We live at the height of the superhero movie boom. Everyone likes me or not, in large part it is due to Marvel and the large number of films and, now, series, that make up and will continue to make up the MCU. For the same reason, there are actors who have been part of both universes. One of them is Zachary Levi. He was featured in all three Thor movies. The thing is, he had such a small role that we don’t blame them if they didn’t even grasp that it was about him. He played Fandral, the handsome, a member of the Warriors Three. In Thor: Ragnarok – 92% literally just came out to die instantly at the hands of Hela. Immediately after this, the actor starred in Shazam! – 88% and the rest, as they would say, is history.
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Now the actor spoke on a panel at Dragon Con 2021. There, as reported by The Direct (via .), the actor spoke of his time at Marvel and his transition from the MCU to the DCEU. Something he said and which is certainly sad, is that it was a dream come true for him to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe because he was always a fan of comics, but he was disappointed when he realized that he had a very small and inconsequential role. He talked about the fact that in Thor’s third he didn’t even say anything, he just came out to die. Here his words:
Working on Thor was a dream come true. I grew up devouring Marvel comics. I was definitely a Marvel kid as a comic book reader… So it was great. I was very grateful that I was part of that. I was able to be in the Marvel Universe and play a really fun, interesting and different character. In the end Kenneth Branagh believed in me enough to choose me for the first one… That was really cool… I didn’t have much to do either, you know? And really, nothing to do in the third … I knew I was going to die in the third. I did not know that I was going to die, having said nothing. Even the few words they gave me were taken from me.
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It is really sad that the paper you recorded does not correspond to what is finished on the screen. It is part of the magic of editing and one of the perils of the acting profession. Truthfully, that must have been frustrating, as was landing a role in the MCU and being a practically irrelevant character, to the degree that he was killed that way in Thor: Ragnarok. The good thing about it is that he was fortunate enough to be reborn in the DCEU as a main character. He talked about that and mentioned that he is infinitely grateful that this happened in the end, even though he is no longer a young actor:
But also, in hindsight, I had that trip, I died in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and then I was able to be reborn in the DC Universe and I can’t tell you how incredibly cool that is and how grateful I am for it. As a bigger actor, I’m not the young guy on the market that everyone wants to be and who thinks ‘Oh that’s our cool superhero’ and I’m the guy who’s been a nerd for a long time and he’s forty and they thought ‘yes. Actually, you know, you are perfect because you never grew up inside.
It is true that at certain ages it is more difficult for an actor to be hired to play a superhero, but fortunately Zachary Levi had his second chance and everything worked out in the end.
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