How things have changed: 30 years ago, comic books were resigned to, at least in the public eye, basement-dwelling social misfits and juveniles. In recent years, though, the medium has gained recognition as a legitimate art form, and superhero movies now rake in billions of dollars for their respective studios. As a result, mainstream celebrities and once-guarded geeky stars have been clamoring for a spot in the latest and greatest superhero fare.
Several days ago, rock star and music impresario Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith) appealed to director James Gunn for a role in the inevitable Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 during an interview. Never social-media shy, Gunn recently responded to Tyler’s request.
The rock ‘n’ roll-friendly director was in Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival, promoting his latest script, The Belko Experiment. One of Marvel’s most accessible auteurs, Gunn headed to Facebook (via The Wrap) on Saturday, hosting one of his semi-regular Q&A sessions. During the chat, the Aerosmith-front-man question came up, to which he replied in his affable style, saying:
“Yes, I did hear that Steven Tyler wants to be in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ He gave Guardians of the Galaxy: James Gunnme a shout-out the other day in an interview. He said, ‘James Gunn are you listening?’ The answer is: Steven, yes I am listening. And I’m a big fan of Steven Tyler‘s. I had the pleasure of directing his daughter Liv in a movie [“Super” in 2010] in which she was fantastic, and I met him for a few seconds at a screening of that movie. He’s a cool guy. And of course I would love to work with Steven Tyler sometime.”
While Gunn sounded more than happy to work with Tyler at some point, he didn’t specify whether they’d be working together on GOTG3 during the video. This is likely because the Marvel helmer hasn’t committed to the third film himself, although he does feel a third escapade from the Marauder crew is on the dockets. To clear up any confusion, Gunn returned to Twitter later, stating “If I did Vol 3, sure. I love @IamStevenT. Love his work & he’s a very warm guy.”
Assuming that Gunn decides to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Marvel decides to make it (it’s a good bet), Tyler would definitely be a fun addition to the cast. His acting experience may be limited to a few roles here and there, including his part in Happy Birthday – the film he was promoting during his request. However, his entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn’t necessarily be a starring part.
With a universe of diverse species, the rock ‘n’ roller could easily wind up as an alien character. Tyler may also wind up in a savage turn, playing the latest member of the Ravagers, which also features Gunn’s brother Sean. No matter where he ends up, with a soundtrack stuffed full of classic tunes and cranked to eleven, Steven Tyler will be right at home.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020. Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is currently without a release date.