Actor Laurence Fishburne may be working on a secret project for Marvel, in addition to his part in Ant-Man and the Wasp (released on July 6, 2018).
In the upcoming Ant-Man sequel, Fishburne will be playing Bill Foster, a former assistant of Michael Douglas’ character, Hank Pym, and the second male character to become a size-changing superhero (called Black Goliath). He is also involved with Marvel’s competitor, DC Comics, appearing as Perry White (Clark Kent’s boss and editor) in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He was offered a role in this year’s Justice League film but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts.
However, in a recent Collider interview about the Marvel film, he segued into discussing a new project, offering scant but tantalizing details about what it might be.
“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,” he said, laughing.
He adds that he was the one who pitched the idea, whatever it was, but it involved a lot of legal red tape that was difficult to work through. He says that his Ant-Man and the Wasp role was offered afterwards.
One possible interpretation of Fishburne’s statement could be that he wanted to pitch a Black Goliath film, though it’s unclear if Marvel would want to go through with that, for several reasons: it is awfully close to Ant-Man, after all, but without as much name recognition. The talk of legal red tape could imply that Fisburne’s plan involved some sort of property owned by another company, such as Spider-Man (owned by Sony), the X-Men or Fantastic Four (owned by Fox); Marvel has limited use of the former, but not of the latter.
If the project goes through, we will just have to wait and see.