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Daniel Craig Was Almost in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’

Daniel Craig within the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Are you able to think about it? Someplace out in that huge net of infinitely branching timelines, you don’t need to—as a result of Craig got here tantalizingly near enjoying a task in Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity.

The rumors began shortly after the film’s launch final Could, when Deadline reporter Justin Kroll tweeted that Craig had been slated to play one of many members of the Illuminati, however had backed out due to Covid considerations.

Then, in October, idea artist Darrell Warner revealed a watercolor portray of Craig’s scrapped character: Balder the Courageous. The portray reveals Balder wearing Asgardian armor, holding a sword and flanked by ravens. His face clearly resembles Craig.

In Physician Unusual 2, the Illuminati is a gaggle of superheroes on Earth-838 who secretly shield the universe from threats like Thanos and the multiversal collisions often called incursions. On Earth-838, the Illuminati consists of Reed Richards, a.ok.a. Mr. Unbelievable (John Krasinski); Maria Rambeau, a.ok.a. Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch); Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell); Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart); Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor); and Black Bolt (Anson Mount).

Within the comics, Balder the Courageous is an Asgardian warrior and Thor’s half-brother. Like his counterpart in Norse mythology, Balder is granted invulnerability to nearly all weapons, till Loki methods the god Hoder into killing Balder with a dart created from mistletoe.

For awhile, we didn’t hear a lot about Craig’s attainable function within the MCU. Nevertheless, a brand new video and an interview with Craig has shed extra mild on the topic.

Craig (form of) addresses his MCU close to miss

On December 22, Craig appeared on the podcast Glad Unhappy Confused with Josh Horowitz. After discussing his latest look as Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion, Horowitz requested Craig if he’d ever heard of the character Balder the Courageous. Craig paused, after which stated that he hadn’t.

Then, when Horowitz requested him concerning the rumors that he’d been solid as Balder, Craig coyly stated, “I don’t know what you’re speaking about.” Ah, mendacity by way of one’s enamel: a time-honored MCU custom. No matter you say, Daniel! Wink wink!

There’s much more proof that Balder was set to seem in Physician Unusual 2. On December 30, The Direct reported on a video shared by Elizabeth Olsen’s stunt double, C.C. Ice, displaying Balder mendacity on the ground of the Baxter Institute on Earth 838. That Balder is most definitely a stunt double, however it does verify that the character made it fairly far into manufacturing earlier than getting minimize. Wanda was reportedly going to govern Balder into impaling himself on his personal sword.

Will Daniel Craig ever be part of the MCU?

There’s nonetheless cause to hope that we’ll get Daniel Craig within the MCU sometime, even when it’s not as an Asgardian. When Horowitz requested Craig if he was open to the concept of a future MCU function, Craig stated, “Completely. Yeah, positively.”

Right here’s hoping that sometime, our timeline would be the one by which we will take pleasure in a super-powered Daniel Craig in a Marvel film.

(featured picture: Marvel Leisure)

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