Now isn’t this a coincidence? A few days ago Matthew McConaughey confirmed that he’d been approached for both Marvel and DC roles and is in fact still open to appearing in films for either studio. And low and behold it’s now been rumored that the Oscar winning actor has been approached about portraying Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, in the 2017 Spider-Man reboot.
That Hashtag Show has uploaded a video where they reveal that according to their sources, Marvel and Sony both want McConaughey to star as the iconic villain. They believe that the Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, and Mud actor will help to elevate the franchise, especially in the wake of their decision to cast the relatively unknown Asa Butterfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
Butterfield hasn’t yet been confirmed as the latest incarnation of the superhero, but last week the internet became awash with rumors that Marvel and Sony have decided the 18-year-old is perfect for the part. Butterfield has previously only appeared in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Hugo, and Ender’s Game, and it’s thought that the two studios would like to surround the youngster with seasoned and established actors to shoulder the burden of the blockbuster.
But how much credence can you give to The Hashtag Show’s rumors? Well, even the publication themselves admit that even though they’re adamant the information comes from a reliable source, it is still firmly a rumor at this moment, especially since casting decisions can change in an instant.
Quick spoiler warning: there are some pretty major Avengers: Age Of Ultron spoilers ahead so don’t read on if you still haven’t seen the film.
There is one reason it could be true though. That’s because according to Hashtag News, the same sources were the first to confirm to them several weeks before the release of Avengers 2 that Quicksilver dies in Age Of Ultron. This sadly proved to be completely true. They also were one of the first to divulge that Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Paul Bettany’s Vision, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Don Cheadle’s War Machine, and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow would make up the new Avengers team at the culmination of the sequel, which is led by Chris Evans’ Captain America.
That doesn’t mean that McConaughey’s presence in Spider-Man is now a formality, but it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on. Over the weekend McConaughey admitted that he’d already read various Marvel and DC scripts, and he was still open to featuring in one.
“I’ve read some Marvel and DC scripts and I’ve talked about working with them on some scripts, none of which I’ll share with you what are – or were. Yeah I’ve circled some of those. Nothing has been right for me yet. But I’m sure open to it.”
And while it’s a little hard to imagine the effortlessly cool and charismatic Matthew McConaughey as the creepy, maniacal, and conniving Norman Osborn, there’s no denying the fact that the Texan thespian is usually able to intimately wrap his talents around any role. And, if given the chance, he would almost certainly do the same with the villain here too.
It’s been heavily rumored that Butterfield’s Spider-Man will make his debut in Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, while his own solo film will then be released on July 28, 2017.