Aaron Taylor-Johnson Admits He Didn't Care About Past MCU Role

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Credit: Marvel Studios

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Credit: Marvel Studios

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is set to embark on another Marvel role as he is starring in the upcoming Sony film Kraven the Hunter as the titular Spider-Man villain. Originally set for release this fall, it was recently delayed to next year due to the ongoing strikes.

The Golden Globe-winning actor previously took on another Marvel character in the MCU film Avengers: Age of Ultron where he played Quicksilver. However, his appearance was just a one-off since he died during the climactic event.

There is no doubt that Taylor-Johnson has become one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood as proven by the various films that he starred in for the past several years and Kraven the Hunter is certainly going to be his biggest one yet as the lead.

However, before starring in the Sony project, the actor declined many franchise films in the past and he has strong feelings about the ones that he starred in.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson 'Didn't Really Care' About Starring in Avengers: Age of Ultron

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In an interview with Esquire magazine, Taylor-Johnson opened up about rejecting some of the franchise roles that were offered to him and how he didn't end care about the ones that he starred in such as the MCU's Avengers: Age of Ultron.

"There was Kick-Ass and then there was Godzilla and Avengers, and all those things lined up for me. But I didn’t really care for them…[I was up for movies] that nobody knows about—big, huge franchises that were in play," he said.

"[But] I wanted, purely, to be with my babies. I didn’t want to be taken away from them. I battled with what that would be like. I would say I was probably not ready to be in that position anyway—it was too early. But yeah, I also slightly didn’t give a fuck."

This is certainly a surprisingly blunt comment to hear from the actor since this is the first time that we've heard him describe his past franchise roles in this kind of way.

It also explains why we never saw Taylor-Johnson reprise the role of Quicksilver again in other MCU projects, especially in WandaVision where the character had an opportunity to show up for flashback or dream sequences. Instead, Evan Peters played a fake version of Quicksilver.

Perhaps in the case now for Kraven the Hunter, Taylor-Johnson was more enthusiastic about the titular role since he is the lead and it's a more compelling character for him to play with than the MCU hero.

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It's interesting to see how he will fare well with Kraven the Hunter, who is a fan-favorite character in the Spider-Man comics and hopefully Taylor-Johnson will deliver what fans are hoping with the character's big-screen adaptation.

Kraven the Hunter is slated for release in theaters on August 30, 2024. You can check more details about it here.

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