With the sheer number of characters needed to populate the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it takes a lot of actors to bring them to life. At this point, it would seem that everybody in Hollywood with a pulse has at least been offered a part in the MCU, whether or not they ended up doing it. Apparently, even actors who had been out of the limelight for sometime were also considered for parts, as Mel Gibson says he was offered the part of Thorís father, Odin, though he decided against it.

The former Lethal Weapon star is working his way back into the limelight with Blood Father, which looks like Mel Gibsonís take on Taken, except with biker gangs in place of the human traffickers. Gibson himself calls it the "dad version of the action guy." In an interview with the Guardian at the Cannes Film Festival, the actor was asked about his thoughts on the superhero genre, and if heíd ever been approached for a role in one of the big budget blockbusters. As it turns out, yes, he was.
Yeah, long time ago, to play Thorís dad. But I didnít do it.
Mel Gibson does not elaborate at all on the statement, so we donít really know why he turned down the role of Odin. Gibson is, overall, complimentary of the genre, calling out Guardians of the Galaxy and the first Iron Man as movies he enjoyed, although, he seems to have appreciated them most for their humor and humor is something that the Thor franchise has been struggling with. Itís possible that Gibson just didnít think it was funny enough, Odin didnít get many of the jokes that were there to begin with. Thor: Ragnarok will attempt to change this with Taika Waititi behind the camera. That guy knows funny, this much is clear.


Having now seen Sir Anthony Hopkins play the part of Odin in two films, itís difficult to imagine anybody else playing the part. Still, The first Thor was directed by Kenneth Branagh. The idea of seeing the men behind two of the great modern interpretations of Hamlet working together could have been awesome.

The early word on Blood Father appears to be pretty good, so maybe Mel Gibson has finally found the movie to make him a major Hollywood star once again. If so, maybe heíll get a second bite at the comic book movie apple. Should Marvel find something new for him, or is there a DCEU role that would be a better fit? Let us know which comic book character youíd like to see Mel Gibson play on screen.