After All the Talking, is Keanu Reeves Really in Eternals?
The 54-year-old actor periodically goes popular on the Internet and is presently starring in “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” and a sweet appearance in the Netflix rom-com “Always Be My Maybe” as his inflated movie star self.
While talks are ongoing, Reeves has not yet signed on the dotted line, claims MCU Cosmic. Discussions are still in their early stages.
He would join the already revealed ensemble, which also includes Kumail Nanjiani and Ma Dong-seok in unspecified roles, as well as Angelina Jolie as Sersi and Richard Madden as Ikaris.
With “Piper” and “Karen” being the next two lead female roles to be cast, Marvel is still looking for an Asian actor for a key role.
Since his name was reported to play a major role in “Doctor Strange” and then “Captain Marvel,” Reeves has been linked to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Is Keanu Reeves Part of Marvel’s The Eternals Characters?
No. Reeves, who is best known for his roles as Neo in The Matrix movies and as John Wick in the John Wick series, was reportedly in talks to feature in The Eternals in June 2019, but he never did.
One publication reported that “talks” were “still in the early stages,” but that “negotiations” were “underway,” citing MCU Cosmic.
Angelina Jolie was supposed to portray Sersi, but she ended up playing Thena instead; Richard Madden was supposed to play Ikaris, but he actually did; and Kumail Nanjiani and Ma Dong-seok were already in the cast (they play Kingo and Gilgamesh, respectively).
Fans have been waiting impatiently for Keanu Reeves to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe since rumors started to circulate that he might play Doctor Strange or possibly Captain Marvel.
How Come He Couldn’t Play Yon-rogg in Captain Marvel?
Keanu Reeves “nearly joined the cast” of Captain Marvel, according to Screen Rant, before the rumors about him being in The Eternals even surfaced.
Jude Law was ultimately cast in the part. He portrayed Yon-Rogg, the commander of Starforce and a member of the Kree Empire. One of Captain Marvel’s first antagonists in the comics is Yon-Rogg.
However, due to a scheduling conflict between John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and the Marvel Studios production, Keanu Reeves was unable to take on the role.
For those that follow the series, John Wick 4 will now be available on March 24, 2023. Just before Christmas, Lionsgate announced the new date in a YouTube video.
What Has Keanu Reeves Said About Joining Mcu?
Reeves discussed the prospect of portraying Doctor Strange with Collider in October 2014, which was more than seven years ago at this point.
He answered, “I like the idea. I watch those kinds of films. I was raised on them, comic books, and graphic novels. But, he continued, “I didn’t read that as a youngster, so I wasn’t familiar with Doctor Strange as a character.
The following day, Screen Rant said – in front of him, no less – that Keanu Reeves would make the best Doctor Strange.
(The Benedict Cumberbatch-starring film was released in 2016)
I don’t know much about Doctor Strange, but I like that kind of stuff, Reeves said in response. Not exactly a chat to brag about, but the thought stuck.
Right Now, Where Is He, And How is He Doing?
Reeves referred to the MCU as “greater than a cosmos” in a November 2021 episode of Esquire’s YouTube series.
“It resembles a multiverse nearly. It is the Marvel universe.
And is he interested in joining the franchise?
“It would be an honor, you know. There are some very amazing visionaries and filmmakers. Nobody actually has ever done what they’re doing. It would be amazing to be a part of that because it is unique in that sense of scope, ambition, and production.
Finally, Esquire announced in February 2021 that Reeves had received an offer for the part of Kraven the Hunter in a stand-alone SUMC film. However, as things stand, according to IMDB, Aaron Taylor-Johnson will be portraying the role in the 2023 release of the film.
Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters, or SUMC, is distinct from the MCU, though no one is quite sure how; Keanu Reeves appears in neither as of yet.