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Why Does Simon Pegg Have Issues With Marvel Movie Roles?

By Mabel Judith Andrady
July 25,2022

Actor Simon Pegg was thrust into stardom after working with filmmaker Edgar Wright on the popular TV series Spaced and the Cornetto Trilogy, which included Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, in which he teamed up with Nick Frost. In addition to his work in Star Wars and Star Trek, the actor has also appeared in Ice Age and the Mission: Impossible series.

Despite the MCU’s rapid expansion, Disney and Marvel Studios have continued to seek out the best talent in the industry, including performers like Oscar Isaac and Florence Pugh, as well as directors like Taika Waititi and Chloé Zhao, to join the team.

As a result of Marvel’s stellar Rotten Tomatoes score and unmatched profit margins, almost every Hollywood actor has expressed an interest in portraying a superhero from the Marvel Universe. That being said, bringing in a seasoned franchise actor like Pegg would be a smart move for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

More “Grown Up Stuff” For The Actor

With each new release, fans have a new angle to take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are a lot of views regarding the studio, and Martin Scorsese is one of the most prominent critics. Simon Pegg claims that the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies aren’t “grown-up” enough for him and that the contracts involved would be too onerous.

“I kind of want to do more sort of grown-up stuff in the future. I think Mission Impossible is a very grown-up franchise. I think it’s a franchise, which is aimed less at big kids than it is just big people, but I quite want to do some more drama.”

He went on to clarify that he’s not in a hurry to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that such projects may be a little restrictive:

“I’m not in any rush to join the MCU or anything like that. I kind of feel like I kind of want to be a bit more free. You join those things, and then you’re tied to them for years, and that can be a little bit restrictive.”

When it comes to being connected to specific assets for an extended period, Pegg has first-hand knowledge. In addition, his tenure as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the Star Trek series extended three films from 2009 to 2016 and may continue awaiting news on Star Trek 4. Many more projects outside his voiceover work have been lined up for him already.

Simon Pegg

                                                               Simon Pegg

Pegg’s films have earned billions of dollars, even though Marvel Studios has generated more money than all of his films put together. Pegg already has a regular part in Prime Video’s The Boys as the father of Hughie Campbell. As ironic as it may seem, even though The Boys makes fun of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, if actor Simon Pegg ever chooses to take it seriously, Kevin Feige and company would be ready to welcome him.

As a fan-favorite actor, Simon Pegg would be a welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe if he agreed to give the flicks a go.

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