A Hollywood Living Legend “Wants to” Join the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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According to Marvel’s newest director, Chloe Zhao (Eternals), a Hollywood living legend — Frances McDormand (Nomadland, Fargo, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) — “wants to” join the MCU sooner rather than later.

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The versatile actress, who is well-known for her role as Connie Chapman on Hill Street Blues, has won four Academy Awards and been nominated for three more. In a recent interview on the Eternals press junket, Zhao — who also directed McDormand’s Oscar-winning Nomadland performance — expounded on what she knows about McDormand’s interest in Kevin Feige’s MCU:

“I think she wants to. I think she’s open to it, yeah! I think she’s open to it – I think she would want to do something really fun. I think she would want to do something unexpected. Because that’s Fran. She’s always challenging herself.”

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As a matter of fact, as one article noted, McDormand’s versatility as an actress — she’s done everything from Hail! Caesar (2016) to The Good Dinosaur (2015) to anime-inspired Æon Flux (2005) — could join other Oscar-winning actresses as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand to include new worlds and beloved Marvel Comics characters:

Cate Blanchett is now a fan-favorite after she slayed (literally and figuratively) as a villain in Thor: Ragnarok; while Chloé Zhao has Angelina Jolie lighting up the screen (literally and figuratively) in Eternals. Frances McDormand would be a great get for the franchise – and a great treat for fans. Phase 4 of the MCU has opened so many new doors that could offer opportunity for McDormand – from the expanding universe of god-like cosmic beings in Eternals, or Thor: Love & Thunder; the unfolding Marvel Multiverse; or highly-anticipated projects like the new Fantastic Four or X-Men franchises.

The Eternals (L-R: Thena, Ikaris, Ajak, Sersi, Sprite, Phastos, Druig)
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Some have even suggested that McDormand’s acting prowess could be an excellent fit if Zhao is greenlit for an Eternals sequel.

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The official description of Eternals — due to exclusively debut in theaters on November 5, 2021 — reads:

Marvel Studios’ Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.

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The A-List Eternals cast includes Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, and Kit Harrington.

Would you like to see Almost Famous alum Frances McDormand in the MCU?

You can stream Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and the four series in Marvel’s Phase Four so far — Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s WandaVision, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, and Marvel’s What If…?— on Disney+ anytime.

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