During a promotional tour for his upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi revealed that he considered using the comic villain Perrikus but ultimately did not use him.
Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok will see the Asgardian hero travel into space and join with his anti-villainous brother Loki, heroine Valkyrie and fellow Avenger the Hulk in order to stop Hela, the goddess of death, as well as Surtur, an apocalyptic fire giant.
The reveal came during a game he was playing against actors Tom Hiddleson (Loki) and Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), where the three were given a name and had to guess if it belonged to a Thor villain or a piece of IKEA furniture. (Fafnir: Thor villain. Jorid: furniture.) When given the choice of “Perrikus,” Waititi is sure that he is a Thor villain, and mentions in passing that he was going to be in the movie at one point in development.
In the comics, Perrikus is one of the Dark Gods, cited as the God of Infinite Energy, and accidentally released from imprisonment by Thor. Vengeful about the Asgarians killing his wife, he manages to destroy Thor’s magic hammer, Mjolnir. In that way he is quite similar to the movie version of Hela, who has the same basic setup, minus the dead wife part. It is unclear if Hela replaced Perrikus or if they were going to be working together in earlier ideas for the movie.
As a side note: the two teams tied with 4 points each. Meanwhile Waititi, who has expressed interest in making more movies with Thor in the future, quipped that one would now include a character called “Norden,” after a type of table. “I was taking these as suggestions,” he said.