The MCU has attracted several award-winning and high-profile veteran actors to star in their projects throughout the years. Despite the debates regarding the value of their movies as cinematic art, there is no doubt that it is a talent-friendly franchise and has made some of their actors into bigger stars.
One of the actors that have starred in an MCU film is Michael Keaton, who played the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. His casting in the film was celebrated by fans especially when you consider that he is also known for playing Batman. However, as it turns out, it almost didn't happen.
In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, The Menu and Encanto star John Leguizamo revealed that he almost played the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, he didn't end up taking the role after Marvel asked him to step back when Keaton became available to play the character.
"I was supposed to be the Vulture. We had negotiated and I was about to play him, and they said that Michael Keaton wanted it back and they asked me if I would give it up. I said, 'Well, okay I guess.' They said, 'No, we'll work with you again, we're gonna...' That's what happened there," he said.
Later on, Marvel offered Leguizamo another role in the film. However, he declined as he found the part too small for his liking.
"They offered me something tiny," the actor added. "I went, 'Nuh uh.'"
In retrospect, if Keaton didn't end up taking the role, Leguizamo could also be the perfect fit as the actor who can take on the villain and there is no doubt that he would have also given a great performance just like what the former Batman actor did.
While it is unfortunate to hear that things didn't work out for Leguizamo in terms of joining the MCU, hopefully, we could still see him pop up for a major role in the future and fans would definitely love to see the veteran actor become part of the franchise.
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