5 MARVEL ACTORS WHO MANIFESTED THEIR SUPERHERO ROLES
5 MARVEL ACTORS WHO MANIFESTED THEIR SUPERHERO ROLES The Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded so rapidly that every actor in Hollywood will soon have a part to play in the Multiverse.
For some actors though, the dream to play a superhero on the small or silver screen was taken into their own hands and championed by the actors themselves – whether they knew it at the time or not.
Below, we take a look at five Marvel actors who actually manifested their superhero role into existence, whether it was through playing dress-up as a kid or physically advocating themselves on Twitter.
TEYONAH PARRIS PREDICTED MONICA RAMBEAU ROLE
Despite being previously fan-casted for the role, Teyonah Parris found out she had landed a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but due to the studio’s secrecy, she wasn’t told who she’d be playing.
Whilst sitting in the dark, Buzzfeed reported that Parris texted her agent “What if it’s Monica Rambeau?”
Parris would later be confirmed to play Monica Rambeau in the Disney Plus show WandaVision.
BARRY KEOGHAN ASKED STAN LEE TO MAKE HIM A SUPERHERO
In a series of actors tweeting their superhero roles into existence, Barry Keoghan kicked things off by addressing the late Stan Lee directly, asking the great comic creator to make him a superhero.
Keoghan would later go on to be cast as Druig in Eternals, but the Twitter manifestations didn’t stop there for Eternals fans.
Kumail Nanjiani even dropped a picture of himself with Stan Lee in Keoghan’s tweet, suggesting he was keen on becoming a superhero too.
Nanjiani would also come to star in Eternals alongside Keoghan and play Kingo.
SIMU LIU CHAMPIONED HIMSELF AS SHANG-CHI
Simu Liu was another actor to respond to Keoghan’s call with “So you too, huh”. However, this was not Liu’s first time chasing a particular superhero role.
His first tweet in 2014 to Marvel directly congratulated the studio on its success with Thor and Captain America, but thought it was time to put an Asian superhero in the spotlight.
The actor followed up his tweet in 2018 asking if he and the studio were going to talk about him becoming Shang-Chi.
Liu was later cast as the titular hero in 2021’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
TOM HOLLAND DRESSED AS SPIDER-MAN AS A KID
Tom Holland was not the only kid to dress up as Spider-Man for Halloween or on Saturday mornings, but it led to something great.
Whether the actor manifested this role as a kid or not, US Weekly reported that Holland attended an event in 2014 and was asked what superhero he would want to play, to which he answered:
“What kind of superhero would I want to play? Maybe get ready to play Spider-Man in 10 years time for the reboot of the reboot.”
Holland would later go on to be cast as Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, in 2017 and appear in the subsequent Jon Watts trilogy and various Avengers movies.
IMAN VELLANI WAS ALREADY A MS. MARVEL FAN
Lastly, a photo surfaced on Reddit from user RollinsThunderr showing an image of Iman Vellani from 2017 dressed up as Ms. Marvel for Halloween.
Vellani was 15 years old when she donned the outfit, and four years later, she is now Ms. Marvel, a.k.a. Kamala Khan, for real in Disney Plus’ Ms. Marvel series.