Marvel receives gift on a silver platter after star actor reveals desire to be in MCU

The latest actor to reveal a desire to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the great Jon Hamm and Kevin Feige should do everything he can to make it happen.
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Some actors feel it is necessary to not just express their lack of desire to work on any project in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but to be disrespectful in their refusal. Emily Blunt is the most recent example of this. While promoting The Fall Guy, a movie that bombed at the box office, she revealed that she takes pride in saying that she would never do a superhero movie.

I find that to be utterly ridiculous, as superhero movies have so many different tones that you can make them into pretty much anything you want them to be. If you want a spy thriller, a vampire slayer, a grounded story of triumph, etc., the possibilities are endless. Many seem to blame Marvel for the volatile state of the theater experience. I'm not here to tell you they are right or wrong about what's required to get people to go to the movies. What I will say is that they better get with it or get lost.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die is a perfect example of a movie without superheroes that performed well in theaters. The only thing consistent in life is change, and evolution showed up. Despite the constant disrespect the MCU receives, others feel the complete opposite, and it's always refreshing to hear a big-name actor state their aspiration to join Marvel Studios' roster.

Jon Hamm would be a great addition to the MCU

This isn't one of those instances where I have to tell you who Jon Hamm is. He is a very popular and skilled actor. I'd say he's probably one of the most respected for his craft in the mainstream right now. He's an amazing actor and apparently really wants to be in the MCU.

"I’ve pitched myself for a couple parts of the Marvel universe, I don’t want to say what exactly, but it was a part of a comic book that I really liked. I was like, 'Are you going to do this story?' And they were like, 'Yeah, we’re actually thinking of that.' I go, 'Good. I should be the guy.' So maybe it’ll work out," Hamm told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that he'd love to follow in the footsteps of one particular Marvel actor and join the MCU. "I look at a guy like Jeff Goldblum’s career — and I know Jeff a bit, we used to have the same therapist — and I’m just like, 'God, how awesome to be able to do all the things he’s done.' He had his leading man phase, and he does Marvel and he’ll just roll through and steal the scene, and then he’s doing commercials and he’s funny as shit. I see him out and he’s happy. So, consciously or not, I’m modeling my life to be that: varied and happy and fulfilled."

It's interesting to hear this news in this fashion because it says that he has yet to be cast in any role. If he wants in, Kevin Feige should be falling over himself to get Hamm involved.

The hold-up has to be that whatever role Hamm is interested in doesn't fit in the Multiverse Saga in progress, which leads me to believe the same for the X-Men storyline on the horizon. So, what role does Hamm want to play? That's a mystery that I can't even pretend to have a guess for. If I had my way, I would cast him as Cyclops. He has the perfect look and the range to be the leader who wrestles with the emotional depth involved in fighting the oppression of mutants with morality.

He is 53 years old, so he's probably aged out of the role if Marvel wants to go with a youth movement. It would be a smart decision to stretch the runway of the X-Men as long as possible since it's one of the more popular IPs, but there are always ways to bring a guy in for limited or recurring roles. They got John Krasinski to play fan-inspired Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, so they can do anything.

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