The casting that almost was but probably never will be... Jason Statham in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The global action star who once appeared to be undermining the skill required for such films was apparently very close to being a part of one. While promoting Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed as much.
Revealing Marvel Studios consists of "fans" of Statham, Feige went on to say "we talked with him about doing a role in one of our movies."
"It didn’t end up working out, his schedule didn’t work out," Feige revealed. However, in the falling out between Marvel Studios and Statham, the hope of getting him involved with a future film remains in tact. "I was in another meeting a few days later, and my cell phone rang," Feige said. "I didn’t recognise the number, but I answered it. And it was Jason Statham."
"He was saying ‘sorry it didn’t work out, maybe next time,'" Feige explained. "He couldn’t have been nicer!"
As for which movie or character Statham was almost a part of, Feige was not ready to spill those beans. It's all a bit surprising following the comments Statham once made about Marvel and other super hero films. "I could take my grandma, and put her in a cape and then put her in a green screen and then have stunt doubles come in and do all the action -- anybody can do it," Statham said while promoting his Spy movie.
For now, we just have to look forward to Statham's Fast & Furious spinoff with Dwayne Johnson and the already stacked slate of films coming from Marvel Studios.
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You can find the official synopsis for Homecoming below, which has a 4.13 out of 5 on ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
The cast includes Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. It also includes Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, Kenneth Choi, Michael Mando, Selenis Leyva, Isabella Amara, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., JJ Totah, and Hannibal Buress.
(via Den of Geek)