Laurence Fishburne was one of the more prominent names for DC's 2013 blockbuster Man of Steel, taking on the mantle of Perry White across a couple of features including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yet the 56-year old self confessed comic book nerd has come out to say that he has always been a Marvel man just as he prepares to debut in the 2018 sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Speaking with Collider as he does the press rounds for the Richard Linklater picture Last Flag Flying, Fishburne outlined that he has a side project going on with Marvel in the background. This would follow on from his DC-Marvel switch, walking away from the Zack Snyder franchise to enter the grand world of the MCU.
Something Cool and Earth Changing From Laurence
Fishburne was already an established star by the time 1999's The Matrix was released, but this that period, the actor has been seen as a bankable star who can tie in nicely to an ensemble. Far from a one dimensional performer, he indicated that he has his hands busy with Marvel with a film (or television series) that he cannot elaborate on.
But it sounds exciting.
"I’ve got Blackish going on, I’m developing something else for Marvel that I can’t talk about," he remarked to Collider. "It’s gonna be really cool. It’s gonna change the world, we hope (laughs). I went to Marvel and pitched them something that really couldn’t work out—there was a lot of legal red tape that just (was) something they couldn’t work out. But then they came back with the offer for Ant-Man and the Wasp and then they said, ‘Hey, what do you think of this?’ and I went ‘Oh yeah that, yes!’ so..."
Pym's Assistant Waits in the Wings
While he was happy to be involved with Man of Steel and BvS, Fishburne secretly longed for something with his favorite label. This love for the comic book world derived from childhood as he recalled.
"I have figured out how to get myself into the Marvel Universe," Fishburne explained. "I can only tell you that I, as a comic reader from childhood, I was a Marvel guy primarily because I grew up in New York City in the 60s and 70s when Marvel was really touching on everything that was happening in my world. It was reflected in the books and in the stories they were telling."
Fishburne would keep his cards close to the chest on his role in the 2018 feature, but his character does have a strong relationship with Michael Douglas' Hank Pym.
"All I can tell you is I’m playing Bill Foster, who was Hank Pym’s assistant. That’s how I enter into the world and I’m very excited. Peyton Reed is directing it, who directed the first one. It’s gonna be as fun and cool and smart as the first one."