Giancarlo Esposito Turned Down A Marvel TV Show In Hopes Of Getting Into The Marvel Films

Last week, I wrote extensively about the downsides of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, which spans both TV and film. While I very much appreciate the ambition and idea of the universe, I feel that due to the bifurcated nature of Marvel Studios (the film studio) and Marvel TV (the TV studio), not enough is being done to truly make them all one truly cohesive universe. Yes, the TV universe can refer to the films, but good luck getting Marvel Studios to acknowledge that Daredevil is running around Hell’s Kitchen, or that Coulson is still alive. 

Well, in addition to Marvel not taking advantage of the world they’ve created, it sounds like they’re getting an unintended consequence from at least one well known actor — Giancarlo Esposito.

In an interview with, the Breaking Bad and Jungle Book thespian revealed that he’d been approached to take on a role for a Marvel TV show, but he’d turned it down, because he knew that if he landed in a TV show, he’d never get a chance to appear in the movies.

“I know the Marvel world exists on the Disney lot. I love those guys at Marvel. We’ve been trying to figure out how to collaborate on something. I’m hoping that it is something. They came to me with something for their television department, then I realized if I did that, I’d never be able to have that same character be in that film department. Once you’re in a Marvel character in the television version, you have to stay in the particular character. They can’t carry that over to film.”

Of course, it isn’t unheard of for actors to cross streams, but in most cases, the character starts out in the movies and then makes guest appearances in the show. Characters like Coulson, Lady Sif, and Nick Fury, for instance, have all appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at some point.

Additionally, in the past, actors have showed up in the films as one character, and then in another film as a completely different character. The same thing applies for the TV front (You can check out all those instances HERE). But I can’t, for the life of me, think of an instance where an actor jumped from TV to film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — in either the same role or a different one.

So it’s a valid concern that Esposito has with this, and is yet another instance where having this illusion of a shared universe can be seen as a bad thing. Were these two separate universes, he’d be able to star in both with no problem.

But, of course, that’s just one writer’s opinion. What do you think of news that Esposito is holding out for a Marvel Studios flick? Is this a smart move on the part of the actor? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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