With the idea of Mark Hamill joining the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 suddenly seeming likely, let’s take a look at some of the characters he could play. Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is set to shoot early next year, meaning details on the film should begin coming in over the coming months. James Gunn, the writer and director of the film, is an avid social media user. Because of that, we’ve learned a lot of interesting tidbits about the film. And we may even know one of the movie’s big cameos.
This weekend, a fan sparked a discussion between Gunn and Mark Hamill about the veteran Star Wars actor joining Disney’s other big cosmic adventure franchise. Both parties seemed game and Hamill’s involvement in some corner of the MCU does seem a foregone conclusion. Countless actors have jumped between both universes and Gunn proved in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that he’s a fan of packing his films with cameos. In fact, Hamill lines up perfectly with the casting decisions we’ve seen so far for the original Ravagers/Guardians, meaning a number of characters from the comic book team could be reworked for Hamill. After all, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell hardly resemble their comic counterparts. The MCU has also begun placing eccentric actors as the Elders of the Universe, and Hamill would certainly pair nicely with both Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster and Benecio del Toro’s Collector.
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Mark Hamill Could Plan An Elder of the Universe
The tag at the end of Thor: The Dark World first introduced the Elders of the Universe to the MCU when the God of Thunder and his friends brought the Aether (aka the Reality Stone) to the Collector. It wasn’t until Guardians of the Galaxy, however, that we got more of Benecio del Toro in the role as he channeled the eccentric character who lives amidst his collection of things, creatures, and people. The scene was a treasure trove of Easter eggs and also gave us the first backstory for the Infinity Stones and teased the Celestials. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 then teased that the Elders, including Ego the Living Planet, may themselves be called Celestials in the MCU—thus combining the two cosmic groups.
Finally, Thor: Ragnarok brought in Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, removing his blue skin and lining his look up with his brother the Collector. When the idea of Hamill joining the MCU first emerged, it wasn’t hard to imagine him playing yet another of these wizened oddballs who each operate in their own corner of the universe. And given how many relatively minor and obscure Elders there are in Marvel comics, it’s easy to imagine Gunn plucking one and adapting him for Hamill.
The Collector first appeared in 1966’s Avengers #28, but it wasn’t until issues #174 in 1978 that the idea of him being an Elder emerged. Since then, all sorts of other Elders have arrived, like the Astronomer, the Contemplator, the Trader, and the Explorer. Marvel even recently added the original Grandmaster, known as the Challenger, to the comics. Fans have been pointing towards the Gardener, however, as a likely candidate for Hamill. Also know as Ord Zyonz, the Gardener was creating by Bill Mantlo (who also dreamt up Rocket Raccoon) for 1977’s Marvel Team-Up #55. As his name implies, he keeps a garden (on Earth’s moon, no less) and has possessed multiple Infinity Stones in his time. Many of his traits were given to the human form of Ego in the MCU, but there’s no shortage of other Elders that Hamill could play.
Though many fans may simply know Hamill from his time as Luke Skywalker, his roles as the Trickster on both versions of The Flash and his long years voicing the Joker offer a taste of what he could bring to an Elder. And with the possibility of him joining a Grandmaster and Collector team-up, it’s easy to imagine Gunn choosing one of the cosmic characters for Hamill and adding him to the family.
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