Five Characters Keanu Reeves Should Play in the MCU

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves Is a Legend

It’s 2019 and Keanu Reeves has become one of, if not THE most beloved actor in the world. There are stories of him just being a super-awesome guy all over the internet. He stars in the hit franchise John Wick. He’s appearing in the new CD Projekt Red game Cyberpunk 2077. He was in one of the funniest film scenes this year in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe. And just so much more. Is there anything else this man can do to be even more awesome?

YES! Be in the MCU. One person who’s trying to make that happen is none other than the MCU’s own Godfather Kevin Feige.

In an interview with Brandon Davis from, Feige was asked about the opportunity to get Reeves in the MCU and this is what he had to say:

“We talk to him for almost every film we make,” Feige laughed. “We talk to Keanu Reeves about. I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it.”

So the question must be asked… Who the hell should Keanu play within the MCU?

(Disclaimer: I will not be going with the most obvious answers, like Namor or Nova.)

Five: Uncle Ben

Keanu Reeves and the MCU
Uncle Ben – Spider-Man

I know we skipped the origin story of this iteration of Spider-Man, but we’ve still yet to get a glimpse of good ol’ Uncle Ben, and who better to portray this legendary character than the legendary Keanu Reeves? I mean, think about how much fun it’d be to have Keanu, Tom Holland, and Marisa Tomei on screen.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “but Shane, Uncle Ben is dead!” It’s a comic book movie; there are ways. Especially if the whole idea of a multiverse exists like Spider-Man: Far From Home would have us believe.

(Also, side note: I would not be mad if Keanu played an older Spider-Man from an alternate universe. Just saying.)

Four: Molecule Man

Keanu Reeves and the MCU
Molecule Man Owen Reece’s origin story

Owen Reece, also known as Molecule Man, might be one of the most intriguing characters in all of Marvel comics. He exists as a singular being throughout the entirety of the multiverse. This will give Keanu a character that can help bring the MCU to an even crazier concept of the MCU. 

Now, his powers are a bit complicated, but the simplest idea is, he is so powerful, characters like Galactus don’t stand a chance.

I know most average moviegoers might be confused at first by Molecule Man’s powers, but having a fun personality like Keanu’s would give that perfect MCU touch to the character for some great comedy. Especially if they go with the concept of Molecule Man becoming more unstable mentally the more he spreads himself through the multiverse.

Three: Sgt. Fury

Keanu Reeves and the MCU
Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos

Who wouldn’t love to see Keanu team up with the Howling Commandos? I love the idea of an MCU film set in the ’60s following the missions of the Howling Commandos. With Keanu playing Sgt. Fury, we’d get a fun face to introduce us to the supernatural of the MCU.

This type of character would keep the common theme of Keanu characters intact—crazy awesome dude taking on crazier stuff. This would allow us to continue to get some John Wick-ish style scenes with Keanu, but fighting alongside some monsters. You’re sold on the idea, I know it!

I think this would allow for the MCU to experiment with more fringe characters by plugging in Keanu. Picture Guardians of the Galaxy, but with a tad bit of Constantine (which Keanu also starred in).

Two: Cosmic Ghost Rider

Keanu Reeves and the MCU
Cosmic Ghost Rider

Kind of seems like a no-brainer, right? I mean, it’s basically redoing the concept of having someone at the level of Nicholas Cage, but a more well-beloved person in Keanu Reeves and a more colorful version of Ghost Rider. 

I should make it clear, I love Nicholas Cage, but Keanu is in this weird space of fandom I haven’t seen too many actors in. That said, imagine a more light-hearted Ghost Rider that could interact with Thor or the Guardians. It doesn’t seem like it would work, but honestly, I could see this play out.

Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, and Keanu Reeves on screen together would be absolute magic like we have humans have never seen before. So yeah, I’m for Cosmic Ghost Rider.

One: Darkhawk 

Keanu Reeves and the MCU

One of my favorite characters throughout Marvel comics, and who better to bring him to life than Keanu? Now, you might not know of this character, so I’ll give you a quick, simple guide on Darkhawk’s powers and his “deal”. 

Typically, the character is portrayed as Christopher Powell, a teenager from New York who finds a magic amulet that allows him to take control of a suit of armor. Basically, he does a body swap. His body isn’t in the armor and there is a whole organization of these armors. Kind of like a Nova Corps situation.

He saves the earth from extraterrestrial threats and earthly threats. In recent comics they’ve aged up the character to be an adult who is working for the NYPD, to go along with his super duties.

I love the idea of aging the character even more, to have been working as Darkhawk and a police officer for about twenty years. I think this would pair nicely, especially if for Nova they go the teen route, which I think they will.

Sound Off

So what did you think of my list? Any characters you’d like to see Keanu Reeves play in the MCU? Let me know down in the comments below. And remember… my list is the only one that’s right!

Social Media logo PatreonFollow Word of the Nerd on


There’s a little bit of nerd in everyone!

About the author

Shane Miosi

Shane Miosi is a nerd through and through based out of good ole' Dallas, Texas. If he's not writing he's making videos and podcast just for the fun of it.

  • New CBC bonus gifts-2
  • NoD_Black_Tall.png-e1582139137446.png
  • 300x250
  • Free Domestic Shipping Over $80 120x600
  • Shop Custom Removable Vinyls from Fathead! Turn your photos into professional prints, decals, & murals - Click Here!
  • Metallica The Master Collection Banners

Check out our YouTube Channel

%d bloggers like this: