Ever since the boom of the modern superhero movie, we’ve heard actors of all calibers shift their interests to the currently most profitable facet of nerd culture and Hollywood. From Academy Award watcher Tyrese Gibson‘s borderline embarassing Twitter campaign to play Green Lantern to Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston‘s interest in playing Mister Sinister, it’s no joke that everyone wants a piece of that comic book movie cake. And now even Broadway superstars want a stab at it. During last Friday’s episode of the Youtube film podcast Meet the Movie Press, host Simon Thompson revealed that in a recent interview, future E.G.O.T. winner Lin-Manuel Miranda expressed interest in playing one of them comic book characters. The character in question: Carnage.
“He (Miranda) is a big fan of Marvel. And there is one particular character that he would actually like to play. It’s Carnage. He said if Disney and Marvel were looking at doing a Maximum Carnage movie or bringing Carnage in (the MCU) as a character, he wants to be Carnage. Genuinely as a fan, he would love to play Carnage. That’s a goal of his.”
Normally, the “Actor Wants to Be In A Well Paying Blockbuster Movie” headline isn’t all that interesting, but this one in particular is because of three things. One, the idea of Miranda playing Carnage is awesome-ly left field. If you think about casting Carnage, you think ‘redhead Caucasian actor with an eccentric demeanor.’ and not Miranda, a person of color most known for writing and starring in the Broadway rap-musical about America’s founding fathers in Hamilton. Second, Miranda has a solid relationship with Disney. Aside for penning the theme song of the upcoming Moana, Miranda has major involvements in some of the upcoming Disney movies, most notably starring in the upcoming Mary Poppins remake. Being in the House of Mouse makes for an easy shoe-in should the possibility of introducing Carnage happen. Third, the fact that Miranda wants to play this B-list Spider-Man villain and his mention of Maximum Carnage shows that more than anything, he’s a fan of the source material. Granted Carnage isn’t that much of a compelling character to begin with and Maximum Carnage is far from a great story but it’s not often you hear actors express some genuine love and knowledge for the thing they want to be involved with.
So what say you Carnage fans? Would you like to see Lin-Manuel Miranda possibly play Carnage in the MCU in the coming years? Sound off in the comments below!
Source: Meet the Movie Press