Shaquille O’Neal recently told Entertainment Weekly that he would like to have a role in an Avengers movie.
The basketball Hall of Famer and minor actor said his interest is related to Robert Downey, Jr.:
I would love to be in one of the Avengers movies. I would like to kick Robert Downey Jr.’s ass.
O’Neal starred in a superhero movie before: the 1997 DC Comics movie named Steel. The movie is not well-known, nor is it well-regarded and you can see for yourself why that may be:
Steel is also one of the first superhero films with a black lead, coming out just before Blade (1998). O’Neal also discussed Steel:
It was an awesome opportunity. However, I’d like to redo it and get some of these 2018 special effects.
O’Neal’s size could lend itself to some interesting castings for a future Marvel movie. With Disney having bought Fox, Marvel now has full control back over the X-Men and Fantastic 4, allowing for more opportunities for O’Neal to be cast.
One character who comes to mind is the Juggernaut (previously played by Vinnie Jones). The Juggernaut is a supervillain whose hatred for Charles Xavier and the X-Men is rivaled only by his strength. The Juggernaut is a villain who literally serves as an unstoppable force in the Marvel universe.
O’Neal could also play the Thing/Ben Grimm, a member of the Fantastic 4. Grimm transformed into the Thing after Reed Richards’ hubris lead to a failed experiment. Grimm developed super strength and invulnerability but changed drastically in his looks.
Though the Juggernaut is usually an X-Men villain and the Thing is usually fighting alongside Iron Man, not against him, if O’Neal does get cast for a Marvel character and really wants to punch RDJ, I am sure it could get worked into the script.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018.
Avengers: Infinity War– Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.