Henry Cavill has become synonymous with his role of Superman in Man of Steel, which rebooted the Superman film series and launched the DC Extended Universe in 2013. However, after flying through the skies in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, his future as Clark Kent remains uncertain. That hasn’t stopped him from wanting to don a cape. Now, he’s toying with the idea of playing another superhero… for Marvel.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Henry Cavill was asked which Marvel superhero he would play if he were to switch teams and join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He replied that he would love to play a modern version of the forgotten superhero, Captain Britain. He also acknowledged that there were rumors circulating the internet of him playing Captain Britain, which he said would be a fun thing to do.
“I’m never going to say a Marvel character that is already being played by someone else because everyone’s doing such an amazing job,” Henry Cavill said. “However, I have the internet and I have seen the various rumors about Captain Britain and that would be loads of fun to do a cool, modernized version of that — like the way they modernized Captain America. There’s something fun about that, and I do love being British.”
In case you don’t know who Captain Britain is, don’t confuse the hero for Captain Carter in Marvel’s anthology series What If…? on Disney+. Henry Cavill is talking about a hero not yet well known to movie or television audiences. The man behind the mask of Captain Britain is Brian Braddock, who gets his powers from the Amulet of Right, an artifact he chose over the Sword of Might when the magician Merlyn presented them to him after a motorcycle accident. After his transformation, Captain Britain defeated the Reaver, aka Joshua Stagg, who attacked the nuclear research facility where Braddock worked after his parents died, and got transformed by the Nethergods upon touching the Sword of Might.
Unlike Steve Rogers, who became Captain America thanks to a serum developed to create an army of super soldiers, the Amulet of Right gave Brian Braddock the ability to fly, shoot energy beams, and produce force fields. Basically, the character Henry Cavill is interested in has employed powers that go far beyond super strength, proving useful to protect his homeland for which he was named. Captain Britain also doesn’t rely on a shield bearing the colors of his country’s flag.
According to The Direct, Captain Britain was originally intended to appear exclusively in the British market, but his popularity eventually crossed over to America much like The Beatles and One Direction. He has since fought alongside other heroes in various teams, such as Secret Avengers, the Illuminati, and many others. He was also a member of his namesake team, the Captain Britain Corps., which was comprised of different Variants of the hero who each came from a different world.
Captain Britain hasn’t made any appearances in the MCU films, and no one has talked about him at all. However, in Avengers: Endgame, Peggy Carter briefly mentioned someone named Braddock who hasn’t checked in recently while Tony Stark and Steve Rogers traveled back to 1970 to retrieve the Tesseract. Thanks to Henry Cavill mentioning Captain Britain, it may be time for Marvel to bring the European hero out of the woodwork.