduced in Infinity War, and then be brought back for a larger role in the next feature. It’s similar to the Black Panther’s introduction in Civil War, or more comparably, Ulysses Klaw (Age of Ultron).
Whatever his usage would be, getting him involved in any capacity is worth celebrating. However, fans are never happy with news simply stating someone is joining the MCU; we need to know who they are playing! Well, since Peter Dinklage is only ‘in talks,’ it’s up to us to guess who he could be playing in Infinity War. So, because we’re graciously accepting this self-imposed responsibility, here are five ideas.
The idea that Dinklage could be playing MODOK (or a Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing) has spread throughout the internet like a wildfire. It has gotten to the point wherre the always reliable Boss Logic has already created a rendering showing what a potential Dinklage-ified MODOK could look like.
Admit it — you’d like for this to become a reality. And, there may be some credence to the rumors. Veteran Marvel screenwriter Christopher Markus (who is currently writing Infinity War) is obsessed with the character. To cap it off, when he was part of the writing team for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Markus wanted MODOK to be included and had a certain actor in mind for the role.
“I love MODOK and I think you could make a terrifying movie with MODOK but nobody seems to be on my side at the momentum… I will win you over to Peter Dinklage as MODOK. If he came around the corner and you saw him floating there you would be terrified. It would be amazing.”
That was six years ago, and now Markus has the opportunity to make good on that promise. To add more fuel on that fire, MODOK has a nice history with Captain Marvel, who just happens to be part of Infinity War, and a recipient of her own movie in 2019. The dots are beginning to get connect, and if it turns out Dinklage is playing MODOK, get ready for the internet to completely lose its sh*t.
2. Pip the Troll
So, if it’s not MODOK, then who else could Dinklage be playing? The prevailing theory is that he could be Pip the Troll. It’s easy to assume that because of Dinklage’s stature, he would play a diminutive character. And if he actually ends up playing the cosmic troll-person, the role could end up being a pivotal to the film.
In the comics, Pip was a member of The Infinity Watch and an ally of Adam Warlock. He was one of the protectors of the Infinity Stones and crucial to the Infinity Gauntlet storylines. Should the movie follow themes similar to the comics (something the MCU really doesn’t concern itself with), then we could actually see Pip in live-action form.
3. Adam Warlock
Okay. It’s not that Pip isn’t an exciting character…but really, he’s not. He’s also not worthy of the talents of Peter Dinkalge. However, if Pip is in the cards, then we’re also getting Infinity Watch. That means Adam Warlock will be involved as well. Sure it’s, outside the box thinking, but why not have Dinklage play the man who’s destined to take down Thanos?
Rumors of Adam Warlock’s involvement in the MCU have run rampant since Guardians of the Galaxy first introduced his cocoon. It doesn’t hurt that Warlock is also crucial to the climax of the Infinity Gauntlet comic series. While Dinklage doesn’t resemble what we assume Warlock should look like, who really cares? The role is going to need someone who can bring gravitas to it, and after six seasons playing Tyrion Lanninster, there are few actors better than Dinklage who can handle a position like that. Sure, it appears like a longshot, but never forget that Marvel is fully capable of doing something unexpected and making the end result something perfect.
4. Uatu The Watcher
Another character that has gained some steam over the past few days is that of Uatu. It makes sense that Dinklage would be considered for this role, since everyone knows he’s tremendous at playing a character that “drinks and knows stuff.” Uatu is part of an ancient alien race that observes planets around the universe. His job is to watch Earth, so perhaps the character could be in Infinity War to warn the Avengers about an impending Thanos invasion.
However, there are a lot of issues with the idea of Uatu showing up. Infinity War has to do a lot: bring Thanos into the fold, toss the Guardians of the Galaxy on Earth, reunite The Avengers, explain where Betty Ross has been over the last decade, etc. So, why would it waste any time explaining why there’s a giant alien who’s been watching over us this whole time? It just doesn’t seem likely. Plus, I’d rather believe the theory that Uatu is actually being played by Stan Lee.
I’m saving what I think is the best for last. Known as “The Devourer of Worlds,”Galactus is one of the most intimidating characters in all of comic history. Can you pick someone better than Dinklage to voice the character? Clearly with his size, Galactus would have to be a CGI character, so let’s put Dinklage in that ping pong ball-covered suit and let the man get to work. Galactus is someone who needs to be part of the MCU, and more importantly, he needs a redo after his dismal, cloud-like appearance in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Listen, I know what you’re thinking; Galactus is part of The Fantastic Four canon, which means he’s owned by Fox and can’t show up in the MCU. Well, I refuse to believe that Marvel and 20th Century Fox haven’t already made a deal to allow Marvel’s first family to show up alongside the Avengers in a deal similar to the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man arrangement. Yes, my stubbornness is getting in the way of logic, but I don’t care. I want Galactus in the MCU and I think Dinklage is the perfect man to bring him to life.
So, what are your thoughts? Do any of these characters tickle your fancy? Or, should Peter Dinklage play someone (or something) else in Infinity War? Let us know in the comment section below!