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Folks who are familiar with the comic book character Thor probably have a mental image like this;
or potentially this;
if it's raining.
And he runs with a lot of dudes that look like him, known as the "Norse Gods."
But now, in his silver screen form, Heimdall looks like this;
Is this a relevant cultural issue? Is it kind of silly? Does it matter at all? Is there more or less of an issue for a character like [STRIKE]Thor[/STRIKE] Heimdall, with his well defined ethnic history aspects, to be race-changed than it would be for a character like Spiderman?
Is this the next face of Tchalla?
How important is a fictional character's ethnicity? Does it vary from character to character? Is there something inherent to [STRIKE]Thor[/STRIKE] that requires him to be played by a 6'6", 250 lb Nord? Or is this a silly thing to get worked up about?