As Marvel moves further along in the Multiverse Saga, there are dozens of roles that need top-name actors to play them within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while a number of up-and-coming stars have thrown their names in to play some of these highly-coveted roles, some of the industry’s most iconic actors have also discussed the potential of joining the franchise – including Oscar-winner Tom Hanks.
Almost a year ago, Hanks revealed on actor Will Arnett’s podcast that he hadn’t gotten a call from Marvel to join the expansive franchise, which has about two dozen live-action entries planned between now and the end of 2025. Considering his status as one of the most famous actors in history, fans were unsure of what to think of this revelation, especially considering how it was unclear if Marvel didn’t want him or if he didn’t want to join the MCU.
Now, Hanks has revisited the topic in a new interview, clearing the air on where he stands with potentially becoming one of Marvel’s new stars.
Tom Hanks on Taking an MCU Role
Speaking with MTV’s Josh Horowitz, Oscar-winner Tom Hanks addressed the idea of taking a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When asked if he’d been approached for a role, Hanks admitted that he hadn’t gotten any calls “to [his] knowledge” about joining the franchise:
Horowitz: “Ok, Mr. Disney himself, Tom Hanks, why are you not in a Marvel movie? They’ve asked you by now.”
Hanks: “No! Not to my knowledge, have they…I do not know, I do not know. Boy, talk about coin of the realm, you know, it’s like holy cow!”
When Horowitz offered the idea that Hanks doesn’t necessarily need the MCU, Hanks offered a comparison to director John Ford’s Western movies from the mid-20th century. Hanks pondered about how joining a genre at its peak “could end up” bringing a role in a highly acclaimed movie like 1956’s The Searchers:
Horowitz: “I mean, part of this is, you don’t need them, they’re fine, everyone’s fine, everyone’s fine, but all I’m saying is it would be a nice marriage, that’s all I’m saying.”
Hanks: “Ok, alright, let’s unpack this a little bit, Josh, shall we? Let’s unpack this. Is there an era of film in which a very particular type of movie dominated the marketplace [like Marvel is currently dominating]? You could say Westerns in the ‘50s. In order to get into kind of like a universe or something, let’s take John Ford’s Westerns. You can maybe say that the John Ford universe of Westerns is not that different, perhaps, than the Marvel universe of motion pictures. If it’s a bodacious John Ford Western, would you do it? You know? Let me say ‘Oh, let me get this straight, John, Jack (I think he went by Jack), Jack Ford, what, are you gonna take me back and we’re gonna be in Monument Valley and we’re gonna be on a horse and we’re gonna do the things and we’re gonna do that and then the Monument Valley will be there?’ You might do that, because you…