The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln is joining the MCU, but as who?

There’s a new report from Giant Freaking Robot that I’ll take with a grain of salt, but wanted to explore the possibility anyway. The site says their sources have told them that ex-Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln is in talks to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an unknown role.

Andrew Lincoln left The Walking Dead in 2018, but was recently spotted in Atlanta hanging out with the cast, implying he may have some sort of final cameo at the end of the series. He’s also supposed to star in his own Rick Grimes movies, but maybe he’s tired of waiting for those to come together, so he’s potentially signing on for a Marvel project.

Lincoln joining the MCU makes more sense than you might initially imagine. A ton of these projects are also filmed near where The Walking Dead filmed in the south, and Lincoln would be one of the few Walking Dead actors to join the MCU. Most important is his own on-screen love, Michonne, played by Danai Gurira who is Okoye in Black Panther and Avengers. Ross Marquand, who plays Aaron, also played Red Skull in Infinity War/Endgame, and voiced Ultron in What If…? Ex-Walking Dead-er Michael Rooker was Yondu in two Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Lauren Ridloff was in Eternals. And Rick Grimes’ former rival Shane became the Punisher when Jon Bernthal took on the role.

So yes, there is history there. And there’s been a lot of talk about current Walking Dead star and Lincoln bud Norman Reedus trying to play Ghost Rider in the MCU.

But as for Lincoln himself, who would he play? As this rumor started bouncing around the internet, there were plenty of ideas. The one I’ve seen come the most often is Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards. We know Marvel has a Fantastic Four movie planned. Rumor has it that Richards may even appear in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness as part of the Illuminati. But the thing is, Lincoln is a white guy with graying hair who is about the right age and looks, hence the guesses there.

Oddly enough, I saw a lot of fans rallying around for Lincoln to be cast as the MCU’s Wolverine which… no, no way. I can’t see that at all. And even if we guess maybe a wholesale part in the MCU, that’s not necessarily the case. We see actors in supporting roles all the time, so maybe we can’t rule out that he isn’t a true superhero at all. A higher ex-SHIELD? Who knows. Although given the notoriety of his other TWD teammates, I’m leaning towards a bigger role, Richards or not.

We will see if that materializes. Lincoln’s journey after TWD has been strange because he just hasn’t done much in the last few years, and I maintain he probably never should have left the show in the first place. I’m curious to see if he returns for the finale and if he gets to do those Rick Grimes movies, but who knows, maybe we’ll see him in the MCU first.

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