Marvel has always managed to find the best and brightest talent to fill out its cinematic universe. It's something that they arguably do better than anybody. From Robert Downey Jr., to Paul Bettany, to Vincent D'Onofrio, Marvel Studios has offered jobs to some of the most talented actors working today. In fact, at one point they even offered a job to Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito, but he turned them down for a reason that we most certainly agree with. He explained:
I know the Marvel world exists on the Disney lot. I love those guys at Marvel. We've been trying to figure out how to collaborate on something. I'm hoping that it is something. They came to me with something for their television department, then I realized if I did that, I'd never be able to have that same character be in that film department. Once you're in a Marvel character in the television version, you have to stay in the particular character. They can't carry that over to film.
Comicbook.com recently spoke with Giancarlo Esposito to discuss the upcoming home release of The Jungle Book, and the actor revealed that he has a very strong desire to hop over the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point. He has even received offers to work with Marvel TV, but he subsequently turned those offers down because he specifically wants to work on the Marvel films. By Esposito's estimation: if he joins the television side of the MCU, he will likely never get the opportunity to make the jump to the silver screen because Marvel currently keeps its TV and film properties relatively separate from one another. In true Gus Fring fashion, the guy is a pragmatic businessman.
That being said, there are worse places to end up than on a Marvel television series. Can you imagine how awesome it would be if Giancarlo Esposito brought all of his Breaking Bad menace to a show like The Punisher or Daredevil? Exactly. It would be amazing.
Although Giancarlo Esposito has primarily become known as a television actor, it wouldn't be too ridiculous to see him enter the silver screen side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He recently appeared in the surprisingly enjoyable Maze Runner sequel, The Scorch Trials, and he already has a relationship with Disney due to his work on The Jungle Book. He provided a stellar performance as Akela in the 2016 update of the Disney classic, so it wouldn't be an outlandish notion for the higher ups at the entertainment giant to send him over the Marvel for an expanded role.
Of course, if you need your Giancarlo Esposito fix a little bit sooner than that, we may have some good news for you. If you're a fan of Better Call Saul, then you probably already know that the Breaking Bad prequel series has laid the groundwork for his iconic character, Gus Fring, to possibly make a return next season. We have no concrete information to work with, but the note left to Jonathan Banks' Mike Ehrmantraut during the Season 2 finale of the hit AMC series seems like a solid indication that Fring is coming back. Get excited, folks.
CinemaBlend will keep you posted regarding any and all news related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- as well as Giancarlo Esposito's potential involvement -- as more information becomes available to us. The MCU will continue to expand when Doctor Strange hits theaters on November 4.