Keanu Reeves has a considerable number of iconic film parts to his credit, ranging from his first performance as Ted “Theodore” Logan in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, to Neo’s career-defining character in the Matrix franchise, to his last days john wick antihero action. But he’s yet to follow the path of so many leading men and play a superhero in a hit blockbuster, although that’s not for lack of trying Marvel.
In 2019, Marvel President Kevin Feige joked that they had a chat with Reeves every time they made a new movie to ask if he was interested, while Reeves himself recently said “it would be an honor” and “really cool to be a part of this.”
The subject of his joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe just came up again during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week.
“It’s really cool, I think the way Marvel movies have become what they are is really spectacular, and it would be great to be a part of that,” he said, despite being remained tight-lipped about whether Marvel Studios had offered him any specific superhero roles. Instead, he answered Kimmel’s next question, which character his 10-year-old comic book lover would have liked to play.
“I think he probably would want to be Ghost Rider,” he said.
Comic books have long been one of Reeves’ passions, starting as a young child when he read Archie Comics, through Iron Man, Superman and Batman as a teenager, before really getting into Frank’s Wolverine run. Miller and the Akira manga when he was a bit older. In fact, one of the reasons he was appearing on Kimmel was to promote his new comic book series BRZKRKR, which he co-created with Matt Kindt. The central character, modeled after Reeves’ own appearance, is an immortal warrior who is depicted fighting his way through different periods of history.