Keanu Reeves might finally joing the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Marvel Studios is reportedly eyeing him for a role in The Eternals. Phase 4 of the famed superhero franchise is being kept tightly under wraps, with focus still on Spider-Man: Far From Home wrapping up Phase 3. But that doesn't mean that work stops for Kevin Feige and his team as they continue to map out the next several years of the series, with a slew of films in active development.
With both The Eternals and Black Widow film (now officially in production) expected to hit theaters next year, the Chloe Zhao-directed movie is currently busy finalizing its cast of characters. Tackling the cosmically-powered ancient beings, a slew of actors have reportedly joined the project, including Angelina Jolie signing on for a lead role (rumored to be Sersi), and Kumail Nanjiani, South Korean actor Ma Dong-seok and Richard Madden (rumored for Ikaris) in yet-to-be-confirmed roles. Another actor who might also join is Reeves, as Marvel Studios is supposedly trying to nab him for an unknown role.
According to MCU Cosmic (via CBR), Reeves is currently in the early stages of talks with Marvel Studios for a part in The Eternals. Sadly, no other information was given with regard to who he might play in the film. The publication vouched for the credibility of their anonymous source on this potential casting news, but it's important to note that they don't have the greatest track record when it comes to accuracy of early scoops, so it's best to wait for an official announcement before getting too attached to the idea of Reeves in the movie. Nonetheless, considering the actor's ability and charisma, fans would be happy to have him onboard the MCU.
This isn't the first time that Reeves has been in contact with Marvel Studios for a gig. At one point, he was their top choice to play Yon-Rogg in Captain Marvel opposite Brie Larson's titular character. However, due to scheduling conflicts with John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, he had to drop out of the role, which landed in Jude Law's lap eventually. Despite this, what's clear was both parties seem eager to work together - a good sign when one thinks about the chances of seeing Reeves in the MCU, whether or not it's for The Eternals. The fact that he's also in Toy Story 4 playing Duke Kaboom officially gets him in the Disney family, which likely makes it easier for Marvel Studios to sign him on.
Reeves is no stranger to superhero films. In 2005, he played John Constantine in Francis Lawrence's Constantine, and more recently, he expressed his desire to play the MCU's Wolverine - an indication that he's more than willing to jump back into the superhero universe. Couple that with his knack for executing action scenes in films such as The Matrix, Point Break, and the John Wick franchise, and he's the perfect actor to join the MCU in a prominent role. If Marvel Studios is truly keen on locking him in for The Eternals, including a schedule for filming, possible reshoots and the press tour, they need to act fast, with John Wick: Chapter 4 currently set to be released on May 21, 2021, meaning he'll probably be busy for the better part of next year working on it.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019