It's hard these days not to be aware of Dwayne Johnson's big upcoming outing as the titular star in Black Adam. Sure, it isn't in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it's still a pretty big deal. The actor has been working hard to get the anti-hero's movie made for over a decade now, a process that even included The Rock taking himself out of the Shazam! movie.
But now, that day is almost here, and Teth-Adam will finally get his hands dirty. To help spread the word of his arrival, Johnson was also able to squeeze in a cameo for his favorite character in the recent animated film DC's League of Super Pets.
His movie isn't even out yet, and The Rock is already setting his sights for a far more ambitious future: a potential crossover between DC Comics and Marvel. Yes, the world may want his character to go up against Henry Cavil's Superman, but imagine him going toe-to-toe with the likes of Thor or Doctor Strange.
But could such a timeline ever exist?
The Rock Teases the MCU vs. DCU
During an interview with Games Radar, Black Adam star Dwayne Johnson teased the possibility of a future where Marvel and DC crossover.
Johnson made it clear how he believes that both parties should "cross paths one day" and that he is "optimistic" that such a future can come to pass:
"I am optimistic... just my nature is optimistic. And especially when it comes to creative. Especially when it comes to movies. And especially when it comes to the pantheon of DC superheroes and supervillains. Across the street, we have the pantheon of superheroes and supervillains of Marvel. To me, they can not only exist, but they should, in my mind, cross paths one day."
Could Marvel and DC Clash?
If there were ever a future where such a ginormous crossover could happen, DC Comics would first need their own successful cinematic universe, one that audiences around the world care about. Currently, the DCEU is a complete mess, with almost the entire slate being in a state of limbo as the new Warner Bros. leadership figures out what they want to do.
Even Marvel Studios has plenty on its plate. At the moment, the company is building toward Avengers: Secret Wars with dozens of projects. After the Multiverse Saga is said and done, the focus will likely shift onto mutants, and the amount of stories that can be told in that arena alone is insane. Basically, teaming up with DC Comics is probably one of the last things on Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige's mind.
Though, if there is any celebrity on Earth who can make such an event happen, The Rock might be the one. He's even previously brought up the idea to Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds, someone else who has unique control and power over the superhero they portray.
First and foremost, however, is that The Rock's upcoming solo movie needs to actually do well. The trailers look great, but marketing is one thing; pulling off a quality project is an entirely different beast.
Black Adam is set to hit theaters worldwide on October 21.