The Marvel Cinematic Universe is continually going from strength to strength, so the studio will no doubt keep on raiding the back catalogue of the comics universe for many more characters in the hope of turning them into the next Iron Man or Black Panther. If they’re looking for another hit on the level of Captain America, though, they might want to try England’s very own counterpart to Steve Rogers – the aptly-named Captain Britain.
While there’s been nothing to say he’ll ever show up on the big screen, if a movie featuring the character was to ever come to fruition, one popular British actor has put their name forward to feature in it in some capacity – Star Trek‘s Simon Pegg. The actor and all-round geek hero revealed to JoBlo that he’s loved Captain Britain since childhood and would be keen to take part in a film featuring the character, even if he feels he’s too old to play the titular hero (real name: Brian Braddock).
“I mean, Captain Britain was this Marvel superhero that I loved growing up, ’cause he was the British member of that community. I even have a Captain Britain mask when I was a kid, but I fear I would probably be slightly too old now, but if they do have… If a Captain Britain movie comes about, they’re gonna need a British cast, so… I’ll be waiting”
At the moment, we’re not sure that Marvel Studios could tackle Captain Britain even if they wanted to, as he’s typically been tied in with the X-Men side of the comics universe. We imagine, then, that Fox at least have partial rights to the character. Of course, this might not be a problem soon if that Disney-Fox merger goes through, giving Marvel the X-Men toy box to play with.
We’re operating purely in the realms of speculation here, but it’s also worth noting that the Secret Invasion comic book storyline relaunched the English hero in a new direction on the page. And rumor has it that Avengers 4 is going to set up an adaptation of this particular arc for Phase Four. So perhaps we’ll get a Captain Britain movie after all? Time will tell, but if it does happen, Marvel would be wise to give Pegg a call.