The Marvel Cinematic Universe changed the modern film landscape, convincing the major studios that a shared universe was the key to conquering Hollywood. As studios like Warner Bros. and Universal race to catch up, the MCU continues to expand with two new films being released each year. While many are still waiting Marvel Studios to make a financial blunder, even their least profitable films are pulling in more than respectable numbers.
The ever-growing franchise continually attracts an incredible pool of new and established talent, from Oscar-winning actors to fan-favorite directors. Though many of the main players are nearing the ends of their contracts with the studio, most are happy to negotiate for a longer stay in the MCU. However, one question has pervaded the structuring of the universe: can an actor portray more than one character?
Speaking with Den of Geek, Zachary Levi gave some insight about the possible answer. The actor played Fandral in Thor: The Dark World (a role he took over from Josh Dallas) and when asked about making a return for Thor: Ragnarok, the actor made a comment about other Marvel roles he might like to play. When pressed on this point, Levi revealed the following:
“I had a very interesting talk with Kevin Feige early on about it all and he said, ‘Look, it doesn’t preclude you from playing another Marvel character.’ Chris Evans was The Human Torch and Captain America. Ray Stevenson was The Punisher and Volstagg. I did point out to him, ‘In fairness, neither ‘Fantastic Four’ nor ‘The Punisher’ was actually a Marvel movie. You were a part of it, but they were produced by other studios.” But he said ‘Look, I totally understand that but don’t worry about it.’ I don’t know, if there’s a right role that comes along and they want me to play it, I’d love to.”
As Levi pointed out, there hasn’t really been much crossover in terms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself. However, that hasn’t stopped some actors from trying to earn multiple roles. Vin Diesel wants to play Black Bolt of the Inhumans, though he is already the voice actor for Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Groot. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who played Algrim/Kurse in Thor: The Dark World, has previously hinted that he has talked with Marvel about future roles.
Of course, both of these examples are more likely because of the nature of their roles. Diesel only provides a voice for Groot and Akinnouye-Agbaje’s appearance was altered as Algrim, and more drastically as Kurse.
If what Levi said is true, that would open up exciting possibilities for actors who had small roles in the universe, but were recognizably human. For example, Natalie Dormer would not be discounted for the role of Captain Marvel just because she played a supporting role in Captain America: The First Avenger. Convoluted theories that would try to connect the two characters would no longer matter. Now that Kevin Fiege has more control over the MCU, he could simply recast Dormer in the role and ignore her history with the franchise.
Marvel Studios puts an emphasis on casting actors who can carry on the franchise as iconic characters. This news might not have a major impact on future casting, but it’s good to know that one more hurdle is out of the studio’s way in terms of finding the perfect fit for their characters.
Zachary Levi stars in Heroes Reborn debuting on September 24, 2015.
Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.
Source: Den of Geek