The release of the Untitled Avengers film next year will mark the end of an era, but the beginning of a new one. With actors like Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans not likely to reprise their roles, Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will begin to usher in new characters from their vast roster. While fans have their speculations as to who should join the MCU, actors, too, have their dream roles to play as fans. In an interview with JoBlo, Simon Pegg expressed his desires to play the role of Captain Britain.
For those that aren’t familiar, Captain Britain is not the British alternate-dimension version of Steve Rogers. Captain Britain is the leader of Excalibur (based in Great Britain), composed of some former X-members, like Nightcrawler and Shadowcat. Under the mask, he’s known as Brian Braddock, brother to a familiar face – Betsy Braddock a.k.a. Psylocke. He possesses abilities such as flying at supersonic speeds, superhuman strength, and enhanced perception.
Simon Pegg’s choice of Captain Britain proves his fandom is deep, “I mean, Captain Britain was this Marvel superhero that I loved growing up, ’cause he was the British member of that community. I even have a Captain Britain mask when I was a kid, but I fear I would probably be slightly too old now, but if they do have… If a Captain Britain movie comes about, they’re gonna need a British cast, so… I’ll be waiting.”
Pegg seems hopeful, but realistic about the possibility of being cast for the dream role. If the possibility of developing Captain Britain becomes a reality for the future of the MCU, who should it be? If a younger depiction is what Marvel Studios is aiming for, English actors Ben Hardy who played Angel in X-Men: Apocalypse or Taron Egerton of the Kingsmen franchise would be great fits for the role.
Hopefully, Pegg has a role with any film that includes Captain Britain, considering he’s been a fan of the character. His credits as a writer include Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End.