Marvel Studios likes to cast a mix of big names and up-and-coming talents in their projects. What's interesting is that a lot of the major roles tend to be cast with lesser-known actors, while many of the smaller ones turn into Marvel's excuse to have a major celebrity pop into a project.
While some big stars have been reluctant to get involved with superhero blockbuster projects, others are eager to hop on board, though some in less conventional ways than others.
AMY POEHLER'S DREAM MARVEL ROLE
On Late Night With Seth Meyers , actor Amy Poehler was asked about how she reacted to her friend Kathryn Hahn starring on WandaVision , and whether Poehler would also be up for playing a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She jokingly responded that she felt she might be a good fit to play a "bossy sister" character alongside Brie Larson's Captain Marvel or "somebody who's turning on the lasers."
Kathryn Hahn is a living legend, and one of the best actresses we have around, and she is incredible. But I do feel like there’s a lot of room in the Marvel Universe for people who could be just like the helpers. I feel like I could be Brie Larson’s bossy sister who’s not in the biz. I feel like there could be somebody who’s turning on the lasers, because you never see that. You never see who’s turning things on and off, who’s closing up the headquarters at night."
NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES
While Poehler commented on not getting to see many non-superpowered individuals get focus in the MCU, there have been several stand-out characters without outlandish abilities. Randall Park's Jimmy Woo and Kat Dennings' Darcy Lewis, who were most recently featured in WandaVision , are an FBI Agent and astrophysicist, respectively. Both characters are known for their great comedic lines in the projects they appear in, and this seems like the kind of role where Poehler could shine.
Still, Poehler is correct that there haven't been many characters just working on the sidelines without getting pulled into the action. As fans see more of their favorite heroes' personal lives, however (especially in the Disney+ series) there may be opportunities for characters like this to come into the fray.