“Fall victim to the scissors” – the phrase refers to scenes, dialogues and actors who do not make it into the final version of a film or series during production. Apparently, this happened several times in the past to a not entirely unimportant character from the Marvel Comics. Despite the numerous movies and series on Disney Plus, this character is still awaiting his debut in the MCU, although he has been close to it a number of times. We’re talking about none other than Thor and Loki’s brother, who is said to be played by an extremely popular actor.
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Who is actually Balder the Brave? According to the creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, it is one of the sons of Odin and therefore a brother of Thor and Loki. Since the prophecy states that Balder’s death would trigger the Twilight of the Gods, Ragnarök, and thus the fall of Asgard, he was granted invulnerability.
However, Loki betrayed his family and tricked the blind deity Hoder into shooting an arrow made of mistletoe at Balder. Mortally wounded, he was rescued by Odin, but his hair turned gray and he took the path of the lonely, embittered warrior. As has now become known, Balder the Brave should have appeared in several movies. But that obviously never happened.
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Graham Churchyard has worked as a costume designer on numerous Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters. He worked on Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Spider-Man: Far From Home, among others. Speaking on a ComicBook podcast, he revealed that the Balder the Brave character has come close to becoming a part of the MCU several times.
An appearance would have been planned for the first movie about Thor. In the sequels, too, the character was apparently dropped from the plot at the last minute. Completed drafts of the film character already exist in Marvel’s archives. Scenes with Balder the Brave were firmly planned for Thor: Love and Thunder. And supposedly none other than James Bond actor Daniel Craig, Thor and Loki’s brother, should have embodied in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
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With numerous blockbuster movies and series already in production for Disney Plus as part of Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s still hope that Balder the Brave might still make it onto the camera. Should it actually be Daniel Craig, the MCU would be richer by another charismatic world star.