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Don't Do It, Lin-Manuel

By Dustin Rowles | Marvel Movies | November 22, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Marvel Movies | November 22, 2016 |

Look: Lin-Manuel couldn’t do Hamilton forever. He’s gotta branch out. He did the music for this weekend’s Moana soundtrack, and I have heard nothing but amazing things. He’ll also star in the Marry Poppins sequel with Emily Blunt. That’s perfect!

But Miranda also has a shitton of clout, and while I wouldn’t begrudge him opportunities to star in franchise films, the world doesn’t need another comic-book superhero or villain. More importantly, he should never be cast in a film where his face, his voice, and his presence are buried in clap. It’s a perfectly good waste of a Lin-Manuel.

But that’s exactly what he wants to do, as he told Meet the Movie Press. He wants to play Carnage in a Marvel movie.

He is a big fan of Marvel and there is one particular character that he would actually like to play. It’s Carnage. He said if Disney and Marvel were looking at doing a Maximum Carnage movie or bringing Carnage in (the MCU) as a character, he wants to be Carnage. Genuinely as a fan, he would love to play Carnage. That’s a goal of his.

This is what Carnage looks like.


Do we really want Lin-Manuel Miranda locked into a 10-year deal with Marvel to play the same character at the expense of all the sunshine he can bring to the world? Remember what happened to Andrew Garfield? He went four years without making a non-Marvel movie.

And what a waste, too. Like Lupita Nyong’o in Star Wars: The Force Awakens:


Or Idris in Star Trek: Beyond:


It’s a complete and total waste of a perfectly great actor.

Unless, of course, Carnage is a musical.

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