We’ve heard some wacky superhero movie rumors before, but this might just be one of the wackiest. Tweets have been flying that Ben Affleck was approached to make a cameo as Daredevil in Doctor Strange 2, aka Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Here are just a few of the tweets making such claims:
Obviously, we should take Twitter rumors with a grain of salt, but it’s not like this is totally out of the realm of possibility. As we’ve seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Marvel is fully ready to jump into the multiverse and all the fan-service opportunities that come with it. In Spider-Man: No Way Home we saw Doctor Strange and Spider-Man accidentally open the multiverse, letting villains and other versions of Peter Parker into the MCU. This means we got to see the return as Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as different versions of the webhead, along with the villains they had to face in their respective movies. Plus, we even got a different Daredevil cameo, with Charlie Cox reprising his role from the Marvel-Netflix series.
Now that there’s some precedence, it wouldn’t be the most shocking thing to see Ben Affleck’s version of the character pop-up in Doctor Stange in the Multiverse of Madness. With Doctor Strange delving into the mysteries of the multiverse, the cameo could be just a few seconds, it wouldn’t even need to be anything elaborate. Just a wink to fans that connects previous Marvel properties we thought we’d never see again.
With all that being said, it wouldn’t be surprising if Ben Affleck isn’t up for the cameo. For one, his version of Daredevil wasn’t particularly well-received. The movie is sitting at a 44% critic score and 35% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. While there wasn’t really anything wrong with Affleck’s portrayal, the movie just wasn’t very good overall.
Daredevil was released in 2003, a time when superhero blockbusters were still finding their footing. After Sam Raimi brought us Spider-Man in 2002 and we saw Hugh Jackman embody the mutant Wolverine in 2000’s X-Men, the genre got a huge boost. Those films were nearly universally beloved, and it’s understandable that studios would want to jump on that bandwagon. This led to a lot of hits and misses before the MCU eventually became one of the biggest movie franchises in the world starting with 2008’s Iron-Man.
Currently, Ben Affleck is still doing his superhero thing in the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne. He’s played the character in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League and will likely be playing the role for the last time in 2022’s The Flash. Affleck seems like he’s pretty burnt out with the role, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he turns down the Doctor Strange 2 cameo, even if it is offered to him. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see if we’ll get more superhero action from Affleck. In the meantime, Ben Affleck fans can catch him in his latest role in Ridley Scott’s The Last Dual.