We’re at a point now where any casting news regarding Marvel movies in unsurprising. That’s not to take anything away from the talent they’re recruiting, but their movies are no longer considered silly & just for fun.
Marvel has become the go to the studio for veteran actors looking to try something new, and for some could led to a career resurgence. Phase two featured veteran actors like Robert Redford (CA: The Winter Soldier), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), and Michael Douglas (Ant-Man). Each of them gave performances that really sold their characters. They weren’t just phoning it in for a quick paycheck. They believed in the material, and its because Marvel has a proven formula for success.
As go full speed into phase three, we’re seeing a significant increase in big names signing on for future Marvel movies. Names such as Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok), Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange), Kurt Russell, and Sylvester Stallone (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). Last week, the rich just got more richer. You can now add Michael Keaton and Jeff Goldblum to that list, because Marvel just sealed a deal for both actors.
Keaton will star in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and although his role in unconfirmed, its reports are speculating he could be the film’s main villain Vulture. According to reports, the character will create his flight suit using left over technology from the chitauri battle in New York. As for Goldblum, an official casting list confirmed his involvement. He will play a character named The Grandmaster, who is neither a hero or villian, but loves to play games and has close ties to the infinity stones.
Again, not surprising, but totally awesome. It wasn’t that long ago that Keaton made fun of his previous career as a superhero, and him coming back to play a villain is another great choice during his career resurgence. Jeff Goldblum is loved by everyone, and we’ve been waiting to see him in a comic book. For full descriptions on his character, including details on Karl Urban’s casting, visit Collider.