While the Marvel Cinematic Universe of Marvel Studios has had its own fair share of big-name actors and actresses appearing in its films as either the main star or a one-off guest role, major celebrities aren’t actually being actively sought by the studio, nor are the stars asking for parts.
There are some exceptions every now and then, however. Actor Gary Oldman has just recently come to town as Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the British war drama Darkest Hour, which earned him a Golden Globe and a SAG Award, but he’s also interested in a role in the MCU.
Oldman may have already established his enduring roles as either Sirius Black in Harry Potter or Commissioner Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. But while attending the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards on January 21 he reveals that his children were pushing for him to be a Marvel movie character.
While being interviewed by People on the red carpet, the 59-year-old actor decided to do a shout-out to Marvel Studios for possible future film roles. “Marvel hasn’t called me,” notes Oldman regarding the film studio. “But now that you mentioned it, if they’re tuning in, my son wants me to!”
Other major film stars who have been in the MCU include Jeff Bridges as the antagonist of the first Iron Man film, Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym/the original Ant-Man, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Michael Keaton as the bad guy in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The chances of Gary Oldman getting into the MCU soon isn’t too good considering the considerable advance preparations done by Marvel Studios for their film installments. Movies have been scheduled for release as early as two years beforehand. But maybe now the Disney subsidiary knows he’s interested.