Giancarlo Esposito on Marvel Meeting, playing Professor X
The actor has decided to “get it out into the universe” that he wants to reprise the iconic role of Patrick Stewart.
With “Better Call Saul” firmly in the final stretch of its final season, many fans wondered what their favorite cast members would do next. “Breaking Bad” made Bryan Cranston one of Hollywood’s most popular actors, and many hope Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn and Giancarlo Esposito will follow similar paths.
Over the weekend, Esposito shed some light on what he hopes will be his next role when he spoke to fans at the TJH Superhero Car Show & Comic Con in San Antonio. In a clip which went viral on TikTok, the actor praised the Marvel Cinematic Universe and talked about his desire to appear in it. He also revealed that he has met with company executives to discuss potential roles, although nothing is official yet.
“I haven’t worked for Marvel yet. I’ve been in a room with them and talked to them,” Esposito said. “And to answer your question, I think what they’re doing is in the lineage of this mythological journey that Joe Campbell was talking about, who happened to be a friend of George Lucas, that George Lucas put in his stories, it’s our dream and our intention to save the world, our environment.
After praising the stories told by Marvel movies, Esposito addressed speculation about potential roles he could play.
“We talked about Magneto, we talked about Dr. Freeze, we talked about Doctor Doom,” he said. “There’s Professor X.”
While the actor is set to play many characters in the MCU, he’s made it clear that his first choice is to play Professor X, the character recently vacated by Sir Patrick Stewart.
“I’m going to go for something a little different,” he said. “I’m going to tell the universe it’s Professor X.”
It’s not the only time Esposito has been open about his future ambitions. He previously spoke about his desire to continue playing Gus Fring in another spinoff after “Better Call Saul” ended.
“I think there’s more life to Gus,” he said. “Maybe not this year, maybe not next year. But there is something that intrigues us all and we want to know more. Even me.”
He added that his idea would focus less on Gus’ drug empire and more on his personal life, making him a more fleshed out character.
“In ‘Breaking Bad,’ I wanted Gus to have a family…I wanted people to know that Gus has a family,” he said. “It’s on my mind – you’ve never seen that, you don’t know. But he really was a wonderful family man…hidden in plain sight.