Laurence Fishburne is teasing a secret project he's working on with Marvel Studios aside from his upcoming role in Ant-Man and The Wasp. The actor, who was known primarily for his role as Morpheus in the Wachowskis' The Matrix series, joined Warner Bros. burgeoning DC cinematic universe (unofficially known as the DCEU) by playing Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White in Zack Snyder's 2013 film, Man of Steel. He reprised his role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 but won't be seen in Justice League.
Fishburne was offered to appear in the upcoming superhero team-up movie, but a scheduling conflict prevented him from reprising his role for the second time. Instead, the next comic book movie he'll be seen in is Peyton Reed's Ant-Man and The Wasp, playing the character Bill Foster, one of Hank Pym's (Michael Douglas) former assistants and the second Giant-Man known as Black Goliath. The thing is, the upcoming Ant-Man sequel isn't the only project Fishburne has in the works with Marvel Studios.
In an interview with Collider for his latest film, Last Flag Flying, Fishburne briefly discussed his role as Bill Foster and then subtly teased another Marvel-related project he's working on, one that he actually pitched to them. You can read his comments below:
“I’ve got black-ish going on, I’m developing something else for Marvel that I can’t talk about. It’s gonna be really cool. It’s gonna change the world, we hope (laughs). I went to Marvel and pitched them something that really couldn’t work out—there was a lot of legal red tape that just [was] something they couldn’t work out. But then they came back with the offer for Ant-Man and the Wasp and then they said, ‘Hey, what do you think of this?’ and I went ‘Oh yeah that, yes!’ so…"
Considering that his Ant-Man and The Wasp character is a superhero in his own right, it's possible, though somewhat unlikely, that Marvel Studios may spinoff his character into his own movie. They've done it before and they can certainly do it again. However, the studio plans on exploring the cosmic side of the shared universe following the close-out of Anthony and Joe Russo's Avengers 4, and they may first want to see how Ryan Coogler's Black Panther - the studio's first black superhero movie as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - performs before committing to another black superhero flick.
Then again, Fishburne was talking about the project having lots of red tape, and that could also mean some form of collaboration with either Sony Pictures or 20th Century Fox, but that's even more unlikely (outside of Marvel's current agreement with Sony for Spider-Man). Unfortunately, fans will just have to wait and see what the project ends up being.
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018