He’s already appeared in one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved superhero franchises of all-time, but former Commissioner Gordon, Gary Oldman, remains open to switching sides and swapping the DC universe for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While attending the SAG Awards, Oldman – who picked up the gong for Best Actor that evening for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour – was asked whether he’d be interested in playing a role in the MCU. The British actor admitted he hadn’t been contacted as yet, but encouraged the studio to get in touch as his son is keen for him to sign up.
“Marvel hasn’t called me. But now that you mentioned it, if they’re tuning in, my son wants me to!”
The question now is: who would be the perfect character for Oldman to play? A few supervillains spring to mind first, such as Doctor Octopus or Norman Osborn. Sticking with the Spider-Man mythos, though, the role that’s really perfect for Oldman is J. Jonah Jameson. After all, former JJJ, J.K. Simmons, is now playing Gordon in the DCEU – so why shouldn’t Oldman pinch his previous part to return the favour?
In all seriousness though, Oldman genuinely could be a brilliant Jameson, as there are few actors who could match up to Simmons’ turn as the Daily Bugle boss in the original Spider-Man trilogy. After all, it’s pretty much one of the most iconic performances in the superhero movie genre. However, someone of Oldman’s calibre might just be able to pull it off.
All that said, Oldman signing up for the Marvel Cinematic Universe would likely cause a certain amount of controversy. In amongst this career high for the actor, previous allegations of domestic abuse against him have come back into the spotlight, leading many to bemoan his current awards success.
We’ll have to see what the future holds for Gary Oldman, be it a Marvel movie role or not. But what are your thoughts on all this? Would you like to see him in the MCU one day? Sound off in the usual place and let us know!