Dante Basco wants to play an X-Men character when the MCU reboots the team. Basco is most known for voicing the firebender Zuko on Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was on Nickelodeon for three seasons from 2005-2008. Basco has continued his acting career and appeared in a few projects every year since Avatar ended in 2008, and even returned to the franchise to voice General Iroh in The Legend of Korra.
While Avatar: The Last Airbender is currently experiencing a new wave of popularity due to the series’ arrival on Netflix, the same can’t be said the X-Men franchise. Fans are still waiting to see the long-anticipated The New Mutants, but the most recent addition to the X-Men franchise, Dark Phoenix, left fans disappointed. Disney now owns the IP to the X-Men characters however, meaning they will soon be introducing the famous superhero team to the MCU. In fact, at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige confirmed Marvel would incorporate mutants in its evergrowing cinematic universe. When Disney does start casting the X-Men however, they can call on Basco to play a character.
Basco recently sat down with Comic Book Movie to talk about Artificial: Remote Intelligence, a live-streamed interactive series on Twitch. When asked about what superhero roles he’d like to play, Basco revealed that he’d like to join the X-Men universe as either Wolverine or Nightcrawler. Basco’s full comment from the interview can be read below:
“You know I’d love to voice or act in X-Men. Being a person of color growing up, the stories always rang true to me that mutants aren’t outcasts but instead to focus on what makes them special. Something in the X-Men world would be great. I was a big fan of Wolverine, of course, like everybody else. But I’m also a big fan of Nightcrawler. I love seeing the different iterations and I’m curious to see what happens now that Disney bought FOX and they got the IP back.”
With the MCU creating a new iteration of the team, Marvel is recasting all of the X-Men, besides Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. In previous X-Men movies, Alan Cumming and Kodi Smit-McPhee played Nightcrawler, while Wolverine was, of course, played by Hugh Jackman. It is going to be harder for Marvel to recast Wolverine over Nightcrawler since Jackman has become synonymous with the character, but casting Basco in either role could add a layer of diversity to the MCU.
Despite Avatar: The Last Airbender being off the air for over a decade, the cartoon still has a huge fanbase, with people always interested to talk to the Avatar voice actors. With Basco already being apart of one popular franchise, he would likely be a fan-favorite choice for an X-Men character depending on which role he was campaigning for. There’s no way of knowing who will be cast, or even which X-Men characters will be included in the MCU, but Basco, in general, has the potential to exceed in a live-action X-Men role.
Source: Comic Book Movie
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