Letting Dastmalchian flex his skills as an actor in an entirely new way seems like a wise choice, as he’s proven himself to be an outstanding addition to most blockbusters he appears in. “The Dark Knight,” “The Suicide Squad,” and “Dune” rank as just a few examples. This isn’t a one-time thing either, as it’s something Marvel Studios has proven its willingness to do as of late.
The first example was Gemma Chan, who appeared as Minn-Erva in “Captain Marvel.” But it was a relatively small role and one that had her covered in alien makeup. So, when it came time to cast Sersi in “Eternals,” Marvel Studios once again turned to Chan, giving her a far meatier role to sink her teeth into. Setting the mixed reception to the movie in question aside, letting Chan have a larger role very much seemed like the right way to go.
Similarly, Mahershala Ali first appeared in “Luke Cage” as Cottonmouth, a primary antagonist in the series. Be that as it may, when it came time to cast a lead for the upcoming “Blade” reboot, Marvel once again turned to the Oscar-winning actor. And it’s easy to see why! He’s one of the finest actors working today and he wants to be Blade, why not let him be Blade?
Allowing these actors to flex their chops in multiple roles, when it’s not terribly distracting, seems like a wise choice. Particularly as the MCU enters 15 years of existence, why not maximize the pool of talent to its fullest potential?
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is currently set to hit theaters on February 17.