Bryan Cranston totally wants to play a Marvel villain -- but there's one catch

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Oct 11, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

The fantastic star of Breaking Bad and movies like Godzilla wants to be a Marvel bad guy -- but only under certain conditions.

Speaking with the UK's Metro while promoting his upcoming movie Trumbo, Bryan Cranston expressed that he'd be very interested in joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "You know what I’d like to do? I’d like to do some big superhero villain in some Marvel classic."

Sounds great to us: After all, he played one of TV's greatest antiheroes on Breaking Bad and was even rumored at one time to be a contender for Lex Luthor on the DC side of the aisle. But there's just one thing -- Cranston doesn't want to step into the costume of an existing Marvel nemesis. His idea? "Create one from scratch ... I don’t know what I would do, but it would be nasty."

That's where it gets tricky: Marvel has a vast library of comic-book characters good and bad to draw upon for its movies, and even relatively minor screen bad guys like Batroc have their roots in the pages of Marvel's publishing history. It's hard to imagine that the studio would invent a brand-new villain from thin air, although they might be persuaded to do so for an actor of Cranston's stature.

More likely would be to take an obscure figure from the comics, like Alexander Pierce, who was just a mid-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the books, and reinvent him as Marvel did with Pierce in Captain America: The Winter Soldier -- and ended up landing Robert Redford for the part.

So if Cranston is serious, Marvel should set up a meeting and let him take a look at what they've got available, then take it from there. Would you like to see the former Walter White join the MCU rogues gallery? Who could you see him playing?

(via Collider)

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