The Marvel Cinematic Universe is constantly expanding as more and more actors join the massive multimedia franchise. In an interview promoting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Michael Rooker claimed that he’d like to see fellow Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus to join the ranks of dozens of other actors in playing Marvel Comics characters.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Rooker outright stated that he though his character – Yondu Udonta – and whomever Reedus would play “would make a great team”, as the two previously played siblings Merle and Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead. Naturally, this opened up a quick joke about Rooker’s role on the zombie apocalypse soap opera – while Reedus’s Daryl is proficient with a bow and arrow, Rooker joked that Yondu’s whistle-controlled arrows cut out the middleman and make that unnecessary, meaning that Reedus would have to familiarize himself with a different kind of weapon for a role.
Reedus previously expressed interest in playing Ghost Rider, and while the Robbie Reyes iteration of that character being a part of the TV end of the MCU would complicate things on the movie end, it seems as though Reedus could be a good fit for that role. What’s interesting is that the original Ghost Rider we saw on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was never explicitly identified beyond his flaming skull, meaning that the door is open for any actor to play the part of Johnny Blaze. Fans have also hoped that Reedus gets to play a different Norman: Osborn, who could serve as a linchpin for the Spider-Man portion of the MCU as the Green Goblin and could serve to be a long-running antagonist through an adaptation of Dark Reign. For now, it seems as though Marvel will be pretty busy with their Phase 3 slate and won’t be making any new announcements beyond the untitled Avengers, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy sequels in 2019 and 2020 .
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 blasts off on May 5, 2017. The film stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Kurt Russell as Ego, and Sylvester Stallone in a spoiler-filled supporting role.