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Marvel Has Been Trying to Recruit Keanu Reeves Into the MCU for Years

“We talk to him for almost every film we make."

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Keanu Reeves is having a moment. He’s demonstrated in the past few months his versatility as an actor, with 130 minutes of ass-kicking in John Wick 3, a hilarious turn as himself in Always Be My Maybe and a scene-stealing turn as Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4. And while Keanu didn’t appear in the biggest film of the year — you know the one — it wasn’t for lack of trying on Marvel’s part.
“We talk to him for almost every film we make,” Feige told ComicBook.com at the London press junket for Spider-Man: Far from Home. “We talk to Keanu Reeves about. I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it.”

Putting Keanu into an MCU flick (or TV show!) feels almost too good to be true. Adding the greatest action star of his generation — also has the range to pull off possibly the goofiest role of all time — to the already stacked MCU cast is a dream scenario for anyone who likes their movies to come with some fun.

But not having heard from the man himself, we’re left to speculate about what’s keeping Keanu out of the multiverse. One potential issue is that he’d be joining an existing, massive franchise.

The movies and sequels Keanu has been a part of — the Bill & Ted movies, the Matrix trilogy, and the John Wick series — he was with from the beginning. It seems that he prefers building from the ground up to joining a larger property.

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Of course, there is one extremely interesting exception to this rule. It’s his recent turn in Toy Story 4, joining a franchise that started without him 24 years and three movies ago. If he was willing to co-star in a blockbuster made by a Disney-owned company, then maybe there’s hope yet that Keanu will make it into the fourth phase of the MCU.