Harry Styles’ involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) future appears uncertain.
Styles, 29, had a cameo role as Eros/Starfox in the 2021 film Eternals, and was slated to earn up to $100 million for reprising the character in a spin-off titled Eros and Pip. However, this project seems to have been put on hold due to Disney’s reported decision to scale back various spin-offs within the franchise.
“Marvel bosses were openly talking about Harry in a lead role. But that talk has cooled. The whole business and Marvel franchise is being rethought. The focus is on creating the biggest projects with the biggest revenues. Harry’s character is a fun and beloved role. But it is not realistically the number one choice to get the Marvel franchise bouncing back,” a source shared with the No Filter column of the Sunday Mirror newspaper.
Marvel’s Future Plans for Harry Styles
This development follows several months after Marvel Studios producer Nate Moore tantalizingly suggested that Harry’s future within the franchise looks promising, thanks to the captivating nature of Eros’ character and his intriguing link to the nefarious Thanos.
“We certainly didn’t cast Harry for a tag. I mean, again – And a character (that) maybe I have too much affection for. ‘Cause he’s had some problematic runs in publishing. But there are more stories to be told with the character,” Moore said during an interview on the Deadline Crew Call podcast.
“He has a really interesting connection with Thanos; they’re half-brothers and share the same father. He has an interesting power set,” Moore continued. “He’s a complicated character, but a really fun character. And I think… having met Harry Styles, he is as charming as you want him to be. And I think there’s no limit to how good that character’s going to be once we get to bring him back.”
Harry Styles’ Inclusion in the MCU
Chloe Zhao, director of Eternals, played a pivotal role in Harry Styles’ inclusion in the MCU.
She recounted, “Long story short. With that depressing ending, at some point, he was going to be one of the Eternals on that ship. And that didn’t quite work out. But I had been wanting to bring Eros into the MCU.”
“So I kept mentioning [casting Harry Styles] to Kevin [Feige] at every chance I had in the hallway, because I love the idea of Eros being another Eternal, another Ajak.” Zhao added.
All Marvel projects, which are currently in development, are paused at the moment. We expect more details to surface once the WGA and SAG strikes end. We’ll keep you posted as more details are released.