Why Charlize Theron Hasn't Appeared in an MCU Movie Yet

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
Charlize Theron, Avengers: Age of Ultron poster

The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been well-documented over the years. The superhero franchise has entertained millions of fans, while also proving to critics that they can deliver a topnotch movie along the way. With that in mind, it's no wonder that several big names in the industry have been throwing their hat in the ring to potentially be included in the billion-dollar franchise. 

Recently, Janelle Monáe admitted that it has always been her dream to play the role of the mutant, Storm. On top of that, news surfaced about the intentions of WWE veteran Big Show to play the MCU's Kingpin, likely following in the footsteps of another WWE mainstay Dave Bautista, who portrays Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Despite that, a new interview may have hinted that not everyone would like to join the successful franchise.


During an appearance on an episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket," Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron shared that she hasn't been approached yet by Marvel Studios and Disney about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while also revealing that she is currently "paving my own way:"

“I swear to God. I’ve never gotten anything. No, I’m not lying to you. But that’s okay. You know what? I am paving my own way. I’m creating my own opportunities. So it’s alright.”


There is no doubt that the vast experience and accolades of Charlize Theron could serve as a massive advantage to the MCU. However, based on Theron's comments, it's clear that the actress has no intention of joining the superhero franchise at the moment. Interestingly, Theron joins a long list of A-list stars, who previously rejected the opportunity of starring in a superhero film.

On the surface, portraying an iconic comic book character on the silver screen is a daunting task, even for MCU mainstays like Chris Evans. The actor, who famously portrayed Steve Rogers in 11 MCU films, revealed that he had to overcome anxiety before fully accepting the role. More so, Ant-Man actor Paul Rudd also shared the looming pressure of when it comes to portraying a Marvel superhero. In a way, this goes to show that there is an added burden when playing an iconic superhero, and Theron's comments could hint that she is aware of that. 

Whatever the case, the possibility of Theron joining the MCU should not be dismissed since anything is possible within the realm of the Hollywood industry. 

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal

MCU and STAR WARS Writer