Nic Cage Has The Perfect Explanation Of Why He Doesn’t Want To Be In The MCU

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There are but a few actors who can get away with speaking about themselves in the third person, and Nicolas Cage is certainly one of them.

While accepting the Variety Legend & Groundbreaker Award at Miami Film Festival on Sunday night, Cage discussed the current state of the film industry and touched on if he has any desire to star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

“I’ve gotta be nice about Marvel movies, because I named myself after a Stan Lee character named Luke Cage. What am I going to do, put Marvel movies down? Stan Lee is my surrealistic father. He named me,” he said when asked about the state of superhero movies today. “

“I understand what the frustration is. I get it. But I think there’s plenty of room for everybody. I’m seeing movies like ‘Tár.’ I’m seeing all kinds of artistic and independently driven movies. I think there’s plenty of room for everybody.”

So, would he want to be in the MCU? His response is easy: “I don’t need to be in the MCU, I’m Nic Cage.” [via Variety]

While Cage might not be dying to join the MCU, lest we forget that he *has* played a Marvel character before as he starred as Ghost Rider in two films back in the early 2000s.

Later this year, Cage will be seen starring alongside Nicholas Hoult, Awkwafina, and Ben Schwartz in Universal’s Dracula film Renfield, which hits theaters on Friday, April 14. He’s also got a bevy of films in the works that’ll release either this year or next year, including the A24 film Dream Scenario alongside Michael Cera, Julianne Nicholson, and Tim Meadows.

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