The casting of Idris Elba as a Norse God in the forthcoming movie Thor has sparked an online race row, with comic book fans (and online right wing communities, obviously) spluttering into their keyboards in disbelief and rage at how a London-born black actor can play 'the whitest of the gods'.

Elba, best known for his role as Russell 'Stringer' Bell in hit TV show The Wire, will play the Marvel Comics character Heimdall, an all-powerful Norse deity who can see across galaxies and owns a sword that contains all the power in the cosmos.

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