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Just like his famous John Wick character, Keanu Reeves just can’t quit making the hit list these days... in Hollywood anyway. The actor has quickly become 2019’s infatuation, considering all the projects he’s recently been a part of.
Keanu Reeves has also caught the eye of Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who just confirmed that he’s had conversations with the actor about joining his behemoth franchise. In Feige’s words:
We talk to him for almost every film we make. We talk to Keanu Reeves about. I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it.
Well this is awesome. Marvel loves Keanu Reeves as much as we do and it really wants him to join the Marvel family. But as Kevin Feige told Comicbook.com, he wants to do it right. Feige compared Marvel's interest in Reeves to Jake Gyllenhaal, who Feige said he talked to “multiple times” before Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home became the perfect fit for him.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Keanu Reeves’ attachment to the MCU. He reportedly was up for the role of Yon-Rogg in Captain Marvel until scheduling conflicts with John Wick 3 lead him to drop out and Jude Law to take on the role.
Rumors of Keanu Reeves' potential casting in The Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani also surfaced a couple weeks ago, and he has been vocal about his interest in playing the next Wolverine. Kevin Feige’s comments certainly make his involvement in The Eternals more of a solid possibility now! That is, if Reeves can pencil it in between his other upcoming projects.
The actor is already set to star in two sequels for the next two summers: Bill and Ted Face the Music in August 2020 and John Wick: Chapter 4 in May 2021. Now we don’t know when The Eternals is going to start filming or be released, but it does look to be a Phase 4 title a bit farther along in the development stages then other expected features.
If The Eternals isn’t the right place for Keanu Reeves, he would be a great choice for Wolverine! Kevin Feige now has the rights to add the X-Men to his MCU roster but there is one problem: Dark Phoenix just flopped. Fox’s last X-Men entry almost guarantees Disney will want to wait before touching the franchise. Not to mention that 2017's Logan wrapped up the arc for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine quite effectively, so getting more distance from that will help.
Fans will likely get more answers about what’s next for the MCU this summer (at either San Diego Comic Con or D23?). In the meantime, you can get your dose of Keanu Reeves this Friday with his character Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4, or catch John Wick: Chapter 3 before it leaves theaters… or his hilarious role in Always Be My Maybe on Netflix.