Actor Ryan Gosling recently spoke about his prospects of debuting in the Marvel cinematic universe. The actor denied claims that he had been cast in Marvel’s “Nova,” instead joking that he would rather play Captain Canada, a superhero who initially appeared in a 90’s comic strip.
While MCU showrunners have not confirmed the prospect of bringing on Gosling in some capacity, Gosling might appear in the franchise when the two sides agree to work on a project.
As per his current film projects, Gosling starred as the lead in the action thriller “The Gray Man,” He is also expected to appear in the rom-com flick “Barbie.”
‘I Don’t Know Anything About Nova’
Gosling discussed which superhero he would want to portray in the MCU in a recent interview with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz (via IndieWire).
For a time, rumors that the actor would make his MCU debut in “Nova” have circulated. While MCU showrunners had not verified the news, fans were already expecting the actor to take on the part in the near future.
However, the Hollywood actor laughed off those various casting speculations as mere hearsay. He joked that he would only be joining the MCU if he was cast as Captain Canada, appearing to reference his Canadian origin subtly.
“I don’t know anything about Nova if that’s what you’re going to ask me,” he told reporter Josh Horowitz during the chat. “It doesn’t matter. I wasn’t right for it,”
He continued: “I was waiting for the Captain Canada call.”
While Gosling’s mention of playing Captain Canada may be seen as a joke, the character Captain Canada actually exist, albeit not among the well-known Marvel characters or among DC’s array of fictitious stars that have debuted on the big screen.
Captain Canada initially appeared in Captain Newfoundland, a Canadian comic strip published in the Newfoundland Herald in 1979. In the comic, Captain Newfoundland served as Captain Canada’s mentor, teaching him the ins and outs of becoming a hero.
Captain Newfoundland is an ancient extraterrestrial astronaut, one of the last survivors of a “godlike” species that once lived in the mythical city of Atlantis. Captain Canada, on the other hand, is a typical human named Daniel Eaton who was given a suit by Captain Newfoundland that endowed him with new supernatural physical and mental skills.
Eaton’s thoughts guide the suit, but not all the suit’s abilities were initially available to him. To gain the additional powers, he had to prove himself worthy. Ultimately, he demonstrates this mettle by rescuing individuals in need and becomes the guardian of Canada and the liberties it stands for.
Ryan Gosling And The MCU
Despite his expressed desire, Gosling playing Captain Canada appears to be a remote prospect. However, considering his acting abilities, one can’t rule out the actor collaborating with Marvel in any other role among their collection of untapped superheroes.
Captain America and Captain Marvel are already out of the running, given that Marvel has well explored both roles. The former was portrayed by Chris Evans, while the latter is a feminine superhero played by Brie Larson, albeit Lashana Lynch made a cameo in the role in “Doctor Strange 2.”
If Marvel and Gosling can agree for the actor to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, he would join the hallowed league of Hollywood stars who have taken up superpowered roles in the franchise. Recent additions include Angelina Jolie, Christian Bale, Angelina Jolie, Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke, Owen Wilson, and Emilia Clarke.
Ryan Goslings Upcoming Features
Meanwhile, fans may see Gosling’s “The Gray Man,” which premieres on Netflix on July 22. Gosling plays Six, a CIA black operations mercenary forced to flee after finding damning CIA secrets that now endanger his life.
The thriller film, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, is expected to kick off a franchise based on John Greaney’s Gray Man novels. Evans, Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Regé-Jean Page, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters, Dhanush, Alfre Woodard, and Billy Bob Thornton will also appear.
Gosling will also portray Ken in “Barbie,” a forthcoming romantic comedy film based on Mattel’s namesake fashion doll brand. Greta Gerwig will direct the film, while “Suicide Squad” actress Margot Robbie will play Barbie.
Filming was completed in July 2022. “Barbie” will be released in theatres in the United States on July 21, 2023.