Would Bryan Cranston Make A Good Marvel Villain? The 'Breaking Bad' Star Is Ready To Go Dark Again
Bryan Cranston has been a successful Hollywood actor for over 30 years now, but it was his role as science teacher turned meth drug lord Walter White on Breaking Bad that pretty much made him a household name. While Walter's original motivations for getting involved in meth production and sales were well-intentioned, it's safe to say that he turned into a bit of a monster by the end of things, and it's a role that Cranston played ridiculously well. Walter was downright terrible at times, which is why it seems pretty perfect that Cranston wants to play a Marvel villain that rivals Walter White in his worst moments. Can you think of anything more perfect? I didn't think so.
In an interview with UK's Metro, Cranston revealed his secret hopes to play a nefarious character in the comic book movie franchise, hopefully an original villain that's been written just for him. "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." I don't know about you, but I like the sound of that.
The Marvel universe already has plenty of great, memorable villains, so it's hard to imagine an evil character being created that's totally different from ones that exist already. However, I'm sure it's possible, and Cranston could be downright terrifying if given the right storyline (and an opportunity to play the character, of course). Plus, he's not exactly a stranger to the world of comic book heroes. Back in 2011, he voiced Jim Gordon in the DC Comics release Batman: Year One. See? He's already a shoe-in.
One of Cranston's biggest gifts as an actor, which viewers saw often in Breaking Bad, is his ability to portray malevolence and vengeance in really understated ways. Walter White's actions were that much worse because he presented himself as a stand-up guy, just trying to make the best of a terrible situation. But somewhere in there, he fell in love with the power, and it led him to do underhanded and downright murderous things at times. I can't think of a better inspiration for a comic book villain than those exact traits.
Nothing's been set in stone just yet, of course, but if Marvel execs are out there and are in need of a new bad guy, I think Cranston would be more than willing to take on the role.
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