Zac Efron was part of a generation of performers who gained their first taste of stardom at Disney, thanks to his portrayal as Troy Bolton in High School Musical. Currently, the American actor is appearing in more adult films such as Stephen King’s Firestarter and Hugh Jackman’s hit musical The Greatest Showman.
Efron has proven to be a popular fan cast for a number of Marvel and DC roles over the years, including Adam Warlock, Human Torch, and Nova. The Disney star was apparently used as a blueprint by Marvel Studios when casting Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, a part that finally went to Will Poulter.
Zac Efron has thrown his hat into the ring for a superhero role as Marvel Studios continues to improve its casting game as the world grows with the arrival of teams such as the Eternals, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four.
Zac Efron Wants to Be a Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
During a recent interview with Extra TV to promote his new film Firestarter, Zac Efron expressed interest in joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When questioned about his desire in portraying a Marvel superhero amid fan speculation that he may appear in the MCU, the High School Musical actor answered with excitement, adding that “if the perfect character comes along,” he would be ready to “leap at the opportunity:
“I’m a huge fan of the Marvel world. I’ve been a Marvel fan since I could walk. If the proper character comes along and they want me to play them, I’d leap at the chance.”
Who Could Zac Efron Play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
For many years, Zac Efron has been a fan favorite to join the MCU, and it looks he’s just as excited to play a Marvel hero as fans are to see him in the series. Given his celebrity and history with Disney, it’s surprising he hasn’t portrayed a superhero yet, but his moment may be approaching.
When Marvel Studios was looking for an actor to portray Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it was said that they were looking for a Zac Efron-type, which they found in Will Poulter. Despite being the motivation for the heroic casting, it’s unknown if Efron was ever contacted for the part before Poulter was cast.
Moving ahead, there are a slew of new heroes set to join the MCU in the near future that Zac Efron would be an excellent pick to play. For many years, the Disney actor was a favourite fan cast for Johnny Storm, nicknamed Human Torch, in Fantastic Four, but at 32 years old, he may be a little too old.
Heroes like Richard Rider’s Nova and the X-Cyclops Men’s may now be more suitable for Efron. Given his customary facial hair, acting abilities, and imposing physique, the actor may possibly give a fresh take on Wolverine in the MCU, one that is markedly different from Hugh Jackman’s. Granted, the competition for the part of Wolverine in the MCU is fierce, with both Daniel Radcliffe and Taron Egerton putting their heads in the ring.