Kumail Nanjiani Once Auditioned for a Supporting Role in a Marvel TV Show — Now He’s a Superhero

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kumail Nanjiani in a suit and at a podium

The concept of hiring a comic actor for the MCU may not sound like a typical plan for Marvel, but they’ve already employed a number of. After all, Chris Pratt was thought-about a comic based mostly on his Parks and Recreation position. Paul Rudd is one other comic, and the identical designation may be given to quite a lot of different actors within the franchise.

Kumail Nanjiani might be probably the most comedic of any actor employed for a Marvel venture, a minimum of in doing standup. He as soon as auditioned for a task on ABC’s Agents of SHIELD and was turned down. He all the time had aspirations to change into a superhero on the large display screen.

Some alternatives arrived, if refusing till lastly touchdown a significant position in The Eternals. Now he may need set a brand new MCU precedent for hiring comedians.

Will different comedians use Kumail Nanjiani’s affected person technique?

Kumail Nanjiani in a suit and at a podium
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Other supporting roles turned out there to Nanjiani at Marvel, reportedly in a number of the motion pictures. He refused them as a result of he thought the pipe dream of enjoying a headlining superhero may very well be doable.

After all, the MCU has already opened it as much as extra minorities enjoying these characters, identical to the comedian books have. Maybe he predicted MCU’s push for variety would land him an even bigger position finally.

Said Nanjiani in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “I was like, ‘I don’t want to be just part of a Marvel movie; I want to be a Marvel superhero.” Yes, that was a really dangerous profession technique, if additionally one which was confirmed to work.

When Nanjiani landed the position of Kingo in The Eternals, it appeared ready-made because the character is already a bit comedic. In the film, Kingo shall be working as a Bollywood star whereas dwelling on earth.

Comedians turning into essential actors

Once Robin Williams began being nominated for Oscars many years in the past, it set a brand new excessive bar for comedians in search of out a brand new path as big-screen actors. In many instances, they’ve been in a position to transition over to being dramatic actors, like Steve Carell. However, touchdown main roles in franchises and nonetheless having the ability to be humorous has solely been a newer idea.

One factor the MCU has carried out nicely already is having one section of their franchise be wickedly humorous. Thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy having sarcastic scripts with one million quotable quips, they’ve been in a position to deliver a comedic edge the opposite Avengers movies haven’t all the time carried out in abundance.

Of course, the Thor motion pictures have carried out the identical, with Chris Hemsworth proving himself a succesful comedic actor. Hiring Nanjiani for The Eternals makes all of the extra sense now, regardless of if The Eternals seems to be taking itself overly severely.

Having a set of various characters each critical and comedic will make the movie work on a better stage. Then once more, Nanjiani needed to strike a stability so it wouldn’t sink into the realm of parody. Part of this concerned figuring out to get into form.

More comedians will most likely be employed within the MCU

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Since there’s a viable viewers for the comedic facet of the MCU, anticipate different standup comedians with appearing aspirations to be employed finally. Nanjiani most likely simply set that precedent for minority standup comedians (he’s Pakistani-American), outdoors the fact of getting to work out intensely for months to arrange.

Having to cease consuming carbs and sugar for a yr turned a actuality for Nanjiani, one thing possibly different comedians would by no means conform to do. Most comedians play up the truth that they don’t take excellent care of themselves and aren’t recognized for trying buff on the stage or in TV exhibits.

Being recruited into the MCU, although, is a really completely different recreation in Hollywood now. Considering it’s the most effective wager for making the utmost amount of cash and gaining probably the most worldwide publicity, anticipate much more comedians to be on the fitness center to arrange for a Marvel venture.

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