With roles in Event Horizon, the Matrix trilogy, the Fantastic Four: Rise of of the Silver Surfer, Predators, Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman, Laurence Fishburne has built a healthy sci-fi/comic book resume over the past 20 years. Fishburne has now made the jump into the MCU with his upcoming role as Bill Foster in 2018’s Ant-Man and The Wasp and, if he has his way, it won’t be the only MCU project with his name attached to it.
While discussing how he actually pitched himself to Marvel Studios for the role, Fishburne revealed that he had an idea for a Marvel Studios project and it has our interest piqued:
I have figured out how to get myself into the Marvel Universe… I can only tell you that I, as a comic reader from childhood, I was a Marvel guy primarily because I grew up in New York City in the 60s and 70s when Marvel was really touching on everything that was happening in my world. It was reflected in the books and in the stories they were telling. So I went to them and pitched them a couple of ideas and basically said, ‘Look, if there’s anything I can do that makes sense for me to do in the Marvel universe, I would love to be involved. So they came to me with an offer to be Bill Foster in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
As he continued on talking about his schedule, he brought up the mystery project one more time, saying:
I’ve got black-ish going on, I’m developing something else for Marvel that I can’t talk about. It’s gonna be really cool. It’s gonna change the world, we hope (laughs). I went to Marvel and pitched them something that really couldn’t work out—there was a lot of legal red tape that just [was] something they couldn’t work out. But then they came back with the offer for Ant-Man and the Wasp and then they said, ‘Hey, what do you think of this?’ and I went ‘Oh yeah that, yes!’ so…
So it sounds like Fishburne had an idea that didn’t work out at the time for legal reasons but that perhaps now could? While we have no indication if it’s an idea for a movie, TV series or even a comic, it’s just guess work but given his comments about growing up in New York in the 1960s and 70s and how Marvel comics touched on what was going on in his world we had a few ideas ourselves about things we’d like to see Fishburne get involved in.
We’ve talked in depth before about why bringing Blue Marvel to the big screen could be a brilliant move for Marvel Studios and now seems like a good time to think about it again. Not only does the film fit the Cosmic theme that James Gunn has been hinting about, it could also potentially deal with some very serious societal issues. While that might make some folks uncomfortable, Marvel Comics certainly didn’t shy away from social commentary then, or now, and a Blue Marvel film could really put some things into perspective.
Fishburne could be the perfect person to drive this project forward given his background in high concept sci-fi (Event Horizon and The Matrix). We can only hope Blue Marvel makes it to the screen and the idea of Fishburne pitching it is pretty interesting.
Not too awfully long ago, Marvel couldn’t have developed any Blade-related projects because the live-action rights still belonged to New Line Cinema. Over the past 4 years, word has continued to circulate that Marvel has plans for the character and we’re thinking we’d love to see Fishburne bring the Daywalker (a role for which he was considered in when the original Blade film was being developed) back to life.
The character of Eric Brooks/Blade was first brought to life back in 1973 and while the films kept his cast of characters quite small, he found himself involved with characters all across the Marvel Universe. A Blade film could not only bring the character back to the big screen but also open up a whole other road down which Marvel Studios films could travel. With Fox’s foraying into horror with New Mutants, perhaps Fishburne could not only put Blade back on the radar but also take the character to all-new heights.
This probably falls much more into the realm of things we wish would happen than anything, but we could also see a 10-year old Fishburne getting lost in the pages of Roy Thomas’ Avengers as he contemplated the existence of parallel universes.
Given all the time travel and dimensional shenanigans that appear to be afoot in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 and the introduction of the Grandmaster (the man responsible for the Squadron Supreme in the first place) we are certainly hopeful that we see this crew make the move to the big screen.
Of course there are so many options here we could keep going for a while and the comments also seem to indicate that this project could be one that was previously tied up with another studio, so the answer is probably eluding us. We are curious, however, what project you think Fishburne might be working on, so let us hear from you in the comments!