Many Star Wars actors have gone on to also appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) — the reverse is also true. Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson both leapt from a galaxy far, far away into Marvel’s superhero universe. Oscar Isaac recently followed up his sequel trilogy role with a starring role in Moon Knight.
Just because many have done it, however, doesn’t mean every celebrity wants to jump from one mega-franchise to another. John Boyega, for example, doesn’t seem to have any current interest in making his MCU debut.
When asked about whether or not he has any plans to make an MCU appearance, the actor was quick to clarify his fans shouldn’t expect it anytime soon.
“That’s not in the vision for me now,” Boyega told Men’s Health. “I want to do nuanced things. I want to donate my services to original indie films that come with new, fresh ideas, because I know it’s real hard to top Iron Man in that universe.”
It makes sense for Boyega to want to stick to the indie scene. This year alone, he has worked on three major projects: Breaking, which releases this month, They Cloned Tyrone, and The Woman King, also featuring Oscar winning actor Viola Davis.
In Hollywood, when you find a string of jobs that keeps you working, fulfills your passion, and exposes you to fewer trolls than a franchise like Star Wars or Marvel would, why would you give that up?
Perhaps Boyega will change his mind someday, or even, in the very distant future, return to the Star Wars franchise in some capacity. But these things likely won’t happen for a very long time. After the way the actor and some of his co-stars were treated after the sequel trilogy, he has every right to not want to deal with mega-franchise trolls who spend all their free time harassing creators and other fans.
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