Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan would love for seminal actor Denzel Washington to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he has his own ideas of how to do it. The talents of Jordan and Washington have come together for this year’s A Journal for Jordan, with the former revealing his Marvel plans for the latter while speaking to IMDb.
During the interview, Jordan was asked whether or not he thought Denzel Washington should add his name to the pantheon of heroes and villains that inhabit the MCU, to which he responded, “Yes, no hesitation. I actually got some things in mind.” Washington jokingly replied that Jordan “better hurry” to get those ideas off the ground if he wanted him to suit up.
Jordan, though, was not fazed by such pressure, teasing his aspirations for Washington to collide with the MCU and even suggesting that he may get to work on bringing them together once he’s finished with his upcoming boxing sequel, Creed 3. “I think I got some ideas for that, yeah, that’d be cool,” Jordan added. “After I finish Creed III, after I finish that project then my mind can wander onto other creative things.”
There have been rumors and suggestions regarding Denzel Washington joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years, even decades, with the actor touted for roles such as Black Panther and the vampire hunter, Blade. While he has yet to undergo superhero duty, seeing Washington’s unmatched talent in the MCU would undoubtedly be a cinematic sight to behold. Though Jordan keeps his ideas close to his chest, it’s fun to wonder what exactly he has in mind. Could we see Denzel Washington in a potential Black Panther 3? Or perhaps as Magneto in Marvel’s X-Men reboot?
As for Michael B. Jordan, who made his Marvel debut as complex villain Erik “Killmonger” Stevens in 2018’s Black Panther, the actor has plenty of projects currently in the pipeline. While it’s unknown whether he will ever reprise the role in live-action (he did voice the role of a Killmonger variant in the Disney+ series What If…?), Jordan has a lot of love for the franchise and is excited to see what is achieved with this year’s follow-up, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
“Nice. Awesome. I like that,” Jordan said when the title was first announced. “Marvel does great, amazing work and the characters are awesome. We all took a hit with the loss of Chadwick, so for them trying to figure out how to move forward, I know it’s not an easy thing to do. So, the fact that they settled on a title and figuring out this story, I think is truly incredible. If anybody could figure it out, it’s Ryan Coogler and Kevin Feige.”
Moving away from Marvel and over to DC, Michael B. Jordan is also set to develop his own Superman project for HBO Max, which will center on the Earth-2 character Val Zod. One of the last Kryptonians of his universe, Val Zod lives an insular life and is largely unaware of his powers until catastrophic events force him to come out of hiding and don the mantle of Superman.
Directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. Jordan and Chanté Adams, A Journal for Jordan was released on December 25, 2021.