RUMOR: Marvel Studios Wants BLACK ADAM Star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson To Play X-MEN Villain Apocalypse

RUMOR: Marvel Studios Wants BLACK ADAM Star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson To Play X-MEN Villain Apocalypse

In perhaps the most batsh*t crazy rumour we've shared in quite some time, rumour has it Marvel Studios is looking to bring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson into the MCU as classic X-Men villain, Apocalypse...

By JoshWilding - May 07, 2024 05:05 PM EST
Filed Under: X-Men

The rise of social media has seen a rise in the number of so-called scoopers sharing inside information. Many of them have no more credibility than your average Reddit commenter, but then there are those with a solid track record.

@MyTimeToShineH (mostly) falls into the latter category, and whether you want to put that down to lucky guesses or legit sources, they've dropped more hits than misses in recent years. 

This latest claim, though, is one we're struggling to believe. Then again, stranger things have happened!

Apparently, Black Adam star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is on Marvel Studios' radar to play En Sabah Nur, a.k.a. Apocalypse. We'd assume this is for the upcoming X-Men reboot, though it's possible he'd play a Variant of the villain in one of the upcoming Avengers movies seeing as many of the original X-Men are expected to appear.

Physically, Johnson certainly looks the part and could play a convincing Apocalypse who isn't brought to life with Thanos-style motion capture. He's also a huge star in desperate need of a win.

As we recently reported, The Rock's return to WWE is thought to be part of a plan to keep him relevant following a series of high-profile failures (Black Adam, Young Rock's cancellation, and the XFL's struggles). Now in his early 50s, Johnson seems eager to avoid the fate of other action stars who have gone from the A-List to direct-to-DVD fare.

Along with a WWE return, he's taken on a lead role in A24's The Smashing Machine and put his differences with Vin Diesel aside to return to the Fast franchise. Bouncing back with an MCU movie makes sense, even if it means not getting the same level of creative control he had on Black Adam.  

Regardless, we'd advise taking this with a pinch of salt for now. 

Apocalypse was created by writer Louise Simonson and artist Jackson Guice, first appearing in X-Factor #5 in 1986. The ancient mutant believes in the concept of "survival of the fittest," and his desire to bring about the evolution of mutantkind by any means necessary, often through destructive and genocidal methods.

He sees himself as a god-like figure and seeks to impose his vision of mutant supremacy upon the world and has assembled various groups of mutant followers, known as the "Four Horsemen," to serve his purposes. Oscar Isaac previously played the villain in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse.

Let us know your thoughts on this rumour in the comments section below.

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Spidey91 - 5/7/2024, 5:40 PM
The hierarchy of power of the mutants is about to change
TheVisionary25 - 5/7/2024, 5:51 PM
@Spidey91 - well , if he is Apocalypse then he would actually be right lol
Order66 - 5/7/2024, 5:42 PM
Spidey91 - 5/7/2024, 5:42 PM
eermm...I dunno, I'd rather get someone who can, you know...act. I know Oscar Isaac's version looked like Ivan Ooze, but that was still Oscar Isaac.
TheVisionary25 - 5/7/2024, 5:48 PM
@Spidey91 - I think he could pull it off , idk if Apocalypse requires a lot of range lol

I do think the movie he is doing with A24 and Benny Safdie might show his range more.
TheVisionary25 - 5/7/2024, 5:51 PM
@Spidey91 - also if I had a cent for everytime Oscar Isaac has played a Egyptian themed Marvel character , I would have 2 but it’s still weird

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NinnesMBC - 5/7/2024, 6:00 PM
@TheVisionary25 - IDK about Miguel O'Hara having any Egyptian in him tbh. He's more latino.
TheVisionary25 - 5/7/2024, 6:01 PM
@NinnesMBC - oh yes , he’s definitely Latino

I just couldn’t find a picture of Apocalyose and Moon Knight together lol
NinnesMBC - 5/7/2024, 6:28 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Ah okay then, got it haha.
MCUKnight11 - 5/7/2024, 5:43 PM
Funny cameo in D & W is about as far as this should go.
M3T4LL0 - 5/7/2024, 5:43 PM
WhateverItTakes - 5/7/2024, 5:54 PM
@M3T4LL0 - User Comment Image

Your welcome
M3T4LL0 - 5/7/2024, 9:50 PM
@WhateverItTakes - hahaha thank you kind sir!
Fares - 5/7/2024, 5:44 PM
Is he willing to play an actual villain and actually lose? I guess from what I understand that's what happened in WWE recently, so perhaps it can actually work.
TheVisionary25 - 5/7/2024, 6:02 PM
@Fares - he was great recently as a bad guy but he did win in the one match he was in.
Mrtoke - 5/7/2024, 6:58 PM
@Fares - he was always willing to put any man over in WWE. It's not new. He was the most charismatic when he got stunned by Steve Austin. Hell, he lost in his first major movie role in the mummy returns. He's not Steven Seagal.
Fares - 5/7/2024, 9:15 PM
@Mrtoke - His role in the mummy is hardly major. Okay now I was not familiar with his track record in the WWE, but what about his film career? Aside from Fast Five, which was before the true Mega Star era that he's in now, has he ever played a true bad guy or lost the fight?
Mrtoke - 5/7/2024, 9:29 PM
@Fares - I meant the status of the movie he was in, not his role.He got his ass whooped by black superman in hobbs and shaw. If he's willing to for the check (who wouldn't?), then yeah. I don't think he's ever been a villain besides for the mummy returns though.
WarMonkey - 5/8/2024, 7:54 AM
@Fares - He also was in Doom as the villain and lost badly.
DOOMSPEAKS - 5/8/2024, 10:35 AM
@Mrtoke - Hobbs and Shaw is by far my favorite Rock movie. Simply because he anchors a helicopter and car together with with his superior human strength. Never seen a more realistic stunt done in Hollywood.
Forthas - 5/7/2024, 5:44 PM
Not bad...they should get Vin Diesel to play the absorbing man in the subsequent Hulk solo film.
dagenspear - 5/7/2024, 6:11 PM
@Forthas - MCU already has an that character. In Agents Of Shield.
Forthas - 5/7/2024, 6:14 PM
@dagenspear - Multiverse!
clintthahamster - 5/7/2024, 6:22 PM
@dagenspear - Man, that guy was PERFECT for the role, too.
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dagenspear - 5/7/2024, 8:55 PM
@clintthahamster - I think similarly, for the most part. There's also the Daredevil reference to him as well. Could pull some science mumbo jumbo to explain him potentially coming back though. Him and Titania might not look bad together.

@Forthas -
MarioT1000 - 5/8/2024, 9:28 AM
@clintthahamster - Is that Johnny Sins? 😂 Now THAT is a fan cast lol
HulkisHoly - 5/7/2024, 5:46 PM
That’s actually better casting than Oscar Isaacs.
thewanderer - 5/7/2024, 6:42 PM
@HulkisHoly - yes and no. Oscar physically wasn’t right for the role and was poorly written, but he certainly had the acting chops you’d want for the role.

While I quite like Dwayne’s movies, I don’t think he’s the level of actor you want for the role.

I’d rather get a better actor and have them do MoCap.
HulkisHoly - 5/7/2024, 6:53 PM
@thewanderer -

I see where you are coming from.
The rock does lack in acting but if a good director and writer can guide him, I think he could pull it off.

He seems to always be typecasted as an Egyptian. The scorpion king, black Adam, and now Apocalypse 😂
SummersEssex - 5/7/2024, 7:57 PM
@thewanderer - next time around Apocalypse will be Thanos-level mocap for sure.
WhatIfRickJames - 5/7/2024, 5:46 PM
Not enough empty bottles for him to pee in on set. No thanks.
JDL - 5/7/2024, 6:44 PM
@WhatIfRickJames - Dude never heard of Stadium Pal ?
WhatIfRickJames - 5/7/2024, 7:07 PM
@JDL - no, he only knows 32 Oz Gatorade
QuietStorm - 5/7/2024, 5:47 PM
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Doomsday8888 - 5/7/2024, 5:48 PM
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Can you sssssmell what The
grif - 5/7/2024, 5:50 PM
well they only make shit movies now so why not?

lazlodaytona - 5/8/2024, 8:36 AM
@grif - I was gonna say, as a DC fan he's your guys' problem now.
WhateverItTakes - 5/7/2024, 5:53 PM
Keep him away from beloved franchises
DiegoMD - 5/7/2024, 5:54 PM
Please. No.
SirDuckAlot - 5/7/2024, 5:56 PM
He'll fit right in with the rest of the shitty MCU villains
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