The World Serpent, a famous beast from Norse mythology, nearly appeared in Avengers: Infinity War.
Thanks to Thor’s presence in the MCU, we have been treated to many iconic characters and monsters from Norse mythology, including the likes of Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok.
Well, it turns out that we nearly got one of the mythology’s most famous beings in Avengers: Infinity War. In the new book, Avenges: Endgame – The Art of the Movie (via ComicBook.com), Senior Visual Development Artist Rodnet Fuentebella reveals:
“This was going to be the introduction of Stormbreaker. It was forced way back when, and one of Thor’s ancestors had wielded it to destroy the World Serpent. In the top-right image, you can see it buried in the skull of the World Serpent. We wanted to create something that was interesting and different but still feel like you could tell that it’s buried in something. There was also an idea of how after the got Stormbreaker, as they were escaping, the children of the World Serpents would attack them and they would have to fight their way out.”
Here’s an illustration of the scene in question…
This would have been a pretty epic scene and a cool link to the original mythology. The World Serpent has appeared in plenty of Norse stories, including the recent video game God of War.
Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Sean Gunn (Rocket), Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Benicio Del Toro (The Collector), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Winston Duke (M’Baku), Terry Notary (Cull Obsidian), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Ebony Maw), Carrie Coon (Proxima Midnight), Michael James Shaw (Corvus Glaive) and Peter Dinklage (Eitri).