How John Cena Could Join The MCU

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The WWE star John Cena has quickly become a big name in Hollywood, and his popularity is growing bigger every minute. Lately, the actor has been making a splash with break-out roles in popular films like Bumblebee, Blockers, and Trainwreck. Not just that but recently, we all saw the star giving a standout performance in the DC Extended Universe film, The Suicide Squad. He has genuinely impressed Warner Bros and Gunn with his fantastic performance on screen. As he has firmly secured a place in the DC Extended Universe, fans eagerly wait for him to break into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are some early conversations going on as who will be filling up the roles of the movie Fantastic Four.


John Cena as Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad


Fortunately, the Marvel franchise is expanding quickly, so there’s now an endless list of stories that the MCU could take forward. This implies that there’s a lengthy list of characters that are waiting for their big-screen appearance. Well, this also includes the character of Fantastic Four, Ben Grimm, aka The Thing. It would be interesting to see the Peacemaker debut on the streaming service and see where the character could progress up to. So for all the eagerly waiting MCU fans, here might be good news for you all, below we present how John Cena could join the MCU.

John Cena is considering himself for playing The Thing in MCU

The Thing John Cena


John Cena is a renowned face for his WWE fights across the globe. Not just that, but now the fighter is also playing different parts and roles on the big screen. Recently we saw him acing the role of Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad. So with him placing his position in the DC Extended Universe, the fans, and John Cena himself, is expecting to debut in MCU. In a recent video of Esquire, many questions were asked to Cena of which one was whether he wants to play the role of Benn Grimm, aka The Thing in Fantastic Four, to which he replied:

“I would consider most anything. I think keeping yourself open to options and different perspectives is a good way to go about life.”

This answer made it explicitly clear that John Cena is interested and is up for playing the role.


John Cena's interest is explicitly clear for the role when asked whether he would play The Thing in MCU's Fantastic Four.

No matter what, John Cena is up for playing the part of The Thing in Fantastic Four

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To Cena’s credit, it’s nothing new that we will see him playing bizarre characters on-screen, as evident from the giant chrome helmet he wears as Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad. So the role of The Thing in Fantastic Four would also be an easier job for him, at least than what the Peacemaker was. Until and unless Marvel decides to create the character practically, CGI would presumably be used in making The Thing. The actor adds by saying:

This would simply be a thing that I would consider. As, because I like to keep my perspective open to new things.”

Either way, John Cena would not turn his nose up, as he says this is what he would like to consider.

John Cena is not new in playing bizarre characters on-screen, as it's evident from the giant chrome helmet that he wears as Peacemaker.
Cena in the Peacemaker costume from The Suicide Squad.

The script and the actor are not yet finalized, giving a chance to Cena to sweep in grab the opportunity.

While John Cena is a pretty good choice for the role, this indicates that fans have to wait and see. In the end, Marvel Studios picks the actor. John Cena has already starred in many blockbuster movies. Many of his projects are coming up both to theaters and Disney+. It provides the opportunities for John Cena to get into the MCU fold. Many fans are already sold on the idea of him as Ben Grimm.

The script of the Fantastic Four movie has yet to be completed, which indicated that the studio hadn't finalized any actors for it yet.
John Cena is up for playing The Thing in Fantastic Four.

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