Owen Wilson Is Getting The Marvel Treatment In New Disney+ Series

04 February 2020
Culture, Film, Celebrity, Owen Wilson, Marvel, Disney+
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The actor is set to join the upcoming Loki series from Disney+

Given the success of Marvel movies in recent times, it’s understandable that celebrities would be clambering for a role.

It used to be the case that the dramatic flick reigned supreme in the canon of Hollywood movies, with the actors involved in such projects speaking about their “craft” and the torturous months of method acting that went into it. In contrast, action movies that involved an elaborate costume or some kind of mask were seen as somewhat trivial.

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But when Avengers: Endgame smashed records to become the highest-grossing movie of all time with a total of $2.79 billon USD, such attitudes have changed.

To put things in perspective, Endgame earned an unprecedented $356 million in North America, with $1.2 billion worldwide in just the opening weekend. It catapulted its stars into a tier of fame few could ever imagine, with a fan base that would see catch phrases and quotes hurled at them in public from pedestrians.

Not one to rest on its past successes, Marvel is tapping some of the world’s biggest celebrities for its future projects. Angelina Jolie has been cast in Marvel’s Eternals movie, a move many found to be equal parts surprising as exciting. And now, the latest celebrity to get the Marvel treatment is Owen Wilson.

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According to reports from Deadline, Wilson is the latest big-name addition to the cast of Loki, a new series set to originate from Disney+. Wilson will star alongside To Hiddleston, who plays the trickster demi-god and brother to Thor. Most Marvel fans will be familiar with Loki, the villain of numerous Marvel films. Currently, there’s no word on the role Wilson has been cast in, but it is known to be a prominent character.

According to Variety, “the show will reportedly feature the master of magic popping up at different times in human history and influencing major events. He was last seen absconding with one of the Infinity Stones during Avengers: Endgame.”

Filming for Loki is currently underway and is expected to premiere in 2021. It will be executive produced by Kevin Feige, with Michael Waldron and Kate Herron executive-producing the series. It’s believed that the series will directly tie into the 2021 supernatural sequel Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

It’s an exciting prospect for Wilson. But while his Marvel debut is still a way off, fans can catch the funny man in Wes Anderson’s upcoming film, The French Dispatch.

Via GQ Australia