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The Rock has talked to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige about a possible MCU project.
Although nothing has materialized yet, it could be the seeds of a future MCU role.
The Rock may have his feet firmly planted in DC Films with Black Adam, but could he cross the multiverse?
Collider interviewed Hiram Garcia, the president of production of The Rock’s Seven Bucks Productions.
Garcia produced a number The Rock’s movies like Jungle Cruise, Jumanji: The Next Level, and the aforementioned Black Adam.
Moreover, he is working on other several films including DC League of Super-Pets, a reboot of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China, and the film adaptation of pulp hero Doc Savage.
In the interview, he was asked if Marvel Studios has contacted The Rock.
Garcia revealed that:
DJ[The Rock] and Kevin [Feige] have a great relationship and we’ve flirted around a few ideas before, but nothing serious. There’s a mutual admiration for what we each have been doing and what Kevin has built over there is truly incredible.
He added that:
Ultimately though for us, we’ve always been very committed to what we wanted to build with Black Adam.
Garcia explained that:
Black Adam was the character we wanted to bring to life and who we felt [The Rock] was destined to play. Once we set our sites on this character over a decade ago it was hard to imagine [The Rock] playing anyone else.
The Rock shows that he really is passionate about Black Adam.
In fact, he’s been telling the world that he’ll be Black Adam since 2014.
Furthermore, he has also shown that he is committed to the DC Extended Universe by showing his interest to produce Man of Steel 2.
But this doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have any interest in Marvel’s own cinematic universe.
The Rock Discussed MCU Roles With Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige
Insiders tell that Namor the Sub-Mariner was among the potential MCU superheroes Feige spoke about with The Rock.
However, with Namor rumored for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, that ship has probably already sailed.
It’s not also impossible for actors to have roles in both DC and Marvel.
Actors like Idris Elba (Heimdall, Bloodsport), Randall Park (Jimmy Woo, Dr. Stephen Shin), Michael Keaton (the Vulture, Batman), Jared Leto (Morbius, Joker), and J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson, Commissioner James Gordon) played roles in both the DCEU and the MCU.
Feige has shown that he is open to opportunities if it presents itself – as long as it continues the Marvel universe.
In fact, Marvel Studios has been getting actors depending on how they represent the characters.
They got award-winners Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) and Mahershala Ali (Blade) because they needed that embodiment of being an established hero before they are even shown onscreen.
But they also get newer or younger actors to represent the younger generation like Iman Vellani (Ms. Marvel).
Tom Holland was generally a newcomer when he got into the Spider-Man role.
Since The Rock is well known to a lot of people, if he does get a role in the Marvel Universe, for sure his character must also be a well-established one in his own right, too.
Gladiator from the Imperial Guard, anyone?