MCU Projects Cast Christian Bale, Florian Munteanu, Guardians of the Galaxy, Richard E. Grant, and Zendaya

Even though the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently in flux due to coronavirus, we are still learning about casting for upcoming projects, both on film and TV. Here are the actors who have recently been added to the MCU.

Thor: Love & Thunder

Entertainment Weekly interviewed Tessa Thompson recently and she confirmed that Christian Bale has been added as the villain of Thor: Love and Thunder. I guess Harvey Dent was right: You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become a villain. Isn’t that right, Michael Keaton?

In addition to Bale, Vin Diesel let it slip in an interview with that Groot will be returning for Thor: Love and Thunder:

“I am waiting and excited for my friend James Gunn to knock this next one out of the park. He took The Suicide Squad so he’s about to embark on it. Thor will also– the director talked to me about how Thor will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy, which will be very interesting. Nobody knows– maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.”

Yes, Vin, I’m sure you weren’t supposed to say anything. And no, I’m sure that red dot on your shirt is a stain and not one of Marvel’s expert spoiler snipers.


According to a report from Dark Horizons, professional boxer Florian Munteanu has been cast as the secondary villain in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Production is currently delayed due to coronavirus, but it is slated to hopefully start again once the virus is under control.

Marvel hasn’t confirmed the casting, but Munteanu’s latest Instagram posts suggest that he has been hanging around Sydney lately where filming is taking place. No word yet either on who Munteanu could be playing, but the most likely pick is Ghost Maker, a martial arts master and Russian son of a KGB operative.


Richard E. Grant has taken the next steps in completing the Holy Disney Trifecta. After appearing in a small role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, DiscussingFilm states that the actor has joined the cast of Loki.

The details of Grant’s role are being kept under wraps. However, Variety reports he will only appear in a single episode. Could his role tease a future appearance down the line in the MCU? Maybe he’s playing an older version of Loki? Now that’s an idea I could get behind.

Grant previously appeared in Logan, one of the last FoX-Men films as the villainous Dr. Zander Rice. It’s nice to see an actor who enjoys starring in a wide variety of film genres.

Spider-Man 3

What’s Spider-Man without his MJ? Tom Holland confirmed to Inquirer that Zendaya will be back for the third film. The untitled Spider-Man 3 was set to begin shooting in July. However, due to multiple productions being shut down due to coronavirus who knows if that’s still the case.

When we last left Peter and MJ, they were just starting a relationship. Then Mysterio outed Peter as Spider-Man. Inquirer asked about the status of MJ and Peter’s relationship in the interview. Here is Holland’s ambiguous answer:

“In Spider-Man 3, Zendaya will most definitely be in the film. As to the relationship between Peter and MJ, I’m not too sure what it will be.”

If Peter’s on the run there’s a chance MJ and him have split. Or maybe it’s all a rouse to keep MJ safe? Who knows.

What are your thoughts on the casting news? Who do you think Christian Bale and Richard E. Grant are playing? Sound off in the comments below!

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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