Lee Jung-jae, a South Korean veteran, is said to be in talks with Marvel Studios about a future project. The “news” was first reported by the Twitter account Marvel Crave, which constantly covers the news of the comic book giant in all media.
On July 19, it was revealed that the Squid Game actor was in talks with Marvel Studios, citing Daniel Richtman. Richtman is an industry insider known for revealing fascinating Marvel-related information. Twitter users have speculated as to whether the reports are accurate or not. They also tried to guess who the 49-year-old actor would portray.
Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae is set to join Marvel Studios: here’s everything we know so far.
It’s not the first time Marvel and Korean entertainment have collided, and hopefully won’t be the last. New franchise acquisitions are a certainty as the company is always innovating and expanding its multiple properties. Lee Jung-jae, the 49-year-old South Korean veteran actor who has won Best Actor accolades for Squid Game, is arguably the latest addition to the Marvel universe. Of course, there is no official confirmation or rejection of this news from any source, but social media is buzzing about this hypothetical venture.
One of the main topics of discussion is the role Lee Jung-jae would play. Many people associate Mr. Negative with the super villain Martin Li. Twitter users assume that the Squid Game actor is playing a supervillain with a personality disorder. The antagonist, first seen in the 2007 Amazing Spider-Man #1 comic, is a Crime Lord/Mr. Negative on the one hand and nice Martin Li on the other.
LET GOO pic.twitter.com/TAKIcGmKVB
— Lawl (@godspartakratos) July 20, 2022
According to some fans, the most recent movie, Spider-Man: No Way Home, hinted that Mr. Negative might enter the MCU. When Norman Osborn arrives for help, Aunt May is helped at a soup kitchen called FEAST (Food, Emergency, and Shelter Training). According to the comic book legend, FEAST is run by Martin Li. So Marvel fans have plenty of evidence of Mr. negative.
In April of this year, Stephen Oyoung, who named Mr. Negative stars in the Spider-Man PlayStation games, a campaign to get Marvel to give him a live-action role as well. However, no formal word has been issued.
Love how all these “conversations” come out just before comic con 🤔🤔
— big man owen (@bigmanowen2) July 20, 2022
Additionally, Marvel has a history of hiring Korean artists. Park Seo-joon has just been confirmed in Captain Marvel 2 (after weeks of rumors and suspicions), Ma Dong-seok played Gilgamesh in The Eternals and Claudia Kim as Dr. Helen Cho in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
This rumor might be one of many to come out, and it’s most likely a PR stunt. It is also uncertain whether Mr. Negative, if real, will be featured in a new series or high-risk future Spider-Man movies in the MCU.
True or not, it’s intriguing to see the MCU opening its doors to representation. It may take some time for onlookers to find out if Lee Jung-jae will be appearing in a Marvel production.