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Heimdallr is an Asgardian blessed with sensory capabilities far beyond those of other Asgardians, and these senses have been put to use placing Heimdallr in the role of gatekeeper to Asgard at his observatory on the Bifrost Bridge. Despite his phenomenal ability however, Heimdallr was unable to perceive an intrusion by several jotuns when they stole into the vaults of Odin. This same intrusion also sparked the ire of Odin's son Thor, who came to Heimdallr, with several of his friends, seeking access to Jotunheim. Although Heimdallr agreed to let them pass and accepted their request that he keep their movements secret, his loyalty to Odin was stronger and he immediately reported their departure. Odin's reaction was swift and had Heimdallr open the Bifrost twice more in quick succession to allow Odin to retrieve his people.
Later, with Thor banished and Odin fallen into his Odinsleep, Loki placed himself on the throne as regent and demanded Heimdallr’s loyalty. Although he grudgingly accepted, Heimdallr opted to only observe a literal interpretation of his vow to Loki and did not interfere when Sif and the Warriors Three used the Bifrost to reach Thor. Enraged, Loki dismissed Heimdallr as a subject, thus releasing the protector of the Bifrost from his vow. Heimdallr responded with an immediate attack, but Loki simply froze him in a block of ice before the blow could strike.
Heimdallr was still frozen when Loki brought several jotuns through the Bifrost. Locked in his icy prison, he was helpless to prevent Loki leading one of them into the city, but he was soon galvanised by the calls of Thor who was still trapped on Earth. Smashing free, he quickly cut down two jotuns who had been left to guard, and opened the Bifrost for Thor and his friends. Severely weakened, Heimdallr could assist the adventurers no further and had to be carried from his observatory.
He returned following the destruction of the observatory and when Thor asked if passage to Earth was lost, he shows him the Bifrost regenerating and replied, "No. There is still hope." When Thor asked Heimdallr if he could see Jane Foster, Heimdallr chuckled and told him that she still looks for him.
Thor: The Dark World Prelude
The nine realms sensed a change due to the destruction of the Bifrost and Heimdallr noticed. He told Thor and Odin. As Thor was about to leave, Heimdallr asked him if he wanted to know what was happening with Jane on Earth, Thor said he would like to, but not at that moment
One year later, Heimdallr informed Odin and Thor that Loki was on Earth. Sif inquired about Thor's journey to Earth, querying whether he had survived to which Heimdallr replied "Thor lives".
After Loki was defeated and returned to Asgard, Heimdallr and Thor used the Tesseract to re-build the Bifrost.
Tired of the celebration, Thor decided to go and talk with Heimdallr. The two of them talked about Jane. During the conversation, Heimdallr was unable to see Jane, Thor then decided to go to Earth to investigate. While he watching the horizon, Heimdallr noticed the presence of a foreign ship that turned out to be a ship belonging to the Dark Elves, he tried to stop them but he failed in his attempt. During the attack of Dark Elves, Heimdallr used the Hofund to activate a shield; however, Algrim destroyed the generator leaving Asgard without defense.
After the death of the Queen of Asgard, Thor devised a plan to prevent another attack, which Heimdallr helps. Heimdallr summoned Odin to report a treason, Odin asked who betrayed him and Heimdallr responds that he. When Odin learned that the Einherjar guards missed the mortal woman, he looked disappointedly at Heimdallr.
During his watch, Heimdallr saw a Kree arriving on Earth. As Kree are not allowed to go to Earth, he told Odin what happened. Odin then sent Lady Sif to apprehend the Kree. Later, Heimdallr opened the Bifrost, allowing Sif to carry Vin-Tak to Hala.
Heimdallr is a strong and loyal warrior, with a high sense of honor. Although being extremely powerful, even for an Asgardian, he serves loyally Odin, having swore to be faithful to his king.
Powers and abilities
As all Asgardians, he possesses superhuman physical attributes, such as strength, reflexes, stamina, speed, agility, durability. However, he is generally stronger and more durable than all but a few Asgardians, such as Odin and Thor. He's an extremely skillful swordsman, wielding an enchanted uru sword in battle.
Heimdallr possesses extraordinarily acute superhuman senses, most notably his vision and hearing, bordering on the extrasensory. His senses are said to be so acute that he could hear sap running through trees, and "the tiniest plant growing in the heart of the hidden hills", and see and hear anything occurring in Asgard or on Earth. Heimdallr can also "look across time, as well as space". Heimdallr has been said to be capable of detecting the fluttering of a butterfly's wings "a thousand worlds away". His sensorial powers can be deceived, as Loki proved.
Behind the scenes
- The Council of Conservative Citizens planned to boycott the movie since a black actor was cast to portray a Nordic god. Idris Elba commented the criticism as "ridiculous".
- In the comics, Heimdallr and Sif are brother and sister. This was not explored in the film.
- In Norse mythology, Heimdallr guarded the Bifrost, which the Vikings believed a rainbow was. Mythology also states that he was born in the ocean from the Nine Mothers and blew the horn Gjallarhorn to signal incoming invasions on Valhalla. Heimdallr was predicted to kill and be killed by Loki during the doomsday scenario of Ragnarok.
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