6 Most Likely Characters Peter Dinklage Could Be Playing In AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Earlier this week, we learned that Peter Dinklage looks set to take on a key role in the next two Avengers movies, and after the jump, you'll find the most likely possibilities for who he's been cast as.

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Avengers: Infinity War looks set to be the biggest superhero movie of 2018 and possibly of all-time, so it's hardly a surprise that Marvel Studios is now making some major casting additions. The first of those may very well be Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage as we learned just a couple of days ago that he will take on a "key role" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in both Infinity War and The Avengers 4.

However, that leads us to wonder who on Earth (or in the cosmos) the award winning actor could be playing. A lot of you have already weighed in with your theories, but I have some ideas of my own!

Below, you'll find what I believe to be the six most likely characters Dinklage could end up playing in Avengers: Infinity War and beyond. Some may be familar to you, while others likely won't be, but don't expect to find a lot of obvious choices here as the actor really could be playing anyone in the MCU...


6. The Watcher



While the talented actor's stature might lead you into believing that there are only certain characters he can play, X-Men: Days of Future Past and many other roles on his resume prove otherwise. After all, if Bradley Cooper can star as a racoon, Peter Dinklage can most definitely take on someone like Uatu the Watcher. While there's a very good chance that the iconic cosmic observer is owned by 20th Century Fox due to them holding the rights to the Fantastic Four franchise, we already know that a deal was struck between them and Marvel Studios for Ego the Living Planet, so The Watcher could have also been traded.

Brought to life with CG, it would make sense for the character to appear during such a momentous occasion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's history, breaking his sacred rule and helping Earth's Mightiest Heroes assemble to take down a threat who may have already wiped out half of the universe if he has his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet by the time they come face to face with him. A popular theory is that Stan Lee is going to one day be revealed as The Watcher, and I like that a lot, hence why this suggestion doesn't place slightly higher. 

 

5. Puck



Quite some time ago, Joe and Anthony Russo joked that we'd see upwards of 64 characters in Avengers: Infinity War. That number may have been exaggerated, but it's pretty obvious that a lot of new faces will be added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe next year. Could Alpha Flight be among them? A new superhero team entering the fray would certainly help add some much-needed backup to The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, especially as the Fantastic Four and X-Men will be absent. It would also help to emphasise just how huge this shared universe is and could very well open the door to them receiving their own movie somewhere down the line.

Peter Dinklage would be an interesting choice to take on the fan-favourite Puck, while seeing the likes of Guardian and Sasquatch joining him to take on Thanos would be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, my gut tells me that this team is probably owned by Fox due to their ties to the X-Men, so it's hard to say how likely this might be. If that's not the case, though, can you imagine how great it would be for the Canadian Alpha Flight to suddenly join the battle alongside other international heroes like Captain Britain?


4. Starfox



In the comic books, Starfox is a handsome creep with the ability to control the emotions of those around him. Oh, and he just so happens to also be the younger brother of Thanos! In The Infinity Gauntlet comic book, he's held captive by The Mad Titan and forced to watch all of the horrible deeds he commits. Ultimately, he ends up helping The Avengers defeat the villain, but there's a lot more than just that which could be done with him in Avengers: Infinity War. Does it matter that Dinklage doesn't bear a resemblance to the character? Not at all.

If anything, it's a good thing, as having someone who isn't already amazingly handsome to play Starfox makes more sense as it would then explain why he uses his powers to manipulate others (specifically women) to fall for him. It's admittedly a pretty big departure from the comic books, but one which could work well as it gives Marvel Studios the chance to do something new with this character. We know from Game of Thrones that Dinklage does the whole manipulative advisor thing well, so he could start off as an ally to Thanos before realising that he'd be better off helping out The Avengers instead.

 

3. Pip The Troll



Perhaps the most obvious possibility is Pip the Troll. One of Adam Warlock's closest allies, he played a key role in The Infinity Gauntlet when he helped bring the hero back to take on Thanos. On the surface, hiring Dinklage to play a cigar-chomping "troll" seems pretty insulting, but an actor of his calibre could very easily make the character an integral part of this story and a lot more three-dimensional than his comic book counterpart.

Assuming Warlock joins the Guardians of the Galaxy once this adventure is over, Pip could very well join him, giving Dinklage a big part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a long time to come. As I mentioned at the start of this feature, the actor's height doesn't have to restrict which roles he could take on in Avengers: Infinity War, but with this movie adapting at least elements of the comic book event it's based on and the fact that the signs have been pointing to Warlock showing up for some time now, Pip just seems like the right fit. However, there are still a couple of other exciting possibilities...

 

2. Eternity



At the conclusion of The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos took on a long list of very powerful beings as he attempted to take over the universe with that powerful weapon. So, why do I think Dinklage could be playing Eternity? Well, Game of Thrones has proved that he has the right sort of voice to deliver a commanding performance, while the visually unique appearance of the character means that his height would not be an issue as Eternity would be a CG creation with maybe some mo-cap facial performance.

For those of you unfamiliar with the character, he's an abstract, relatively omnipotent entity representing all time and reality in the universe, and a powerful being it's easy to imagine playing a key role in Avengers: Infinity War. It's been said that Dinklage's character will have a big role in both that and Avengers 4, and that makes me wonder what Joe and Anthony Russo could do to flesh out his appearance beyond a battle with Thanos, but if they can come up with something interesting enough, this powerful being showing up is a must.

 

1. M.O.D.O.K.



If the writers AND directors of the last two Captain America movies weren't working on Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, then I probably wouldn't have included M.O.D.O.K. here. However, their involvement has to make the villain showing up at least a little more likely, though in what capacity it could be, I'm not sure. Of course, it's worth bearing in mind that while most of us are expecting an adaptation of The Infinity Gauntlet, there's really nothing to say that's the direction Marvel is planning on going in. 

Captain America: Civil War proved that, so the psychic leader of A.I.M. showing up in some capacity isn't really that hard to imagine. Thanos once recruited Loki to help him out, so him turning to some of Earth's baddies to lend him a hand in assembling the Infinity Stones isn't really that hard to believe. Dinklage could really ham it up here, and while M.O.D.O.K. may look pretty daft, Marvel could surely come up with a really cool way to bring him to the big screen and make him an integral part of this cosmic storyline. 

Which of these characters do you think Peter Dinklage could be playing in Avengers: Infinity War? Have we missed any other likely possibilities? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. 

 
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