South Korean veteran Lee Jung-Jae is rumored to be in negotiations with Marvel Studios about a potential project. The “news” was first reported by the Twitter account Marvel Crave, which is dedicated to covering the comic book industry’s news across all platforms.
The Squid Game actor was in talks with Marvel Studios, according to Daniel Richtman, on July 19. Richtman is an industry insider known for revealing amazing Marvel-related information. Twitter users have speculated on whether or not the rumors are true. They’ve also speculated on who the 49-year-old actor would play.
Squid Game’s Lee Jung-Jae is said to be joining Marvel Studios: Here’s what we know so far
It’s not the first time Marvel and Korean entertainment have crossed paths, and perhaps it won’t be the last. With the corporation constantly inventing and expanding its many holdings, new franchise purchases are unavoidable. Lee Jung-Jae, the 49-year-old South Korean veteran actor who has been nominated for Best Actor for Squid Game, might be the newest member of the Marvel universe. Naturally, no official confirmation or denial of this news has come from any source, but social media is buzzing over this prospective initiative.
One of the major points of contention is the role that Lee Jung-Jae would play. Mr. Negative is frequently associated with the supervillain Martin Li. Twitter fans believe the Squid Game actor is portraying a supervillain with a personality disorder. The antagonist, originally featured in the 2007 Amazing Spider-Man #1 comic, is a combination of a Crime Lord/Mr. Negative on the one hand and the sweet, sweet Martin Li on the other.
Some fans believe that the most recent film, Spider-Man: No Way Home, hinted at Mr. Negative possibly joining the MCU. When Norman Osborn arrives, Aunt May is shown volunteering at F.E.A.S.T., a soup kitchen (Food, Emergency, and Shelter Training). Martin Li, according to comic book mythology, runs FEAST. So Marvel fans now have ample evidence of Mr. Negative’s live-action debut.
#SquidGame Star, Lee Jung-Jae
is reportedly in talks with Marvel Studios.
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— Marvel Crave (@MarvelCrave) July 19, 2022
Stephen Young, who plays Mr. Negative in the Spider-Man PlayStation games, initiated a campaign in April this year to convince Marvel to give him a live-action role as well. However, no official statement has been made. In addition, Marvel has a history of casting Korean actors. Park Seo-Joon was just confirmed to appear in Captain Marvel 2 (after weeks of speculation), Ma Dong-Seok played Gilgamesh in The Eternals, and Claudia Kim played Dr. Helen Cho in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
This could be one of the countless rumors that come true, and it’s most likely a publicity gimmick. It’s also unclear whether Mr. Negative, if real, will appear in a new series or very-dicey future Spider-Man films in the MCU.
Whether true or not, it’s interesting to see the MCU welcoming representation. It may be some time before fans learn whether Lee Jung-Jae will appear in a Marvel film.