Jack Black has revealed that he would be down to play The Kingpin and The Thing for Marvel Studios if given the opportunity.
In an interview with Screen Rant for his upcoming film Jumanji: The Next Level, Jack Black was asked about what Marvel Comics characters he would be interested in playing for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Initially, no specific roles came to mind but he’s interested in playing both a villain and a hero for the franchise, in which Kingpin and The Thing came to mind:
“No. No one’s coming to mind. Oh, it’d be fun to play like an evil dude, like the Kingpin. Yeah. I don’t know. Maybe the Thing? It’d be rad to be that rock dude from the Fantastic Four.”
Jack Black’s answers here are pretty interesting. For one, although we recently had Vincent D’Onofrio as the Kingpin in Netflix’s Daredevil, the cancellation of that series left the future of that show’s characters in limbo. It is unknown what Marvel Studios has planned for the characters on the now-cancelled Netflix shows whether or not they will be brought back or get rebooted entirely. Kingpin was also previously portrayed by Michael Clarke Duncan in Ben Affleck’s Daredevil film and was voiced by Liev Schrieber in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
As for The Thing, Marvel Studios now owns the rights to the Fantastic Four and with a few new films announced and slated for 2022 and 2023, some speculate that The Thing and the rest of the Fantastic Four will be given the MCU treatment. At this time, we have no idea what approach will be taken with Marvel’s first family, but Jack Black would certainly be a unique choice for The Thing. Previously, The Thing was portrayed by Michael Chiklis and Jamie Bell.
What do you make of Jack Black’s comments here? Would you be down to see him go evil and play Wilson Fisk AKA Kingpin? Or would you prefer for him to be a hero and bring his own sense of humor to Ben Grimm AKA The Thing? Also, do you hope to see Vincent D’Onofrio return as Kingpin? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news on Jack Black, Kingpin, The Thing and the future of the MCU.
Jack Black will appear in the upcoming action/adventure comedy sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level. Here is the synopsis:
In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.
Directed by Jake Kasdan from a script he co-wrote with Jake Kasdan & Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg, Jumanji: The Next Level stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Alex Wolff, with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito.
Jumanji: The Next Level will be released in theaters on December 13, 2019.
Source: Screen Rant