While many of us were enjoying the 'Thor' trailer that hammered its way to the Internet last week, other factions were cooking up their opposition. No, they're not griping about Kenneth Branagh as director, or the potential plusses or minuses of Queen Amidala coming back to geek fare. They're ticked because Marvel's comic Norse God, Heimdall, is being played by black actor Idris Elba.
Though the depth of their involvement is unclear, the Council of Conservative Citizens, a hate group determined to stop racial diversity in America, is supporting a new "Boycott Thor" website. The site's mission statement derides Stan Lee for financing left-wing political candidates, noting that "Marvel has viciously attacked the TEA Party movement, conservatives and European heritage. Now they have taken it one further, casting a black man as a Norse deity in their new movie 'Thor.' Marvel has now inserted social engineering into European mythology."