Exclusive: Justin Timberlake In Talks For Major Marvel Role

By Faith McKay | 12 seconds ago

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Justin Timberlake is still most well known as a singer, but he’s been a prominent actor as well. Movies like The Social Network, Friends With Benefits, and most recently, Palmer, have gained him a lot of attention in Hollywood. While he’s signed on for dramas and romantic comedies, and even children’s movies like Trolls, he hasn’t yet joined one of the major franchises. Now, a trusted and proven inside source for Giant Freakin Robot has shared that may soon change. Our source shared that Justin Timberlake is currently in talks with Marvel for a major role.

It’s important to note that at this point, they’re still in talks. Our source shared that there are multiple options being discussed. One role they said that Justin Timberlake is currently looking at is for the villain in Ironheart. While they were able to disclose that the villain role is in consideration, they were unable to confirm who the villain will be in the Ironheart series for Disney+.

Considering that Justin Timberlake is discussing taking on a major role, the possibilities for the villain are certainly interesting. Ironheart, also known as Riri Williams, will first appear in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever before audiences get to see her on her own Disney+ series. Getting her start in the movies, and then putting her in her own series, is a sign that Marvel is taking her role in the cinematic universe seriously. It’ll be interesting to see how big her villain is, then. While the cinematic universe is of course free to diverge from the comics, and it often does, one of the major villains Riri Williams faces in the comics is none other than Doctor Doom himself.

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Considering that Doctor Doom is one of the top Marvel villains ever, his casting has been highly anticipated. He would certainly fit the bill of a “major” character for Justin Timberlake to be taking on. In the comics, Ironheart meets Doctor Doom when he’s on a redemption arc, which seems unlikely as a starting point for the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, since audiences would want to see Doctor Doom as a supervillain first. However, they could introduce him in Ironheart and make him evil. There’s precedent for introducing a major villain in a Disney+ series, since they recently introduced Kang the Conqueror (another iconic villain) in Loki season one on Disney+. Also, it seems like the time for Doctor Doom, with Fantastic Four coming to Marvel soon. However, there’s been no news on this.

At this point, Justin Timberlake is in talks. We can’t predict whether he’ll sign on the dotted line with Marvel or not. Taking on a major role is a huge commitment. Stars like Chris Hemsworth have been playing Thor for over a decade, so it would make sense if Timberlake wants to be choosy about the role he takes on. At this point in his career, it would be interesting to see the likable pop star take on the role of a villain. There’s still plenty of iconic villains out there if he decides to stick with that route. Hopefully, he’ll find one that suits.