Marvel Studios recently announced a slew of movies that will make up its sandbox cinematic universe through 2019. Now the studio has a lot of work to do before it makes those promises an on-screen reality. One of the many steps includes finalizing casting, and it looks like studio exuectives are hoping to take a step forward in that department by bringing on Oscar-winning actor, Al Pacino.
The "Scarface" and "The Godfather” star confirmed that he met with the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, during an appearance on Josh Horowitz’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I’ve met with the Marvel guy,” he said. "It’s a marvel how things happen.”
Horowitz pressed him asking if by “Marvel guy,” he meant Feige. The 74-year-old actor confirmed that’s who he met with and began to discuss a potential role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) before he was interrupted by a ringing cell phone. He joked that it was probably Feige calling to tell him to stop talking.
While Pacino’s name floating around the MCU might sound surprising to some, he’s expressed his affection for the franchise in the past, particularly the James Gunn-directed hit, “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Speaking to Deadline Hollywood in September, Pacino admitted that “Guardians” was not the type of film he would elect to see. However, after his children dragged him to the theater, he said he was instantly hooked.
“I recognized the ingenious stuff they were doing; the invention, the attractiveness of the way they were performing it. It had Shakespearean feeling to it at times. I was caught up in the big screen, the great sound…”
Given his obvious appreciation for the band of space outlaws, it would make sense for Feige to consider sticking the “Raging Bull” actor in the upcoming "Guardians" sequel which is currently scheduled for a May 5, 2017 release. However, director James Gunn recently spoke to ComicBook.com where he said that, while he loves Pacino and considers him a personal hero, there might not be room for him in “Guardians 2.”
"The truth is that the next ‘Guardians’ film, I've had so much of it worked out for a long time that I'm not sure there is a role to write there for Al Pacino, or for anybody else in particular,” Gunn told the site.
Perhaps Feige is hoping to put Pacino in one of the other cosmic films announced by the studio, such as “Captain Marvel” or “Inhumans.” Only time will tell, but it's worth mentioning at this point that a meeting with Feige doesn’t necessarily mean anything permanent. However, if the recent trajectory of “The Imitation Game” actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s casting as Doctor Strange is any indication, stellar roles from Marvel begin with an off-handed meeting with the studio executive.
Still, until anything is made official, Pacino fans can’t rejoice just yet. They can, however, wildly speculate as to who the actor would play given the chance. After all, doesn’t Star Lord still need a dad?