Getting a gig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t exactly seem like a walk in the park for actors. If you sign onto these films, there’s a good chance you’re signing away your soul for the foreseeable future, and should the studio decide your character needs to come back, you’re likely going to have to come back — at least that’s usually the case.
That doesn’t sound like it was the case for actor Kurt Russell, who was recently revealed as Ego the Living Planet in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Of course, Russell is an actor who’s been around for decades, so standard rules likely not apply to him. That being said, most other actors, when asked about their potential future in the MCU, tend to respond ecstatically. Not the case with Russell, who isn’t quite sure if there would be a place for him in the future of the franchise, as revealed in a recent interview with Fandango:
â€œWhat youâ€™d have to do is put your mind to itâ€¦You have to sit down and say, these are my issues â€“ these are my questions. Iâ€™m an audience too. We all run into our own integrity no matter what, as much as I hate to admit it. I need to find a way that this is going to grow and be fun and most of all for me it needs to be fun to find as we go along. Right now I got part of it â€“ we have to see. I donâ€™t know. I donâ€™t know if I fit into that mold.â€
Now, of course, we can’t take this quote out of context. Russell isn’t saying he won’t come back, but rather there would need to be a good reason for him to come back. As an actor, it’s easy to go back to the big roles for the money, but over time, that role may grow stale or creatively unfulfilling.
While this may have been a big problem in the past, I’d argue that Marvel’s done a solid job of making sure their characters are constantly evolving. Captain America: Civil War is a wonderful example of that. Just take a look at every character in that film compared to how they acted when they were introduced. Not only is it night and day, but it was believable. In addition, during the commentary of the film, one of the writers mentioned that he’s occasionally asked if he would prefer to go to smaller, character-based films. But in his mind, these Marvel film have just as much — if not more — character development than any indie picture.
This is all a roundabout way for me to say that if Marvel wanted to truly bring Russell back for another film, they’ll make sure the character evolution is interesting enough to entice Russell back in, because that’s what Marvel thrives on.
What do you think of Russell’s comments? Do you think Russell will be coming back, or do you think this is some indication that Ego may die in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Let us know your thoughts down below.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.
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