Keanu Reeves has the perfect expertise as a comedic, dramatic and action-driven performer to make for an ideal Marvel Man within the MCU.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is increasing in all types of the way, formally escalating the conflicts of the franchise to a multiversal scale. However some spotlights are set to fall on extra grounded characters and storylines — such because the upcoming Marvel Man, which guarantees to poke enjoyable on the business it is part of. There’s nonetheless hypothesis over who might tackle the position of Simon Williams — a deceptively advanced character that doubtless requires a performer who can juggle comedy, motion and drama in equal measure. However there could also be no higher match for the half in Hollywood than Keanu Reeves.
Throughout the Marvel Universe, Simon Williams is one thing of a novel fixture. Launched as an enemy of The Avengers whose morality led to him sacrificing his life for the staff, prolonged publicity to ionic power infused him with wonderful skills, together with persistent survivability, whatever the accidents or assaults carried out in opposition to him. Marvel Man has bounced again from all the things and has shifted over time from supporting character to main Avenger to even briefly returning to villainy. Marvel Man has develop into one thing of a pacifist within the fashionable period, offering a novel counterbalance to his standing as somebody who might theoretically go toe-to-toe with the Hulk.
The character is presently poised to come back to the MCU, courtesy of a Disney+ collection by Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton. It would reportedly be an prolonged parody of the movie and tv industries — specializing in Simon’s standing as a superhero who moonlights as an actor and stunt double. No casting bulletins have been formally made but, which means there are many individuals who might slide into the position, together with former Superman Henry Cavil. However the very best individual for the half could be one other fashionable motion star, albeit one with loads extra Hollywood expertise.
Establishing himself on the tail-end of the Eighties with Invoice & Ted’s Glorious Journey, Reeves was some of the constant stars of the Nineteen Nineties — showing in critically-acclaimed dramas like The Satan’s Advocate and taking the central position within the immediately iconic The Matrix. Reeves discovered himself in a resurgence within the final decade, because of his starring position within the John Wick movies. In consequence, it is apparent that he has the motion expertise to deliver a sure degree of motion to Simon Williams. Reeves’ time with sensible fight coaching and familiarity with CGI makes him superb for bringing an MCU character to life. He is additionally a comic book adaptation veteran, given his titular position in Constantine.
However Simon could be the perfect vessel for Reeves to take action whereas calling again to the character’s comedian ebook roots. Reeves has all the time been a quietly hilarious presence when known as upon — with movies like Invoice & Ted Face the Music and At all times Be My Possibly proving he by no means misplaced that connection along with his extra comical aspect. A collection poking enjoyable on the movie business — particularly the stunts-heavy aspect — might be a pure match for Reeves, given his expertise.
Simon additionally has occasional flashes of pathos within the comics, with questions surrounding his potential immortality as an ionic being probably giving Reeves some dramatic components to discover with the character. Marvel Man is a difficult character to get proper. However Reeves might deliver a pure likability, comedic allure and expertise to a job that could be superb for poking enjoyable at a nook of the movie business he is spent loads of time in.