Idris Elba will take his first step into the Marvel movie universe next year as Heimdall in Kenneth Branagh’s highly-anticipated Thor. But could the actor pop up in other Marvel movies down the road?

Speaking with Total Film recently about his role as Alex Cross in David Twohy’s reboot of the popular crime franchise, Elba explained that he had a multi-picture deal with Marvel and that he would be back for other films. Elba didn’t say specifically what films he would appear in, but he did make mention of two possible characters he would like to play: the vampire hunter Blade and “Hero for HireLuke Cage.

The key word in that last sentence is like. What Elba would like to star in, versus what Marvel would like for him, may be two entirely separate things. In May, we reported that Marvel was in early negotiations with a “notable Hollywood star,” for Luke Cage, so it’s definitely a possibility that Elba was offered the part. In any case, Elba would be an excellent choice for Luke Cage and I hope that Marvel at least considers the possibility.

Since his brilliant turn as the intellectual but ruthless gangster Stringer Bell in HBO’s The Wire, Idris Elba has become a hot commodity in Hollywood and it’s no wonder why. Elba possesses a considerable array of talents: He can play smart and sophisticated, but he’s just as capable in the world of high-intensity action. Elba most recently showed off his action skills alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Evans in The Losers, Sylvain White’s enjoyable adaptation of the popular Vertigo comic book series.

Luke Cage is not one of Marvel’s most recognizable characters among general audiences, but he is exceedingly popular among comic book fans. Casting Idris Elba in the part would give Marvel someone who is liked among fanboys, but who is also at least somewhat recognizable for general audiences – a win-win situation. As much as I admire “Old Spice Guy” Isaiah Mustafa’s efforts to lobby for the part of Cage, Marvel would be undoubtedly be smart to sign Idris Elba for the role.

We’ll let you know what transpires on the Luke Cage front. Stay turned.

Source: Total Film