Michael Shannon Puts Kibosh On Roles in Marvel, ‘Star Wars’ Movies

If Disney wants actor Michael Shannon for their Marvel or Star Wars franchises, they’ll need a great idea before they can bow before Zod, according to Fandango.

During an interview with Shannon to promote the actor’s newest movies, Nocturnal Animals and Loving, Fandango brought up the topic of big franchise movies. Particularly his role as General Zod in Man of Steel:

Fandango: These days it’s all about those big franchises, though. You were part of the DC Cinematic Universe briefly, but is that something you want more of? Are you looking for a big franchise to come on for the long haul?


Shannon: Nah. When I did Man of Steel I thought the story was interesting; I thought it was relevant. It was about a civilization that destroys the planet they live on and goes looking for another one. Ring any bells? That’s why I did it. I didn’t do it because I felt I needed a big comic book franchise – I honestly thought it was a beautiful story.

Talk then turns to speculation about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the Star Wars series:

Fandango: So no big Marvel or Star Wars movie for you then?


Shannon: No, I’m not really looking for that. They called me recently about some iteration – I won’t say – but some version of a movie that’s been made already countless times. They were gonna give me a lot of of money, but I was like nah. Big movie, too. But I have to think it’s an interesting story. If I don’t, I can’t do it. I won’t do it.

Sounds like Shannon has scruples. Not willing to sell-out just for a huge paycheck. He understands that without a solid story, there is no movie.

If anyone is interested in checking out Shannon’s non-superhero-centric roles, Loving is out now. Nocturnal Animals hits theaters December 9, 2016.


Ryan Malik
Ryan Malik
Ryan is a screenwriter with a BFA in Film from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. He's a connoisseur of Batman, Ghostbusters, Hitchcock, Scorsese, Stephen King, and Pop-Tarts. Tweet me @Theaterfilms1