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Even since the end of the legendary series Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston's movie career has skyrocketed. With an acclaimed performance in last year's Godzilla and an anticipated lead role in the movie Trumbo, Cranston is looking to expand his acting roles from television to movies. At this point, Cranston's career is pretty much unstoppable, so it's no coincidence that he recently expressed an interest in joining one of the biggest film franchises of all time.

The original story on Metro.
The original story on Metro.

In a recent interview with Metro, Cranston said that he is happy to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, he does not want to play an existing character from any of Marvel's comic series. Instead, he wants to play an all new villain made solely for a movie.

You know what I’d like to do? I’d like to do some big superhero villain in some Marvel classic...Create one from scratch… I don’t know what I would do but it would be nasty.

His comments pretty much rule out a discussion of who he could play. He wants to play a new, film-exclusive character. This is arguably a wise request on his part.

The many articles criticizing Marvel villains.
The many articles criticizing Marvel villains.

In recent years, the MCU has come under fire from critics for its villains. Many critics and even fans argue that the Marvel movies lack interesting villains. A common argument is that most of the villains are just shallow pawns to develop the heroes and tease an ultimate battle with Thanos in the Infinity War movies. An original villain could add something new to the franchise, and give longtime Marvel fans a refreshing character they didn't see in the comic books. Who knows? Perhaps Cranston's original villain could make his way into the comic series and become a wildly popular character.

Of course, just because Cranston wants to be in the Marvel series doesn't mean he will be. In fact, it's likely that he won't have any involvement in the films. On the other hand, there is always a possibility that Marvel will look at how big of a star he is and take advantage of his desire to play an original villain.


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