It’s no secret that everyone loves Keanu Reeves and the internet has unanimously deemed him to be our collective boyfriend because, well, he’s
John Wick Keanu bloody Reeves. Having said that though, there was a crucial juncture in Hollywood history involving Captain Marvel that could’ve changed our perception of Keanu Reeves just a tad.
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During a cheeky Keanu Reeves rabbit hole, I unearthed a super interesting little tidbit about how he was originally set to play the main baddie, Yon-Rogg, in Captain Marvel back in 2017 but had to drop out due to commitments with John Wick 3 and Marvel quickly got Jude Law in for the part instead.
This wild Sliding Doors moment involving Keanu and Captain Marvel throws up a very interesting “what if” scenario: would Reeves’ status as the internet’s boyfriend been in danger had he somehow managed to play Brie Larson‘s nemesis in the MCU?
Yon-Rogg was portrayed as the epitome of toxic masculinity in Captain Marvel. He’s ruthless to enemies, unsympathetic to innocents, and perhaps most notably, he toys with Carol Danvers’ by manipulating her emotions and memory in an attempt to establish control her. Jude Law pulled this off brilliantly as he’s had experience playing charismatic evil characters before.
But would we have the same response had Keanu Reeves played this part in Captain Marvel? It’s not that he’s a bad actor or didn’t have the look, it’s just that it may be a bit much to picture someone as wholesome as Keanu playing such an evil male character, especially after playing the badarse puppy-loving John Wick.
Now history obviously didn’t play out that way and we ultimately got to see Keanu Reeves become the internet’s boyfriend and John Wick 3 at the expense of not having him in Captain Marvel.
Would we have still adored him had he played Yon-Rogg? The answer is probably yes but it would’ve had a different feel to it compared to John Wick that’s for sure.
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