Kodi Smit-McPhee hopes his Nightcrawler will return to the MCU

The Power of the Dog star hopes he’ll join in the Marvel Cinematic Universe fun with the X-Men rights now held by Disney.


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With so many rumors of x-men characters making their way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, could Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler return? Previously, Smit-McPhee played Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler, in 2016 X-Men: Apocalypse with its 2019 sequel dark phoenix. As of now, there are no official plans for Nightcrawler to make another appearance in a future Marvel movie or series, at least not that has been announced to the public.

The upcoming movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness added a little more fuel to the fire by strongly hinting that Patrick Stewart’s Professor X would be involved. This follows months of other rumors about x-men characters entering the film, including a rumored confrontation between Jean Gray and Scarlet Witch. That’s enough for fans to wonder about others, and in a new interview with VarietySmit-McPhee revealed that he tried to find out from Benedict Cumberbatch if there were any plans for the X-Men in the film.

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“I had this conversation with Benoît [Cumberbatch] on the tray [of The Power of the Dog]. When he also played the cinematographic method. I was like, ‘Look, I know you’re the guy in the boots right now with the rope, but you have to tell me. Am I in the contract to move forward? And this guy doesn’t let out a secret. In fact, I was slightly insulted. He reveals no secrets. He really protects that stuff.”

This clearly implies that, no, Smit-McPhee is not in Doctor Strange 2. Even so, the actor says he was thrilled to hear the voice of Patrick Stewart and seems excited about what it could mean for the future, which could potentially include the return of Nightcrawler.

“I can obviously tell you transparently that I have nothing to do with [Doctor Strange 2]. In this trailer, I was as excited as everyone to hear the voice of Patrick Stewart. That’s crazy. I hope the people who appear in there are just as exciting as No return home.

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Although Kodi Smit-McPhee isn’t in the MCU yet, he’s so hopeful of getting there that he’s shunning other superhero franchises. The concern is that if he associates himself too closely with another character outside of the MCU, it would hurt his chances of being a part of it himself, whether as a returning Nightcrawler or even another character. The actor is such a fan of all things MCU that he’s keeping his fingers crossed and staying open.


“I would love that, personally, if I could say it transparently. I would love that. I’m really a fan of the MCU. I made it hard to get into another production company. who does superhero stuff, because I believe in the MCU so much, and I hope to be part of that family one day. We all know they got the rights to Nightcrawler and stuff now, so . .. wink, nudge.”

For now, you can see Smit-McPhee alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the Oscar-nominated film. The power of the dog streaming on Netflix. As for what happens next in the MCU, we’ll find out when. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness releases May 4, 2022.


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