Character traits

Heimdall is a strong and loyal warrior, with a high sense of honor. Although being extremely powerful, even for an Asgardian, he serves loyally Odin, having swore to be faithful to his king.

Power and Abilities

As all Asgardians, he possesses superhuman physical attributes, such as strength, reflexes, stamina, speed, agility, durability. However, he is generally stronger and more durable than all but a few Asgardians, such as Odin and Thor. He's an extremely skillful swordman, wielding an enchanted uru sword in battle.

Heimdall possesses extraordinarily acute superhuman senses, most notably his vision and hearing, bordering on the extrasensory. His senses are said to be so acute that he could hear sap running through trees, and "the tiniest plant growing in the heart of the hidden hills", and see and hear anything occurring in Asgard or on Earth. Heimdall can also "look across time, as well as space". Heimdall has been said to be capable of detecting the fluttering of a butterfly's wings "a thousand worlds away". His sensorial powers can be deceived, as Loki proved.


  • Odin - King.
  • Frigga - Queen.
  • Loki - Former ally and king, enemy.
  • Thor - Ally.
  • Sif - Ally.
  • Laufey - Enemies.
  • Frost Giants - Enemies.


  • Marvel Cinematic Universe (2 films)
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe (1 comic)
    • Captain America & Thor: Avengers

Behind the scenes

  • The Council of Conservative Citizens planned to boycott the movie since a black actor was cast to portray a Nordic god. Idris Elba commented the criticism as "ridiculous". 


  • In the comics, Heimdall and Sif are brother and sister. This was not explored in the film.
  • In Norse mythology, Heimdall guarded the Bifrost, which the Vikings believed a rainbow was. Mythology also states that he was born in the ocean from the Nine Mothers and blew the horn Gjallarhorn to signal incoming invasions on Valhalla. Heimdall was predicted to kill and be killed by Loki during the doomsday scenario of Ragnarok.