Not just anyone can play a character like Magneto. While we are likely years away from learning how the X-Men characters will be brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that’s just more time for fan-casting fun. Who could you see playing the captivating villain Magneto? Digital artist spdrmnkyxxiii from Instagram has given an idea of what Daniel Craig could look like in the role.
The salt-and-pepper beard is a nice touch to give him the wizened look of an older Magneto, aware of the weight on his shoulders, and also keeps Daniel Craig from looking too much like James Bond. Commenters have been split on whether the beard is a good idea, and also whether or not they feel the rendition looks like Daniel Craig, or if he’d be a fun choice for Magneto at all. These debates are of course what make fan-casting and digital art fun in the first place.
While Daniel Craig taking on the role is only a fanart suggestion at this point, one possible rumor is Dan Stevens taking on the part. The actor is well-known for his role on Downtown Abbey, but has also been in a number of sci-fi stories at this point, including playing Magneto’s son on the FX series, Legion. Magneto would be his biggest casting yet, and quite an exciting one at that. Previously, we’ve seen Sir Ian McKellen play Magneto in four X-Men movies, with Michael Fassbender taking on the role in the prequels. There are nothing but rumors and fan-casting suggestions so far, and questions like what role Magneto will play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and who will get to bring that role to life.
When Marvel does start introducing the X-Men to the MCU, we’ll likely be seeing a whole new cast and other changes to start over the franchise, but it’s unlikely Daniel Craig will want to be a part of it. Despite his success as James Bond, he worries that playing such a well-known character will lead to career-long typecasting. He hasn’t been shy about making his feelings known on this matter. In 2015, TimeOut London asked him how he’d feel about doing more Bond movies. He responded: “Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.” Despite that, however, Craig did go on to film the upcoming No Tie to Die.
While Daniel Craig has been in other movies, notably the recent Knives Out, he seems ready to break out with fresh roles and unlikely to take on another franchise right now. The actor who does get the role will be signing on for a long term commitment.
So where can we see Daniel Craig next? We’re still waiting on the release of his fifth and final James Bond film, No Time to Die. The release date was pushed back a full year due to the pandemic, but we are expecting to catch that in theaters on April 2nd, 2021. We can also look forward to a sequel to Knives Out, where he will reprise his role as Detective Benoit Blanc, yet there is no time table yet for that sequel. Yet no matter what else Craig does next, he definitely would be a compelling addition to the X-Men universe.