The comeback of Brendan Fraser is one of Hollywood’s most intriguing success stories of the last few years. He made a spectacular comeback last year with his critically acclaimed performance in The Whale, which brought him multiple awards and recognition, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. Did we also mention that he became the first Canadian to win this category?
Fraser’s breakthrough performance came in films like Encino Man and School Ties in the early 1990s, but his work in The Mummy trilogy brought him widespread commercial success. Regardless, some fans remain optimistic about his MCU debut as a comic book-based superhero film starring him.
Even though the TV show Doom Patrol has concluded, Fraser’s involvement with DC Comics is not over. However, he may still get another chance to shine at Marvel Studios as Sentry, one of the most formidable Avengers.
Brendan Fraser is a Perfect Fit for Marvel’s Sentry (Robert Reynolds)
Brendan Fraser is well-versed in comic book culture, having starred in the DC television series Doom Patrol on HBO Max. He would therefore give the superhero genre a special degree of complexity. His acting prowess makes Sentry, real name Robert ‘Bob’ Reynolds, a perfect fit. For the unversed, Sentry was created by writer Paul Jenkins and artist Jae Lee.
Sentry was placed first on CBR’s list of the ‘8 Fastest Avengers in 2022’. A fan campaign is calling for Fraser to make his Marvel debut as The Sentry, one of the most powerful Avengers.
Bob Reynolds, an obese middle-aged man, recalls that he is Sentry, a superhero with the ‘power of one million exploding suns’ that comes from a unique serum. After learning that the Sentry is forgotten and that the Void, his archenemy, is returning, Reynolds sets out to warn several prominent Marvel characters.
The Sentry was a mysterious superhero who also destroyed Asgard and faced down powerful characters. To make things right for himself, he has committed numerous unspeakable acts. The Whale star might find the role of such a complex character to be ideal. He has proven his ability to bring his character to life with his work on The Whale and Doom Patrol.
Brendan Fraser Was Afraid To Assume The Role of Superhero?
Earlier on The Howard Stern Show, Brendan Fraser, 55, said he did not regret not landing a superhero role—especially Superman. As much as it was an amazing opportunity, he knew that if he played that superhero role, he might become permanently linked to that character, something he did not want. He continued, saying:
“Of course, it’s a life-changing, amazing opportunity, but I had to reconcile with, ‘OK, say you do get the job to be the Man of Steel. It’s going to be chipped on your gravestone. Are you OK with that? You will forevermore be known as the Man of Steel.”
The Oscar-winning star went on to add:
“There was a sort of Faustian bargain that went into [the] feeling, and I think inherently I didn’t want to be known for only one thing because I prided myself on diversity my whole professional life. I’m not a one-trick pony.”
Well, he brought up a good point. If he had played the beloved superhero, he would have been forever linked to that role—even though he had many more roles to his name. He did not want to live on in the history books as the superhero, even after the role had left him.
His next appearance will be in the comedy-drama Brothers, which is being directed by Max Barbakow and written by Macon Blair based on an Etan Cohen story.