Though you won’t get the major actors crossing over, actors in supporting roles in Marvel and DC projects do appear to have more in the way of freedom in terms of popping up in films based on properties from the rival comic book giants.
One such person who has made the jump without issue is Laurence Fishburne who appeared as Daily Planet editor Perry White in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and will soon appear in Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” which is currently in production.
Speaking with Collider, Fishburne revealed that working with Marvel is actually his first choice and he’s going beyond ‘Ant-Man’ to be involved in a top secret project with them which he hopes will have a bigger impact. Doing press rounds for Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying,” Fishburne explained how he got involved in the MCU:
“I got the offer to do Perry White in Man of Steel, I said yes to that. Obviously Batman v Superman I said yes to that. I was unable to be involved in the Justice League movie, scheduling-wise it just wasn’t going to work out, but I had wanted very much to be part of the Marvel universe at the same time.
So I went to them and pitched them a couple of ideas and basically said, ‘Look, if there’s anything I can do that makes sense for me to do in the Marvel universe, I would love to be involved’. So they came to me with an offer to be Bill Foster in Ant-Man and the Wasp. All I can tell you is I’m playing Bill Foster, who was Hank Pym’s assistant. That’s how I enter into the world and I’m very excited. Peyton Reed is directing it, who directed the first one. It’s gonna be as fun and cool and smart as the first one.”
Talking about the rest of his schedule, he then touched upon this secret project:
“I’ve got black-ish going on, I’m developing something else for Marvel that I can’t talk about. It’s gonna be really cool. It’s gonna change the world, we hope (laughs). I went to Marvel and pitched them something that really couldn’t work out – there was a lot of legal red tape that just [was] something they couldn’t work out. But then they came back with the offer for Ant-Man and the Wasp and then they said, ‘Hey, what do you think of this?’ and I went ‘Oh yeah that, yes!’ so…”
Fishburne could be talking about a film, TV series, comics or something else – it isn’t clear at this point. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is due for release in July next year.