Marvel Studios has proven its competence for attracting top-tier talent to portray villains. From Michael Keaton’s Vulture and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio to Cate Blanchett’s Hela and Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger, not all A-list actors shy away from what Martin Scorcese considers “theme park” entertainment.
Playing a Marvel superhero may come with the glitz and the glam, as you get to be the savior, but playing a villain comes with the all the fun: You get to wield your superpowers while mastering your maniacal laugh or piercing gaze of condescension. Though Marvel may be able to get to Brad Pitt to chat about the idea, and Feige may bring up all the benefits of playing a villain in the MCU, would the actor accept?
According to We Got This Covered, Marvel Studios is eyeing Brad Pitt to play one of the franchise’s future major villains — Doctor Doom, Annihilus, and Kang the Conqueror are the three names being tossed around. Sources close to the outlet, the same ones who knew a Miss Marvel show was in the pipeline and that Tom Welling was returning for “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” has leaked the news.
While the leaker may be quite credible, and the conversation may come to pass, Brad Pitt is unlikely to sign the dotted line for a few major reasons. While Pitt may have portrayed the Vanisher for a brief — blink and you miss it — moment in Deadpool, his time within the comic book world will likely end where it began.
Why Brad Pitt won’t join the MCU as a major villain
Starting with the most obvious reasons, before making our way to more abstract explanations, Brad Pitt doesn’t seem all too interested in joining the MCU full-time.
During an interview, while on the press junket for Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Pitt was asked about his role in Deadpool. The interviewer asked Pitt if his time in Deadpool’s world was over. Pitt stated, “I think I’ve taken it as far as I can take it,” before noting that Reynolds devised the role specifically for him — with funny and short-lived intentions.
While the MCU could choose to place Pitt in a different role — as his presence in Deadpool was pre- Fox-Disney merger and quite minimal at that — Brad Pitt has never been a franchise film actor, and he seemed to do stint this as a favor to Reynolds.
Brad Pitt is one of Hollywood’s last classic, old-school actors; meaning, he has managed to star in big-budget blockbusters, untied to larger franchises, and usually far from the family-friendly realm, for his entire career. While there’s no shame in franchise work, there’s likely a reason Pitt has come this far without joining the party.
Maybe, he doesn’t want to sign a contract for several years. Or, maybe he prefers to do standalone movies, trying different characters on for size regularly. Brad Pitt, if history repeats itself, doesn’t seem likely to accept such a role; let us not forget he came close to starring in the Bourne series before it went to Matt Damon. While Brad Pitt would make a great villain, his track record and comments concerning his future within the MCU, suggest that he may be out of Feige’ reach.