The Eleventh Doctor is still angling for a role within the MCU. Speaking at a recent expo, actor Matt Smith stated that all Marvel Studios has to do is to get in touch with him, and he’d be available for the right part. Somebody at Marvel doesn’t seem to be getting the hint, though, as it’s not the first time he’s mentioned this ambition.
Smith is justifiably recognized for his role as the eleventh regeneration of the Time Lord in Doctor Who and is generally regarded as being one of the most popular recent versions of the character, arguably just behind David Tennant. He played the Doctor in the BBC series between 2010 and 2014, as well as appearing in a couple of specials and sketches as the character before Peter Capaldi took over the role. Since then he has appeared in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River, as well as an eye-catching part as the embodiment of Skynet in Terminator: Genisys. He also featured in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as a less than heroic character, and portrays Prince Philip in the Netflix biographical drama series The Crown.
But he obviously has his heart set on playing a Marvel comics character at some point. Speaking at a recent panel during Fan Expo Canada, ComicBook reported that Smith confirmed he’s certainly open to joining the MCU, and all they have to do is call him. He said:
“I’d love to. They’ve got to ask me though, the swines … But it would have to be the right project … It would have to be something that felt different enough to Doctor Who. I love so many of those movies and I love Nebula, because Karen’s blue. With no hair. Anyway, I’d love to. If you’re listening, Marvel.”
It was only a year ago that Smith said virtually the same thing during a panel discussion at the New York Comic-Con, so it’s something that he’s obviously sincere about. Doctor Who has a strong history for supplying the MCU with actors; as well as Karen Gillan as Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Christopher Eccleston became Thor: The Dark World’s Malekith and Tennant was Jessica Jones‘ Kilgrave. Smith’s previous companion Arthur Darvill is even established as a regular in the DC Arrowverse, as the Time Master Rip Hunter in Legends of Tomorrow.
Smith is a likable and charismatic actor, so it would be great to see him as an established character in a Marvel Studio film, or as part of a Netflix series. The actor is more than willing — how many times can he say it? — so it’ll be interesting to see if somebody eventually gives him a call. Smith’s name was linked with the Sony Venom film at one point, so it may only be a matter of time before his wish comes true.
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