When Peter Dinklage's casting in Avengers: Infinity War was announced last week, the speculation engines on the internet kicked into full gear. While some fans (and sites, including ours) got excited by the possibility of an out-of-left-field character like MODOK or The Watcher going to Dinklage, the more obvious answer was staring right at everyone: Pip the Troll. Now, thanks to some paparazzi photos shared by Daily Mail of the actor, that theory gains a lot of credence. In the photos, he's shown getting his hair dyed bright red, which matches the appearance of Pip in the pages of Marvel Comics nicely.
Pip works for Infinity War, a story about cosmic supervillain Thanos menacing the entire universe, nicely as he's closely linked to the being that worships death. Created by Jim Starlin, who also created Thanos, in Strange Tales #179, Pip was linked to Adam Warlock, the "Infinity Watch," a team meant to safeguard the Infinity Stones, and appeared in, oh yeah, Infinity War and Infinity Crusade.
The role certainly fits, and the character winds up in quite the superheroic position in the comic book version of Infinity War, fighting alongside the likes of Gamora and Doctor Strange. He also wielded the Space Gem to great effect, and through it gained the ability to teleport. Peter Dinklage as a teleporting superhero troll fighting alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Zoe Saldana? Where in this infernal internet box do we place our money?
Avengers: Infinity War will be the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, and hits theaters May 4, 2018.
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