For Disney, he portrayed Heimdall in the 2011 Marvel action film, Thor and reprised his role in the 2013 film, Thor: The Dark World, in the 2015 film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, in the 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok, and in the 2018 film ,Avengers: Infinity War. He also voiced Shere Khan in the 2016 live-action film adaptation of The Jungle Book, Chief Bogo in the 2016 film, Zootopia, and Fluke in the 2016 Disney/Pixar film, Finding Dory.
- Idris Elba is the only actor in Disney history with the portfolio of directly contributing to most of Disney's feature film divisions. He has portrayed a character for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney Live-Action, Pixar, and Marvel.
- All of the Disney movies that Idris Elba is featured in for Disney's 2016 cinematic release slate are all roles of talking animals.
- He shares his birthday and his birth year with the American actress Anika Noni Rose, who voiced Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, Sofia the First, and Ralph Breaks the Internet.