Now that Avengers: Endgame is firmly rooted as one of the highest grossing films in history (although we’re still awaiting that hard to grasp #1 spot), we can look to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Marvel Studios has largely kept its plans for the next part of its franchise under wraps, there’s rumors swirling that they’re eyeing yet another The Walking Dead alum to play a character in the ever expanding universe.
Marvel has a history of casting TWD alums in their films having previously tapped the talents of Danai Guirra (TWD’s Michonne; MCU’s Okoye), Jon Bernthal (TWD’s Shane; Marvel’s The Punisher), Maximiliano Hernández (TWD’s Bob Lamson; MCU’s Agent Jasper Sitwell), Ross Marquand (TWD’s Aaron, MCU’s recasted Red Skull), and Michael Rooker (TWD’s Merle Dixon, MCU’s Marry Poppins). If the trend continues and rumors are to be believed (we’ll get into why we are inclined to believe this rumor), then one of The Walking Dead‘s most memorable characters could be finding his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Governor Actor David Morrissey Rumored To Join MCU
While we always take rumors with a grain of salt, there’s no harm in speculating who fan favorite actor David Morrissey might be in consideration for over at Marvel Studios. Morrissey gave life to the second most memorable villain in The Walking Dead history (just slightly behind Negan), The Governor. This casting rumor comes to us courtesy of MCU spoiler aficionado Roger Wardwell via Twitter.
Wardwell previously announced several spoilers prior to the release of Avengers: Endgame including the return of several notable Hydra Agents, the pseudo recreation of the iconic Winter Soldier elevator fight scene, and Thanos’ means of demise. So while the person behind the Twitter account could be wrong about Marvel Studios attempting to tap Morrissey for a role, his track record has proven success and Marvel’s love of casting The Walking Dead alums is well know. So without further ado, here are four roles we would love to see David Morrissey take on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
4. Captain Britain
Avengers: Endgame casually name dropped Captain Britain in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene involving Peggy Carter. Agent Carter is heard mentioning that an “Agent Braddock” hasn’t checked in recently. In the comics, Brian Braddock is the alter ego of superhero Captain Britain and the brother of mutant Psylocke. Although the name drop could have been a throwaway Easter Egg, Marvel has routinely evolved Easter Eggs into full blown foreshadowing with notable examples being the inclusion of Wakanda on the SHIELD map in Iron Man 2 and Dr. Strange being name dropped by Agent Sitwell in Captain America Winter Soldier.
It would be refreshing seeing Morrissey take on a heroic role and it would be fun to see a Brit finally play a Brit (we’re looking at you Tom Holland and Benadryl Cabbagepatchkid). Furthermore, Captain Britain has a history of getting lost in time so his appearance in the past wouldn’t necessarily exclude him from being in any other timeline. Braddock was also the roommate of Spider-Man at one point so there’s a lot of ways the character could be introduced without getting his own film. Finally, with Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox, Marvel Studios owns the rights to Psylocke, with Captain Britain being a decent route to introduce so mutants to the universe.
3. Druig (The Eternals)
As one of only two confirmed MCU projects after Avengers: Endgame (the other being Spider-Man: Far From Home), we know very little about the MCU’s The Eternals. It’ll be directed by Chloe Zhaol with a screenplay by Matthew and Ryan Firpo; the film will be an ensemble cast with inspiration drawn from comics created by Jack Kirby. We know that the film will include Sersi as a main Eternal with other characters including an unnamed male lead (described only as a Greek god), Piper, Elysisus, Forgotten One, Ikaris, Makkari, Starfox, Thena, Zuras, and Druig. It’s the last of The Eternals we believe David Morrissey might be taped to play.
Druig is set to (probably) be the villain of The Eternals. The description of Druig reads:
“Druig possesses the conventional abilities of an Eternal, he can manipulate all forms of matter and energy, including the atoms of his own body. He can teleport, manipulate gravitation in order to fly, control the minds of others, and project energy from his body, usually from the hands or eyes. – In modern times, Druig served as an agent of the KGB in Russia, and found that he enjoyed torturing people. When Ziran the Tester came through Polaria, Druig planned to slay him using “ the Weapon”, which he had learned of by torturing his cousin Ikaris, but Ikaris disintegrated Druig before he could fire the Weapon. His body was then recovered by the Celestials , and put into everlasting containment at the Desecration Annex.”via The Hashtag Show
The Eternals are a rather obscure group within the realm of Marvel Comics, so it’ll be interesting to see what this cosmic lineup has in store for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Honestly, David Morrissey could play many of the characters announced for the film convincingly, but given that American audiences mostly know him as the villainous Governor, my money is on him playing a villain.
2. Nightmare (Doctor Strange 2)
Doctor Strange writer and director Scott Derrickson has expressed via an interview with IGN that he’d love to use Nightmare and the Nightmare Realm in a Doctor Strange sequel:
“I really like the character of Nightmare and the concept that the Nightmare Realm is a dimension. […] That’s early – that’s like the first Strange tale. I think that’s in the introductory episode of Doctor Strange, and I always loved that.”Scott Derrickson via IGN interview by Daniel Krupa
While many fans might have assumed Chitwetel Ejiofor’s Karl Mordo would be taking up the villainous mantel of Baron Mordo in the sequel following his break from the Sorcerers, it seems as if Derrickson is planning on holding off bringing Dr. Strange’s most iconic villain to full strength and might. If Nightmare really is the direction Doctor Strange 2 will go (assuming Doctor Strange 2 is one of the many announced “Untitled Marvel Studios Movie” slated for release in the next few years), David Morrissey would do incredibly well as the character.
Nightmare is the ruler of the “Dream Dimension”, akin to Dormamu’s Dark Dimension. His abilities include near-omnipotence, -omniscience, and -omnipresence, and the ability to draw power from the subconscious minds of those who are dreaming and manifesting that power in the form of psychic energies.
1. Dr. Victor Von Doom (Black Panther 2)
We’ve already had three less than good Fantastic Four films, and many fans are hoping that Marvel Studios will finally be able to do the team right. But let’s be honest for a minute – do we need another Fantastic Four movie? The answer is “Eh, not really.” What we really need is a fantastic portrayal of Marvel’s strongest, vilest, most well-rounded villain: Dr. Victor Von Doom. Dr. Doom is not strictly a Fantastic Four villain; he’s fought The Avengers, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Doctor Strange, and several others. And perhaps most notably, Dr. Doom has been a foe of Black Panther.
With Black Panther 2 all but confirmed, speculation for what the film might look like have been all over the internet long before Black Panther even hit theaters. Doom has had a long complicated relationship with Black Panther, seeing as the are both the heads of state of underestimated countries. We haven’t seen a story line on screen yet of Dr. Doom and his reign over Latveria. There’s several ways to incorporate Latveria and Dr. Doom into a Black Panther 2 plot; whether that’s a adaptation of Doomwar in which Dr. Doom formed an alliance with the isolationist tribe Desturi of Wakanda and attempted to overthrow T’Challa to secure the country’s vibranium (which the world must know about following the events of Black Panther) or an adaptation of the time T’Challa went on a diplomatic trip to Latveria.
There’s been speculation that M’Baku might be the villain in Black Panther 2, upset that T’Challa revealed Wakanda to the world. It would be entirely possibly that M’Baku (who has already lost to T’Challa the sacred ways) and Jabari Tribe (a suitable stand-in for the Desturi) his could partner with Dr. Doom to place M’Baku on the throne and grant Doom access to the vibranium. However, it happens this would be an excellent way to bring Dr. Doom into the MCU without the need to reboot the Fantastic Four right away and Morrissey would be perfect for an older, more regal Doom than we’ve previously seen on screen.
BONUS: Alternate Timeline Nick Fury
Alright so this one is mostly a joke. Maybe its just the eye patch an the gun, but David Morrissey is strikingly similar to the one of the comic book iterations of Nick Fury. Now, Samuel L. Jackson likely isn’t going anywhere soon (we’ll see him again in Spider-Man: Far From Home), but with the introduction of multiple timelines and the fact that SHIELD is a spy organization, it isn’t totally out of the realm of possibility to have two Nick Fury’s in the world. And to be honest, we would love to see Morrissey don an eye patch again.