Movie dream-casting is a time-honored tradition in every fandom imaginable, from YA novels to superhero movies — and sometimes the actors fans want to play their faves end up hitting the nail right on the head (Remember when everybody wanted Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange and then it totally happened?)
So it only makes sense that Lin-Manuel Miranda has given some serious consideration to the super-powered character he’d like to play if given the chance… but it’s certainly not who you’d expect.
On an episode of the podcast Meet The Movie Press on Friday, Forbes film journalist Simon Thompson mentioned that he and Miranda spoke about Marvel movies during a recent interview, and that Miranda had a very specific dream he wanted to see fulfilled:
“He has this great relationship with Disney and he uses his musical background to get him in the door with Disney to have these sorts of conversations. He is a big fan of Marvel, and there is one particular character that he would actually like to play, that he’s already specified: it’s Carnage. He said that if Disney and Marvel were looking at doing a Maximum Carnage movie or bringing Carnage in as a character, he wants to be Carnage. He was genuinely — as a fan, he would love that.”
For the less comic book savvy among us, Carnage is a villain from the Spider-Man series who gets his powers from a malevolent alien symbiote. Remember Eddie Brock, the smarmy villain Topher Grace played in “Spider-Man 3” alongside Tobey Maguire’s Spidey? Imagine that guy, but if he was already a convicted psychopath to start out with.
No, seriously. When we first meet Cletus Kasady before the symbiote finds him in 1991, he is serving eleven executive prison terms. Upon escaping from prison, he goes on a city-wide killing spree. His character design was straight-up modelled after the Joker. He’s no good, is what I’m getting at.
For Miranda to pick Carnage as his dream comic book role is a fascinating choice, because the two are polar opposites in almost every respect; even ignoring the fact that Miranda is one of the sweetest people alive and Carnage is a straight-up serial killer, he’s also white (although he is a redhead, and we all know how they’re always the first comic book characters to get racebent).
And, as Thompson’s co-host on the Meet the Movie Press podcast pointed out, it also proves that Lin-Manuel Miranda is a giant nerd who absolutely knows his superhero history — trust me, you don’t rally around Carnage unless you were a kid reading comics in the early ‘90s.