Back before our idea of what superhero films could be, there were some made in the 1980s and early 1990s that were mostly not great. One of those films was The Shadow, which starred Alec Baldwin. To be fair, superhero movies used to try their best although they were mostly cheesy. Apart from The Crow, TMNT, and The Toxic Avenger, there were not that many good superhero adaptations. However, through our trusted and proven sources, we can report that Chris Evans is being targeted to star in The Shadow reboot from Universal Pictures.
To be honest, The Shadow did try its best to be a good adaptation. It wasn’t all that terrible and the premise of a superhero that could be turned invisible by clouding the minds of bad people was quite intriguing. Although a 1930s hero that dealt with Asian opium dealers is certainly problematic, there is still plenty to work with in terms of Chris Evans taking the lead in The Shadow reboot. He was Captain America in the 1940s after all. The Shadow was adapted from a pulp novel which was then turned into a radio show and adapted into many comics, games, films, and shows. Legendary actor and director Orson Welles was the voice of the titular hero from 1937 to 1938.
Unfortunately, Sam Raimi was meant to direct a reboot of The Shadow around 2007, but the script was never properly put together which killed the project. Raimi was at the height of his Spider-Man franchise, and he would have been the perfect person to put together quite a great film for this hero. Maybe the man can be tapped to work on the Chris Evans-led reboot of The Shadow. He might not be direct but producing or possibly writing the script would be fantastic. Either way, we are excited to see where the film goes production-wise. We did just report that Raimi is in talks to return to the Spider-Man universe, but he could be tasked with leading The Shadow reboot too.
Chris Evans as The Shadow might not be an MCU entry, but Evans has stated that he would return to Marvel in other roles. One role was mentioning he could appear as a multiverse variant of Johnny Storm from the Fantastic Four. The Russo Brothers, who directed Avengers: Endgame, also stated they could see Evans as Wolverine. However, what if The Shadow was made by Marvel? The man could still stay in the MCU and take on a brand-new role. We could see that happening. Universal Pictures could partner with Marvel for a complete reimagining of The Shadow.
Chris Evans leading The Shadow reboot may take some time to make, as the man is quite busy currently. His espionage film, The Gray Man, was just released. He then is set to take on a romantic comedy called Ghosted, alongside Ana de Armas. From there, he is set to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in a holiday film called Red One. And finally, he is set to star with Emily Blunt in a thriller about the pharmaceutical world called Pain Hustlers. It might be 2024 before we are able to see The Shadow reboot, but that is plenty of time to see Marvel or Sam Raimi step in.