News has just come out that Marvel’s Eternals is looking to cast Captain Marvel’s Gemma Chan in a completely different role, and a lot of people are saying that this is the first time that the MCU would be casting an actor for two completely different characters. What’s interesting is—it isn’t.
Admittedly, Chan getting Eternals would be the first time an actor in a supporting role would be recast for what is rumored to be a major role, but we have had a lot of different times when someone played two different characters in the MCU.
For one you have Laura Haddock who prominently played Meredith Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy; Haddock had actually appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger as a fan asking for Steve Rogers’ autograph.
We also have Kenneth Choi who played Howling Commando Jim Morita in First Avenger. He would then move on to play principal Morita in Spider-Man: Far from Home, a descendant of Jim. You can even see a photo of Jim Morita during the scenes in the principal’s office.
It’s also worth noting that Martin Starr, who plays Mr. Harrington in the Spider-Man films, also played a security guard from The Incredible Hulk; some even go so far as to say that they’re the same character, but until Marvel acknowledges it, I think they were clearly different.
There are actually other double roles in the film, but I thought it was just neat to list down the actors who actually played the characters as themselves. Other double roles like Sean Gunn’s Rocket Raccoon/Kraglin are different since the other character has a completely different face. I’m also not counting anything from Marvel Netflix or ABC since the MCU is clearly ignoring those with Mahershala Ali (Cottonmout) is the new Blade.
For now, it’s just said that Chan is in talks to play a new character, and it’s likely things won’t push through. It would be great to see her in something more substantial though, because the character of Minn-Erva was kind of dull. You think they could do the same for Mads Mikkelsen?
Catch Eternals when it hits theaters Nov. 6, 2020.