The Star Trek actor/writer Simon Pegg has revealed his first choice for the superhero he would like to play onscreen, and it's Captain Britain. While he is currently a major part of that sci-fi franchise as Scotty, as well as Benji in the Mission: Impossible films, he was asked which comic book character he wants to portray in a movie and he stated that it would be Marvel's Captain Britain.
Captain Britain first appeared in comics produced by the UK branch of Marvel in 1976. Originally limited to that territory, the character was an obvious alternative to Captain America. The early stories drew on English mythology and were written by famous names such as Chris Claremont and Alan Moore. The superhero was the alter-ego of Brian Braddock and was sworn to uphold the country's law and protect its people. As the character became more popular, he gradually became more integral to the Marvel Universe, and took important parts in major storylines like Secret Invasion and House of M. His sister Betsy Braddock does sort of exist in the Fox X-Men Universe as Psylocke, played by Olivia Munn in X-Men: Apocalypse. In 2016, there were teases that a Captain Britain TV series was being developed, but that never seemingly left planning stages.
During an interview with Joblo, Pegg was asked which superhero he had grown up with and wanted to play. He responded:
"I mean, Captain Britain was this Marvel superhero that I loved growing up, 'cause he was the British member of that community. I even have a Captain Britain mask when I was a kid, but I fear I would probably be slightly too old now, but if they do have... If a Captain Britain movie comes about, they're gonna need a British cast, so... I'll be waiting"
It's an obvious but popular choice with Brit actors, and Marvel Studios might have underestimated the UK's fondness for the character. It's only been a short time since MCU's Loki Tom Hiddleston said that he wanted to play Captain Britain (or Galactus). Although Hiddleston's response indicated that he has much less knowledge of the character than Pegg does and presumably didn't own a mask as a child. Christian Bale was another actor linked to the role previously, although that was mostly wish fulfillment. Officially, the hero has yet to get a mention in the current phase of Marvel Studios films, but Kevin Feige has confirmed talks about introducing him to the MCU. If it does happen, it would likely be part of Phase 4. It wouldn't be a stretch of comic book history, as Braddock was part of The Avengers at one point and was even roommates with Peter Parker.
Pegg is realistic about his chances of playing the character and cites his age as a factor, although there have been plenty of appearances by mature versions of Braddock over the years in various stories. But the actor is also a skilled writer and scribed Star Trek Beyond, along with contributions to sci-fi comedies Paul and The World's End. So if a Captain Britain movie does ever go into development, Pegg should certainly be up for consideration as either part of the cast or the writer.
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