Guardians of the Galaxy’s Vol. 3 star Chukwudi Iwuji says internet rumors about him being Nova or the Silver Surfer are “kind of fun.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s Chukwudi Iwuji has spoken out the various internet rumors surrounding his mystery role in the intergalactic MCU threequel. Iwuji, who spent much of his early career as a stage actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company, has previously appeared in John Wick: Chapter 2 and also had a recurring role on Kiefer Sutherland’s political drama Designated Survivor. In December 2020 director James Gunn had cast him as the mercenary Clemson Murn in his The Suicide Squad spin-off series Peacemaker.
Suggesting that Iwuji was “one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with”, Gunn also cast him in an as-yet-unknown role in his latest Guardians of the Galaxy outing. While details surrounding which Marvel character Iwuji will be playing in the MCU blockbuster are practically non-existent, the director has also suggested that it is a role that “most every big name actor in Hollywood wanted”. This revelation sent fans into a flurry of speculation, with characters such as the Silver Surfer, Beta-Ray Bill, and Nova often at the top of most fan theories.
Most recently Iwuji himself has spoken with The Movie Dweeb (via Comicbook) about his casting in the hotly anticipated Marvel film and was asked about the various rumors currently doing the rounds on the internet. Admitting he still can’t reveal which character he’ll be playing, Iwuji suggests it’s “kind of fun” to be the subject of so much fan speculation. Check out his full comments below:
I saw those [rumors] recently, I’ve seen that. I saw Silver Surfer, I saw Nova, I’ve seen [many]. For me to wrap my head around the fact that I am the subject of speculation around the Internet is kind of fun. But I have to stay mum, I can’t tell you. I’d love to.
While the Silver Surfer and Nova are two cosmic characters Marvel fans are keen to see make their MCU debut, given Gunn’s penchant for taking some serious deep-dives into obscure comic lore and bringing relatively unknown characters to life, Iwuji’s character may end up being someone completely unexpected. Even Groot, the talking tree who has since become one of the MCU’s most beloved characters, was largely completely unknown by fans before Gunn got his hands on him. The director has even suggested that he once had to remind Stan Lee that he did, in fact, create the character himself in 1960.
While fans will probably have to wait until May next year to find out which Marvel character Iwuji will be bringing to life on the big screen, they are already excited to see Will Poulter’s Adam Warlock make his own MCU debut. Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone’s Stakar Ogord is also expected to have a much larger role after his own introduction in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. With over 16 months still yet to go until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 reaches theaters, there’s bound to be a lot more amateur sleuthing and fan theories to come.
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