Denzel Washington Declined Marvel’s Offer To Play Galactus

Denzel Washington Declined Marvel’s Offer To Play Galactus

The Equalizer’s Denzel Washington is reported to have turned down the role of Marvel‘s Destroyer of Worlds, Galactus, in the MCU’s upcoming Fantastic Four movie.

Washington has had a long career in show business. He’s famous for his roles in Training Day, Malcolm X, The Pelican Brief, American Gangster, The Book of Eli and many more. His Equalizer franchise has had relatively good success at the box office, with a third one set to release in September of this year.

The renowned actor has also been actively working behind the scenes too. He has produced several films, including The Equalizer franchise and has directed some films, such as Fences and A Journal for Jordan.

Because of Washington’s tenure in the industry, it seems that Marvel Studios wants him to be one of MCU’s most prominent and oldest threats.

Denzel Washington Turned Down Playing Galactus

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A report by Hollywood insider Grace Randolph of Beyond the Trailer says that the multi-award-winning actor Denzel Washington has declined the role of Galactus.

The Marvel villain is not an easy role to fill. The character is a major threat to the Marvel Universe, as it can literally eat planet Earth if he wanted to. Galactus, also known as Galan, is a cosmic entity that is beyond our normal understanding of age.

We can only imagine that he would have the bearing that commands respect and who also has the intimidating power to overcome anyone or any entity in the universe.

We can imagine that Denzel Washington has been chosen mainly because he is a highly recognizable and respectable person in the industry. It’s something that seems to be fitting when you need to hear the voice of Galactus. It’s not just about the familiarity, but it does emphasise the importance of who he is.

Unfortunately, it seems that the actor has refused to take on the huge Marvel role. The reason for his decision is unknown.

But we have to note that Grace Randolph doesn’t have a perfect record in terms of industry rumours. However, she does have reports that did get it right. So, in other words, take it with a grain of salt. She was the one who said that Vanessa Kirby is in the running as Sue Storm and has reported that the Fantastic Four film would be set in the 60s. The 60s setting has also been reported by another industry insider Daniel RPK.

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Denzel Washington Declined Marvel's Offer To Play Galactus

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Galactus has been one of the characters we’ve wanted to see in the MCU for a while now. We’ve seen extreme giants already in the Marvel Universe, especially with the Celestials, which were featured in a number of MCU films. But seeing Galactus is just another level of excitement for fans of the comics.

We’ve seen the character on the silver screen before in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer back in 2007. Unfortunately, his appearance was very underwhelming since fans of the comic book were looking forward to seeing how he was going to show up as a giant human who is bigger than Earth. Only for the audience to witness him showing up as a cloud. It’s just as disappointing as seeing Parallax as a cloud in Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern.

Fantastic Four’s casting rumours are on a high, with reports of Adam Driver, Margot Robbie, Vanessa Kirby, Jodie Comer, and several others being reported to be in talks. Not only that, but even Antonio Banderas is said to also have been offered the role of one of Marvel’s most powerful beings in its universe, Galactus.

So far, there are no solid reports with regard to the production’s cast members. Nevertheless, there are even rumours that the casting is already done. And again, without an official announcement from Marvel, it’s hard to believe anything we hear or read.

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  1. Anonymous

    I so want to see a remake with the Silver Surfer. This franchise has stood the sands of time as it is still being published today – from 1968.
    This is a direct quote from Stan Lee…

    “He’s the one I want to see more. He’s the most philosophical of all the characters I’ve ever worked on. And I have an idea for my cameo in that one!” (credit SyFy Wire)
    The last film showed Galactus as a cloud but with CGI this story/character could be monumental.

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