Casting Couch

News of Cillian Murphy’s possible, controversial MCU casting has folks sounding off

Ever since his zaddylicious turn in Oppenheimer, the gays have been paying closer attention to veteran actor Cillian Murphy. The Irish hunk has been acting in prestige roles since the late 90s, but since his star turn in the 2013 BBC series “Peaky Blinders,” he’s become a household name here in the states. And for good reason: in addition to having the range and the girth, he’s absolutely got the looks and the charm as well. He’s aging like fine, fine wine, and those cheekbones are only getting sharper with age. He played a trans woman character with unexpected warmth and sympathy in 2005’s Breakfast on Pluto, took on the role of Dr. Jonathan Crane, aka The Scarecow, in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and earned himself a constant place in the Nolan canon.

But one thing he hasn’t done—at least, not yet—is appear in the Marvel Extended Universe. Which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. However, Marvel has definitely been knocking at Murphy’s door after his blockbuster performance in Oppenheimer. And the fans? Well, they’re feeling all sorts of ways about it.

Does joining the MCU make an actor more hot, or less?

Whether or not Murphy says yes to the role, it’s going to be controversial. For starters, our man Cillian isn’t the biggest fan of doing press.

Secondly, the character of Doctor Doom is traditionally Roma, which means that if Murphy is cast, he’ll be presenting a whitewashed version of the character. And that’s just not okay.

Especially since Murphy’s role in “Peaky Blinders” was already whitewashed. Although the press made a big deal of Murphy living with Romani people in preparation for the role, it’s not the same as actually stepping down so that a Roma actor could have played it.

If Murphy takes the role—which seems unlikely—the discourse is sure to be insane.

How would Christopher Nolan feel about his main man becoming an MCU shill? Not good, is my guess!

More on this incredibly important situation as it develops…

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