Shaq Campaigns for Avengers Role, I Would Like to Kick Robert Downey Jr.'s Ass
With Chris Hemsworth appearing to be on his way out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s a much bigger man willing to pick up the hammer — or anything that puts him opposite Iron Man.
“I would love to be in one of the Avengers movies,” Shaquille O’Neal tells EW. “I would like to kick Robert Downey Jr.’s ass.”
The basketball Hall of Famer/actor/rapper/NBA analyst/volunteer police officer/one-time Lyft driver is no stranger to superhero movies. More than 20 years ago, before the superhero craze began, the then-25-year-old Los Angeles Laker suited up for Steel. Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, the 1997 film was an airball with critics and viewers, but it was notable for the distinction of having one of the first black superheroes on the big screen.
“It was an awesome opportunity,” recalls O’Neal, who starred as the titular vigilante hero. “However, I’d like to redo it and get some of these 2018 special effects.”