Nicolas Cage, a guest at the Miami Film Festival who received the Variety Legend & Groundbreaker Award, shared his thoughts on possibly joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Although Cage has a personal connection to Marvel, as he named himself after a Stan Lee character named Luke Cage, he expressed that he doesn’t feel the need to be a part of the MCU. “I don’t need to be in the MCU, I’m Nic Cage,” said Nicolas Cage.
He understands the frustration about the abundance of superhero films but believes there is room for everyone, including independent and artistic films like the ones he enjoys watching.
Cage has had a history with superhero movies, having played Ghost Rider and almost being cast as Superman in a film directed by Tim Burton in the early 90s.
The Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage that never got made
The Renfield actor still doesn’t know the reason for the failure of the Superman project, but he insisted that Burton should direct the film. Although Warner Brothers were initially hesitant because of the financial loss they had incurred with Burton’s “Mars Attacks,” Cage was impressed with Burton’s work on Batman and was a massive fan of “Mars Attacks.” Ultimately, the project didn’t come to fruition, but Cage remains optimistic about the possibility of playing a different version of Superman.