A common criticism of Marvel movies is that death no longer means anything in the MCU. Aside from Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the majority of characters who met their demise returned to our screens just a short time later, but is that always such a bad thing?
While speaking to Stanley Tucci during promotion for his latest directorial effort, Final Portrait, we asked the celebrated actor whether he would consider returning to the #MCU. Sure, Dr. Abraham Erskine may have died in Captan America: First Avenger, but Tucci's character has been regularly mentioned since in other Marvel movies, even featuring in a school mural within the Spiderman: Homecoming trailer.
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Will Stanley Tucci Ever Return For Another Marvel Movie?
Is there a chance that Tucci could reappear, even if it's just in the form of flashbacks? During our #Berlinale press interview, Tucci revealed that:
"I am desperate to go back... Captain America was one of the most enjoyable experiences I've ever had and I made good friends on that film."
Tucci continued by commending director Joe Johnston for his work on the first #CaptainAmerica film, explaining that:
"I really loved working with Joe [Johnston]. He's a really wonderful director. I love the way the movie is directed... Those movies are so much fun. You know, you get to go play these fun characters, you get to meet great people and you make money. That's nice."
Sounds promising, but there's just one teensy question that remains...
How Could Stanley Tucci's Character Reappear In The MCU?
Dr. Abraham Erskine played a pivotal role in the origin of Captain America, developing the Super Soldier serum that gave him his powers in the first place — but he was unfortunately struck down by agents of Hydra before his story could continue.
Sceptics may balk at the idea of Stanley Tucci reprising his deceased character in the MCU, continuing a trend of unlikely #Marvel resurrections, but there are legitimate ways around this.
After all, Erskine is an important figure in the life of Steve Rogers. We wouldn't be surprised if Tucci's scientist reappeared later down the line in the form of a vision or flashback moment, reminding Cap of his humble origins. Furthermore, the prominence of the reality-warping Infinity Stones in the upcoming sequel, Avengers: Infinity War, could lead to certain fan favorite characters returning for brief cameos or more. At the very least, a one-shot focusing around Erskine's work before the Super Soldier serum was successful — or his escape from Germany — would be a treat for MCU & Tucci fans alike.
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While nothing has been confirmed yet, don't be surprised if everyone's favorite German scientist heads back to the MCU in the near future, bringing Captain America's story full circle. While he's at it, perhaps Dr. Abraham Erskine could take some time out to give the rest of the heroes an eye-catching six-pack too, one that could even rival #ChrisEvans at his peak.
Stanley Tucci is currently promoting his fifth directorial effort, Final Portrait. Starring Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer, Final Portrait explores the story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti to great effect, creating one of 2017's first must-see films.
Would you like to see Stanley Tucci return to the MCU?
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