During an appearance on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast, Tom Hanks revealed that Marvel Studios has never asked him to be in one of their films or TV shows. The actor responded to a comment asserting that Marvel must have reached out to him at some point by saying, “No, not to my knowledge have they. I do not know.” The “Toy Story” and “Forrest Gump” star then went on to note that, despite the fact that Marvel has yet to reach out to him, he would be interested in playing a role in the MCU.
Hanks made his point by comparing the superhero genre’s current dominance over Hollywood to the popularity of the Western genre in the mid-1900s and, specifically, the Westerns that were made by “The Searchers” and “Stagecoach” director John Ford. “You can maybe say that the John Ford universe of Westerns is not that different, perhaps, than the Marvel universe of motion pictures,” Hanks said. The actor went on to ask, “If it’s a bodacious John Ford Western, would you do it?” Moments later, Hanks answered his own question, saying, “You might do that.”
After expressing his interest in the MCU, Hanks went on to briefly praise the superhero franchise, admitting, “Look, I haven’t seen [every MCU movie]. I’ll give you that right now, but the ones I’ve seen I’ve never come away from [them] without thinking, ‘There are a couple of great performances in there. Man, those people really gave their all.'”
In other words, it sounds like Hanks is totally open to joining the MCU at some point in the future. Whether or not he ever does remains to be seen. For now, there are plenty of upcoming Marvel projects that MCU fans can look forward to seeing in the coming months and years.