Over the years, Marvel has managed to secure a wide range of talent for their projects on both the small and big screen. On the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have talent such as Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk on Daredevil), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple on the Netflix shows), and Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard in Luke Cage). And then over on the film side, we’ve seen talent such as Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce), Glenn Close (Nova Prime), and Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) join the Marvel family. Yet, with each new project, it feels as though they’ve managed to outdo themselves yet again regarding casting. With that said, there are also some potential castings that don’t work out. One of those being the highly regarded actor, Giancarlo Esposito.
Although Marvel TV has managed to grow into something special, creating some of the best moments within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the disconnect from the film division has been a big thorn in its side. As much as fans – and cast members – would love to see the television characters appear in the films, it has become clear the chances of that actually happening are slim to none. Something potential actors looking into joining a Marvel TV production are beginning to consider. Which brings us back to Esposito. In a recent interview with the folks over at Comicbook.com, the actor revealed that he was offered a part in a Marvel TV production, but ultimately turned it down in hopes of landing a gig on the film side of the MCU.
“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,” Esposito said. “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.”
It’s interesting to hear Esposito acknowledge the disconnect between the TV & film departments. Especially considering those involved with Marvel TV still seem to contain some sort of hope regarding a possible crossover. Unfortunately, Esposito doesn’t divulge much more information concerning what project he’d originally been talking to Marvel TV about and what role it was for, so that’s all a guessing game at this time. However, I can’t deny that I’d rather see Esposito used on the film side than the TV side. He’s an excellent actor.
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