A Trio of Rumored MCU Stars Could Shake-Up the Franchise After Dwayne Johnson Meets Kevin Feige in Secret

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We already know that entrepreneur, professional wrestler, and film star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is on his way back to Disney in the upcoming sequel to 2016’s smash hit Moana.

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We also know that the Jungle Cruise (2021) star, who has appeared in numerous films alongside Hollywood talent like Brendan Fraser, Kevin Hart, and Ryan Reynolds, has also put filmmaking on the back burner lately as he made his return to one of his first loves, professional wrestling. Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock” to WWE fans, recently made waves across the professional wrestling world when he returned to Wrestlemania 40.

After leaving college, the Fast X (2023) star, made the jump to what was then the World Wrestling Federation, now WWE. One of the biggest names in professional wrestling, Dwayne Johnson became synonymous with other giants like Stone Cold Steve Austin, CM Punk, and John Cena.

Despite a wrestling career that saw Dwayne Johnson named WWE Champion, he eventually made the move over to film, where he’s starred alongside names like Emily Blunt in Jungle Cruise (2021), worked under James Gunn on the recent DC slop Black Adam (2022), and played Luke Hobbs in the Fast & the Furious franchise. However, Dwayne Johnson’s next stop in a side-arm of Disney could be the biggest yet in his career.

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As we mentioned, in 2022, the San Andreas (2015) star took on the role of Black Adam in the DC Universe. Playing second-fiddle to the notorious Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC hoped that the brand name behind Dwayne Johnson would be enough to catapult the franchise past a struggling Marvel brand. Their attempt failed.

Outside of Maui and Black Adam, Johnson’s turn at taking on superpowers may not be over; however, as many fans, citing an X, formerly Twitter post, that he recently met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige backstage at Cinemacon, have ignited speculation that “The Rock” may soon come to the MCU.

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This would be massive news for the struggling Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is now relying on Deadpool & Wolverine to save it! The idea of bringing Dwayne Johnson to the MCU isn’t as far-fetched as it may sound. Amid speculation that Marvel has now poached Henry Cavill and Ryan Gosling, along with news that Pedro Pascal will join the upcoming Fantastic Four project, Johnson would likely fit right in!

Johnson has experience working with other DC personalities. In 2021, he appeared on screen alongside Gal Gadot in Red Notice, but he’s also worked with some MCU names like Karen Gillan (Nebula) in Jumanji (2017) and Jumanji: Next Level (2019).

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Time will tell if the Scorpion King (2002) star will make his way to the MCU, but that secret meeting behind closed curtains with Kevin Feige is sure to add fuel to the fire!

Rumors Surround Henry Cavill

As for the others, Henry Cavill is suggested to potentially play a variant of Wolverine in the upcoming Deadpool 3 film. Henry Cavill, celebrated for his iconic portrayal of Superman in Man of Steel (2013) and his riveting performance in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018), has ignited a whirlwind of excitement within the entertainment industry with rumors swirling about his possible induction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

This tantalizing prospect has sent waves of anticipation through the fan community, who eagerly await the prospect of witnessing Cavill’s captivating presence and remarkable acting prowess grace the realm of Marvel superheroes.

Renowned for his ability to command the screen with charisma and depth, Cavill’s potential entry into the MCU opens up a world of possibilities for the roles he could undertake. From embodying a classic superhero to delving into a complex anti-hero character, Cavill’s versatility as an actor promises to inject a fresh and dynamic energy into the already impressive ensemble of performers within the MCU.

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The idea of Cavill joining forces with the likes of Chris Pratt and Chris Hemsworth is nothing short of thrilling for fans and industry insiders alike. His track record of delivering compelling and nuanced performances in a range of genres positions him as a valuable asset to any cinematic universe, making his potential involvement in the MCU a tantalizing prospect for both fans and the film industry as a whole.

As speculations continue to swirl and negotiations potentially unfold behind closed doors, one thing remains certain: Henry Cavill’s foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, if realized, has the potential to mark a significant and exhilarating chapter in the superhero franchise’s ever-evolving narrative.

Tack on Ryan Gosling for Good Measure

According to Fandom Wire, the MCU isn’t just stopping at Dwayne Johnson and Henry Cavill either. According to an Industry Insider, the upcoming Secret Wars project will also include Ryan Gosling!

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Ryan Gosling, a luminary figure in the realm of entertainment, has crafted an illustrious career marked by redefining the art of acting. His journey commenced within the iconic realms of the Mickey Mouse Club, where his early talents sparked the admiration of audiences. However, it was through his remarkable evolution and dedication to his craft that Gosling transcended mere celebrity to become a true cinematic force.

Throughout his cinematic endeavors, Ryan Gosling has consistently dazzled both viewers and critics alike with his transformative performances, effortlessly embodying a diverse array of characters with unmatched depth and authenticity. From the tender and raw portrayal in Blue Valentine (2010) to the poignant and troubled teacher in Half Nelson (2006), Gosling proved his ability to delve into the complexities of the human experience with unparalleled skill.

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Notably, his involvement in projects like La La Land (2016)and Blade Runner 2049 (2017) further underscore his status as a leading figure in contemporary cinema. In the Oscar-winning musical La La Land (2016), Gosling’s portrayal of a jazz musician navigating love and ambition showcased his acting prowess and highlighted his musical talents. Similarly, his role in the thought-provoking sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 (2017) exemplified his ability to breathe life into intriguing and enigmatic characters.

Beyond his on-screen accomplishments, Gosling ventured into the realm of directing with Lost River (2014), a visually striking and atmospheric film that reflected his unique artistic sensibilities. This foray into filmmaking demonstrated his multifaceted talents and a profound understanding of storytelling, solidifying his status as a creative visionary in the industry.

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Ryan Gosling’s enduring appeal and dedication to his craft have elevated him to the echelons of cinematic excellence, earning him admiration as one of the finest actors of his generation. With a remarkable body of work that continues to push boundaries and defy expectations, Gosling remains a captivating presence on screen and a true icon of the silver screen.

‘Secret Wars’ is Coming

Secret Wars remains one of the most anticipated events for Marvel fans, and the possibility of seeing it unfold in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has generated significant excitement. The Secret Wars storyline, with its intricate web of alliances, betrayals, and epic battles, has the potential to propel the MCU into uncharted territories.

Should the MCU decide to adapt Secret Wars, it would need to navigate a complex narrative involving various key characters such as Doctor Doom, Iron Man, Captain America, and others. The involvement of Doctor Doom, a formidable and cunning antagonist, could add a new layer of depth to the already rich tapestry of the MCU.


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Moreover, the Secret Wars event could serve as a platform to introduce new heroes and villains, including Johnson, Gosling, and Cavill into the MCU, expanding its already vast roster of characters. The likes of Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel, or even the enigmatic Molecule Man could make their debut in spectacular fashion during the Secret Wars arc.

Given Marvel Studios’ track record of successfully translating intricate storylines to the big screen, fans can expect a cinematic spectacle like no other if Secret Wars becomes a reality in the MCU. The Russo Brothers, known for their work on Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Endgame (2019), could be ideal candidates to capture the grandeur and complexity of the Secret Wars saga.

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In conclusion, the potential inclusion of Secret Wars in the MCU holds immense promise for both casual viewers and dedicated comic book fans. If done right, it could be a game-changing event that reshapes the landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years to come.

About Michael Arnold

Michael is a father, husband, and an Army Veteran. Michael spends his weekends at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando checking out new merchandise and food. Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has an education background in Public Health. You can find Michael riding Pirates of the Caribbean over and over again or binge watching new Marvel and Star Wars content. Han shot first. Thor is the strongest Avenger. Roll Tide and Wash Your Hands!

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