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Shazam! Star Says Playing Reed Richards Would Be Fun

Countless actors have crossed the Marvel/DC divide over the years; even though each company has their own cinematic universe, that doesn't mean people can't appear in both of them (sometimes, at the same time). Just last month, Idris Elba made his debut as the DCEU's Bloodsport, having spent a decade as MCU's Heimdall, and it isn't just restricted to the rival mythologies.

Countless actors have crossed the Marvel/DC divide over the years; even though each company has their own cinematic universe, that doesn’t mean people can’t appear in both of them (sometimes, at the same time). Just last month, Idris Elba made his debut as the DCEU’s Bloodsport, having spent a decade as MCU’s Heimdall, and it isn’t just restricted to the rival mythologies.

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Gemma Chan played Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel two years ago, but she was recast and awarded top billing in Eternals; it helps that the two characters couldn’t look more different. Having eventually been cast as Fandral in Thor: The Dark World, Zachary Levi found a superhero role worthy of his talents when he landed the lead in Shazam!.

In a new interview, Levi admitted he always wanted to be Deadpool, but he also said that Fantastic Four‘s Reed Richards could be a lot of fun.

“For years I’ve wanted to be Deadpool. I was so jealous Ryan, he rocked that. When you see somebody do something that you’ve wanted to do for a long time, and they do it great, you’re like, ‘Kudos, rock ‘n roll’. Reed Richards would be kind of fun. To be truthful, I don’t even really allow myself to go down those roads because I’m so good. I’m so set. I even get to be Captain Marvel/Shazam!/Billy Batson, it’s such a fun dream role. It’s got so much different DNA than almost every other superhero.”

Kevin Feige teased that Fantastic Four casting announcements could be closer than we think, but it’s probably safe to assume that Levi isn’t on the wish-list for Reed Richards. After all, he’s happy as one of the DCEU’s leading lights, and hopes he gets to throw down opposite Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam one day in the future, so he likely wouldn’t want to impact his schedule by jumping ship to Marvel.


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