Keanu Reeves Breaks Silence on Marvel Cast Rumors

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in the age of transition as it enters its post-Infinity Saga chapter in Phase 4. 

This development means that a new batch of heroes and villains will debut in the franchise's interconnected narrative. As part of the MCU's new chapter, more actors and actresses will become part of Marvel's stellar ensemble. 

For example, WandaVision introduced Kathryn Hahn and Teyonah Parris into the MCU while Eternals' massive roster included the likes of Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, and Barry Keoghan.  

Despite the MCU's all-star list of actors, there are still many names that have been linked to the MCU. Recently, Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan revealed that he had a meeting with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige about a potential role in the world of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. 

Now, another famous actor has shared his thoughts about joining the MCU. 

Keanu Reeves Responds to MCU Rumors 

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The Matrix: Resurrections star Keanu Reeves appeared as a guest in Esquire's latest episode of Explain This, and the actor's rumored involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was brought up. 

Reeves responded to the rumors by playfully pointing out the MCU is "bigger than a universe," with the actor also namedropping the "Multiverse" in his statement. In addition, the John Wick star admitted that it would be an "honor" to join the superhero franchise, saying that Marvel Studios is "doing something no one's really ever done:"

"Isn't it bigger than a universe. It's almost like a Multiverse. It's a Marvel-verse. You know, it would be an honor. There's some really amazing directors and visionaries. They're doing something no one's really ever done. It's special in that sense in terms of the scale, the ambition, the production, so it would be cool to be a part of that."

Back in September 2020, Reeves became part of Moon Knight's rumor mill, with The Illuminerdi reporting that the casting breakdown "specifically references" the actor for the show's lead role. 

In the same report, the outlet also shared that Reeves "had previously spoken" with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige about joining the franchise "at least since the pre-production of Captain Marvel when he flirted with the Yon-Rogg role."

Keanu Reeves' MCU Role (Theory)

Keanu Reeves' latest comments clearly suggest that he is open to being part of the MCU down the line.

Given Reeves' resume, it's reasonable to assume that Marvel Studios is trying to find the perfect role for him. This claim was further supported by the previous rumor from The Illuminerdi, where the outlet stated that the actor was "specifically" referenced to the casting breakdown of Moon Knight's Marc Spector. 

Reeves has been the subject of MCU fan casts due to his impressive talent on screen. Many would agree that some characters included in fans' wishlist are heroes like Wolverine, Silver Surfer, and Ghost Rider. 

Among all the possibilities, it seems that Ghost Rider or Silver Surfer would be ideal for Reeves. Marvel Studios' plans for Wolverine are unknown, but it appears that a younger actor could be eyed for the role. 

On a separate note, Reeves' inclusion of the "Multiverse" in his remarks is noteworthy. The actor may be aware of the MCU's overarching plans, and he could've already been cast in a secret role. 

On the flip side, Reeves could be keeping an eye on Marvel's plans from afar so that he is well aware when the time comes and Feige potentially meets with him in the future. 

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.