I remember growing up and it was a huge when you actually got amazing actors to portray our favorite superheroes on screen. Oftentimes, it wasn’t even the critically-acclaimed ones, but the mainstream ones who got the gig. After all, the studios needed to sell these films to that mainstream audience, right?
For the longest time, the superhero club was home to only a few handfuls of actors — oftentimes known more for their heat of the era than actual acclaim. Now, with the onset of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox’s X-Men Cinematic Universe, and DC’s Extended Universe, as well as numerous shows on TV, it seems like the number of actors not involved in these superhero properties is becoming a minority. Even all-time greats like William Hurt and Robert Redford have come into the fold in pivotal roles.
When questioning an actor about their ambitions, it’s become common to ask if an actor is willing to hop into the fray.
When at a New York Comic Con panel this Thursday (via Bustle), during a Doctor Who panel, a fan asked the Eleventh Doctor himself, Matt Smith, if he would ever join the Marvel franchise.
"My answer is... when will they ask me?” was Smith’s coy reply.
Of course, Smith isn’t the only Doctor to hop on the Marvel bandwagon. The Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston joined the disappointing Thor: The Dark World as the even more disappointing villain, Malekith. David Tentant, the Tenth Doctor, fared much better in his villainy when he joined Jessica Jones as the mentally demented Kilgrave.
This leaves only Smith and Peter Capaldi to join up with the MCU, and while I’d be silly to equate my favorite Doctor to acting ability…Matt Smith did portray my favorite iteration of the Doctor thus far. Additionally, Smith is a talented actor who, for one reason or another, can’t seem to find his hit. He joined Terminator Genisys, to disappointing effect, and the same could be said for his role in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — and it’s not for lack of talent. The man just can't seem to find a mainstream hit.
It would be kind of nice to see him join the Marvel Cinematic Universe — though I probably couldn’t see him in the role of a villain or superhero. Instead, I’d like to see him in more of a human side role — maybe a computer tech guy who helps out the Avengers or Defenders.
Regardless, I think Smith would be a good fit for the MCU, Marvel Studios would just need to find the right role.
What do you think? Would you like to see Smith in the MCU? If so, what role can you see him playing? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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