Halo: Master Chief Actor Was In Talks for Marvel Role

By Sam Hargrave Posted:
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Over the years, there have been numerous attempts at building a live-action Marvel universe between the MCU, Sony's Spider-Man world, and Fox's X-Men universe. Between the endless big-screen franchises and many TV spin-offs, the number of actors who have played a Marvel role has grown exponentially in recent years, as every star in Hollywood wants to be involved with a superhero project.

While blockbuster franchises like the Marvel and DC universes may have begun on the big-screen, the growing world of streaming has led to an increasing push for TV content across Disney+, HBO Max, and more.

Xbox is currently working to bring its own biggest brand to streaming as the gaming giant prepares to premiere Halo on Paramount+American Gods star Pablo Schreiber is set to take on the starring role of Master Chief, and like most actors, it sounds as if the Canadian actor has a history with Marvel.

Halo's Master Chief Actor Confirms Marvel Talks

Pablo Schreiber, Defending Jacob
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During a recent interview with The Playlist's Bingeworthy podcast, Halo's Master Chief actor Pablo Schreiber revealed he was in talks for a Marvel role and also discussed his dream hero casting in the MCU.

The Halo star was asked his thoughts on the many Marvel fan casts he has been mentioned in, to which he confirmed he has had "a bunch of discussions with Marvel" over the years but has yet to find "the right thing at the right time:"

"Yeah. You know I've seen things pop up a lot. I've had a bunch of discussions with Marvel at different points in my career. We've never been able to find the right thing at the right time, but I'd certainly be open to that. But yeah it's just staying open to the right path and I don't know exactly what that is, but I'll know it when I see it."

The Canadian actor was asked if he would be interested in playing the MCU's Wolverine, to which he called it his "dream casting" as the mutant has always been his "favorite hero" since he was a child:

"Oh goodness yeah, well we flirted with that one for a while. That'd be fantastic, that would certainly be a dream casting. He's actually my favorite hero, from a child he was always my favorite comic book. So I've had a long flirtation with that guy, so you know obviously that'd be a dream."

Despite his eager interest in replacing Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Schreiber insisted he isn't putting "eggs in any baskets" as he remains "open" to other roles:

"No eggs in any baskets, just stay open and keep working, and keep trying to elevate everything that I'm in."

Which Marvel Role Could Halo's Pablo Schreiber Play?

Pablo Schreiber confirmed he has had talks with Marvel at a number of points across his career, meaning he has probably been approached for a wide range of roles. There's no way of pinning down exactly which heroes and villains he may be referring to, but these talks may spread across the MCU, Marvel TV, and even Sony's Marvel world.

The Halo star shared an interest in taking on a comic book role a number of times over the years, with his favorite choices always having been Daredevil and Wolverine. With Charlie Cox holding onto the Matt Murdock role in the MCU, Schreiber's Daredevil hopes appear to have been dashed, but Wolverine remains on the table.

Granted, at 6'5, a Canadian-born star may not exactly fit the short-stature description of Wolverine, but neither did the legendary Hugh Jackman. Despite this, most assume Marvel Studios will opt for a more comic-accurate actor to portray the MCU's Wolverine, meaning Schreiber may need to look elsewhere.

Given his tall standing, the Master Chief actor may be a better fit for Wolverine's iconic nemesis Sabretooth. Schreiber's fandom of the Wolverine comics would likely make him equally eager for the villainous role, but who knows what roles Marvel or DC may be considering him for.

For those looking to draw their own conclusions on which Marvel roles Pablo Schreiber may be suited for, the actor will next be seen in Halo which premieres on March 24, exclusively on Paramount+.

- About The Author: Sam Hargrave
Sam Hargrave is the Associate Editor at The Direct. He joined the team as a gaming writer in 2020 before later expanding into writing for all areas of The Direct and taking on further responsibilities such as editorial tasks and image creation.