The Perfect Person To Play Wario In Super Mario 2 Has Been Found

Jack Black thinks that Pedro Pascal, based on his SNL performance in the Mario-Last of Us parody, should play Wario in Super Mario Bros. 2.

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

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Jack Black, who portrays Bowser in the Super Mario Bros. Movie, has the perfect antagonist in mind for Super Mario Bros. 2. Speaking to GameSpot, the actor said he wants Pedro Pascal to play Wario – the Bluto to Mario’s Popeye. “It’s not a given that Bowser will return,” he said, adding that each of his Kung Fu Panda films featured a different bad guy.

Sharing ideas about a new villain, Jack Black said the introduction of Wario may motivate Bowser to team up with his adversary to defend the Mushroom Kingdom. “I may need to be turned to help Mario and the rest defend our universe against other unseen [forces] of evil,” he said before mentioning The Mandalorian star. “Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Pedro Pascal is Wario.”

Pedro Pascal previously portrayed Mario in an episode of Saturday Night Live earlier this year. The skit, which blended The Last of Us with elements of Super Mario Bros, saw the actor escorting Princess Peach across Rainbow Road as Bowser hunts her down. The mini-story was set 10 years after the collapse of the Mushroom Kingdom, with the Goombas depicted as walking fungi.

Fans reacted enthusiastically on social media, with some calling the parody hilarious. “I would pay good money to watch this,” one person said. Others are still talking about it months later. “The SNL Mario Kart parody ad with Pedro Pascal was fantastic, and I would watch it,” another said.

If the reactions are anything to go by, fans would love to see the actor in Super Mario Bros. 2.

Nintendo and Illumination haven’t officially announced Super Mario Bros. 2. However, a post-credits scene offered fans some hope. Following the main credits, viewers see a miniature Bowser trapped in a cage.

But at the end, there is a small shot of a green-and-white-speckled Yoshi egg cracking. While the hatchling isn’t revealed, the clip hints at a potential sequel.

While Bowser is iconic, it would be interesting for Super Mario Bros. 2 to include Wario as a new villain. The character was first introduced in the 1992 game Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins as the main antagonist. He is depicted as a muscular, greedy individual with a thick mustache and is often depicted as a foil to franchise hero Mario.

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Screenshot from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

Although he was created as a bad guy, Wario quickly became popular enough to earn his own spin-off series of games. He is known for his love of money and is willing to do anything to get his hands on it. In terms of gameplay, Wario is portrayed as a powerful and slightly slower character than Mario.

Wario has his own moves (like the shoulder barge and ground pound), which can break through obstacles.

Wario has appeared in various Mario spin-off games like Mario Kart, Mario Party, and Mario Golf. He eventually opened WarioWare to make his own video games and even starred in the 3D platform Wario World on the Nintendo GameCube. As a beloved franchise character, it would be cool to see him on the big screen in Super Mario Bros. 2.