With a plethora of actors rumored to be cast in the new era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s already an active surge of interest among fans. Fans are responsible for determining which roles they will fit in. While the list featured some of the most speculated casting of recent times like Henry Cavill, names like Denzel Washington didn’t fail to surprise fans. Another man set to make his MCU debut soon, Giancarlo Esposito, is also said to be among the cast to be announced at the D23 Expo.
Arguably, out of all the rumored names, Denzel Washington has received the best share of fan attention. Some theories even suggest that these two actors could play the pioneers in bringing the Mutants era to the MCU and they could also continue the legacy started by Black Panther.
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Denzel Washington as Magneto sparks excitement
News of these personalities making their MCU debut was first revealed by broadcaster Emmet Kennedy. Kennedy unveiled a whole list of actors who may be making an appearance or just being announced at the D23 Expo. The list included names such as Henry Cavill, Giancarlo Esposito, John Boyega, Denzel Washington, Jodie Comer, Daisy Edgar-Jones and John Krasinski.
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—Emmet Kennedy (@RadioEmmet) September 2, 2022
Even though Emmet Kennedy mentioned that the reliability of sources can be believed, we still have to wait for official announcements.
On the other hand, if this turns out to be true, a certain part of the fans will do anything to watch the breaking Bad actor and Denzel Washington in an X-Men venture. It’s only been rumored for a long time that Esposito is in talks with the studio for the role of Professor Xavier. Although there has already been a lot of debate surrounding the question of the character’s race swapping, fans believe that the story will be set during the time of the civil rights movement.
Also, it’s remarkable that the creation of Professor X and Magneto is due to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., so it may turn out to be a perfect decision to create this origin.
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A tribute to the legacy started by Black Panther
Black Panther starring the late Chadwick Boseman is a very important movie in the MCU timeline. Not only because of its cinematic significance, but also because it had a rich cultural impact on modern pop culture. While fans are busy debating the importance of character race and color, they tend to forget that the characters portrayed should be judged on their story and performance.
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With the rumored casting of Denzel Washington and Giancarlo Esposito, some fans are thrilled that the legacy of black actors in the MCU began with Black Panther can be evolved further and there will be more diversity in the MCU.
According to some people, it would be an injustice to hamper the original description of the character and change them since both were white in the comics. It is quite unfortunate to find out that the two actors being such incredible contributions to the industry are also facing the issue due to their skin tone.
Fans’ attention will now turn to Expo D23 to really find out if we’re going to have a new era of the MCU and the best tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman or if it’s just a Hype inducer. Only time will tell.