The Walking Dead universe comprises a massive list of talented actors. Many of these have also starred in one or more projects within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Recently, rumors have been reported about Colman Domingo, Steven Yeun & Jon Bernthal and their involvement in the MCU. What is true and what isn't?
Colman Domingo is well known for his role as Victor Strand in Fear the Walking Dead. He has recently made headlines with two new roles. He stars in the Netflix original Rustin, which focuses on Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin, who was instrumental in organizing the March on Washington in 1963. In December 2023, Domingo portrayed Mister in the musical adaptation of The Color Purple movie. Now, reports are circulating that he is being eyed to replace Jonathan Majors as Kang The Conqueror.
Industry insider Daniel Richtman has teased that Marvel is considering replacing Kang with a new actor instead of cutting this character from upcoming films. Only time will tell what the future of Kang and Domingo's role will be.
Recently, rumors circulated regarding Steven Yeun's departure from the upcoming Marvel Studios Thunderbolts movie. Variety has reported that this rumor is true. While attending a Louis Vuitton pop-up in West Hollywood, Yeun, who portrayed Glenn Rhee in The Walking Dead, spoke about exiting the project.
"“I think for me, time passing and things shifting kind of pulled me out of it. But Jake [Schreier], I know, is going to do an incredible job. I wanna do a Marvel movie,” he added."- Steven Yeun
In February 2023, Yeun was announced to join the Thunderbolts movie in an undisclosed role. In November, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman revealed that Yeun was set to portray Sentry, a role fans were excited to see him take on.
Jon Bernthal returns as The Punisher
In 2016, Jon Bernthal, known for his roles in The Walking Dead, The Bear, and The Wolf of Wall Street, joined the Netflix original series Daredevil in its second season. He portrayed Frank Castle/The Punisher and reprised the role in the spinoff series The Punisher. Next, Bernthal will become The Punisher once again in a new series from Marvel Studios, Daredevil: Born Again, that will air on Disney+.
Filming for the series halted during the strikes and is expected to resume in early 2024. The new series' first season will consist of 18 episodes, and the synopsis reads, "Longtime rivals Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio) try to leave behind their darker alter-egos to serve the people of New York only to have their pasts catch up to them. In the first episode of the series, we are reintroduced to the world of Daredevil." There has been no official announcement regarding a premiere, but it will likely be 2025 before the series releases.