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Marvel Studios reportedly considered casting a major actor for a shocking cameo in The Marvels before the entire idea was scrapped.
According to trusted scooper MyTimeToShineHello, the original plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel was to cast a well-known actor like Clive Owen or George Clooney to play "a big Marvel hero from the comics who we think will have a big role in the movie but then dies at the end of the first act." However, this was scrapped before production began. If Clooney had been approached and cast as this mystery hero, it would have been his second major cameo in a superhero project after his surprising Bruce Wayne reprisal at the end of DC Studios' The Flash.
This isn't the first time Marvel has toyed with adding a big-name actor for a small role in one of its recent films. For Eternity in Thor: Love and Thunder, VFX supervisor Jake Morrison revealed that Marvel originally wanted to cast "an A-list star like Morgan Freeman to voice the character." However, the decision was eventually made to keep Eternity silent, with Morrison explaining that "sometimes, you know less is more really." He added that the Eternity scene worked better when it focused on the three characters in it -- Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Natalie Portman's Jane Foster and Christian Bale's Gorr. "And if you suddenly stuck another big CG creature in there who’s gonna you know throw out a bunch of dialogue… it could distract from a heavy, emotional scene, frankly," he said.
The Marvels Still Has Plenty of Star Power
George Clooney and Clive Owen may not be in The Marvels, but that doesn't mean that the MCU entry is lacking in the star power. Academy Award-winning actors Brie Larson (Best Actress for Room) and Samuel L. Jackson (2022 Honorary Award) reprise their respective roles from previous MCU media as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel and former S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury. The film's ensemble cast also includes Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau/Photon, Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel and Zawe Ashton as Kree warrior Dar-Benn.
The Marvels Have a Sisterhood Dynamic
The Marvels director Nia DaCosta recently revealed that the titular team -- consisting of Carol, Monica and Kamala -- will have a sister-like dynamic with one another. "I thought it would be cool to map an estranged family history and sister story onto them," DaCosta said. "Carol’s the oldest, the prodigal, then there’s the middle sister Monica, who Carol knew as a kid and promised she’d come back [to] but then never did. All the switching stuff is great, but the thing I actually care about is how these two reconcile."
She added, "Kamala is the youngest, who hasn’t had the experience of living with this older sister but idolizes her," DaCosta said. "Carol’s a bit jaded at the beginning of the film [but] Kamala reminds her how amazing she is."
The Marvels opens in theaters on Nov. 10.