Summary

  • Keanu Reeves’ dream role in the MCU may not be ideal – could a different iconic character be a better fit?
  • Reeves as Wolverine could be a possibility, but Ghost Rider might be a more perfect match for his talents.
  • Fans are eager for Reeves to star in a Ghost Rider project, but his return to Constantine 2 should not be overlooked.



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Keanu Reeves has been dreaming of a particular role in the MCU, but the casting overlooks something even better. Reeves is one of many beloved actors who has yet to make an appearance in the MCU after having ascended to the ranks of Hollywood royalty. While Hollywood actors like Christian Bale and Cate Blanchette have played central yet one-time roles in the franchise, the appetite for Reeves to play a recurring role in the MCU as one of its main heroes is exemplified by the wealth of fan-casts that place him front-and-center.


One of the more popular fancasts for Reeves is Wolverine, which is a possibility that has become more viable now that Marvel has reacquired the rights for X-Men. Given the X-Men are poised to take a central role in the future of the MCU – likely in the context of an MCU reboot – casting the right actor for the role is more crucial than ever. As such, despite his popularity, Wolverine may not be the best role for Reeves. Indeed, even Reeves’ dream role perhaps isn’t as ideal as the actor’s impending comic book future.

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Keanu Reeves’ Dream MCU Role Is Ghost Rider

Keanu Reeves as John Wick and Ghost Rider in Marvel Comics
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Ghost Rider has yet to make his MCU debut after starring in his own non-MCU standalone franchise with Nicolas Cage in the central role. While another Robbie Reyes’ version of Ghost Rider starred in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the original Johnny Blaze version hasn’t been seen, and the canonicity of that particular Marvel show remains unconfirmed by Marvel Studios, which may leave the mantle up for grabs. Reeves has been very open about his desire to play Blaze (along with several other Hollywood legends including Ryan Gosling and Norman Reedus), and he is admittedly perfect for the role.

In Marvel Comics, Johnny Blaze is a tortured loner with a somewhat standoffish persona, which is a far cry from Cage’s divisively bombastic portrayal in Ghost Rider. Reeves, meanwhile, has a solid track record of portraying this exact type of character, with such standout roles as Neo and John Wick being prime examples. This makes Reeves a favorite for the role according to fans – but the recent furor surrounding his possible involvement criminally overlooks the fact that he’s already poised to star in a comic book movie that he is also perfect for.


Reeves Is Already Returning To His Best Comic Book Movie Role

In 2005, two years before Cage would debut as Ghost Rider, Keanu Reeves starred in the live-action adaptation of DC’s Constantine. Constantine was an underrated movie when it was first released and has cultivated a cult status in the intervening years thanks in no small part to Reeves excelling in the titular role. Thanks to its subsequent rise in popularity, Constantine 2 has been confirmed to be in the early stages of development with Reeves reprising the titular role and Francis Lawrence in the director’s chair.

In the context of the DCU reboot,
Constantine 2
is currently slated to be a DC Elseworlds property.


This is enough for comic book movie fans to get excited about without dwelling on the tenuous notion that Reeves will star in an as-yet-unconfirmed Ghost Rider project. While there is no concrete release date for Constantine 2 as of yet, it is seemingly further along than any Ghost Rider project, and warrants far more enthusiasm. While the excitement for Reeves to portray Blaze should continue, there is no doubt that his involvement in Constantine 2 warrants just as much attention as the possible Ghost Rider reboot approaches.


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