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As X-Men ‘97 inches closer to finale, Dwayne Johnson rumored to be eyed for a dreaded live-action villain - Find out who

DCU’s Black Adam Dwayne The Rock Johnson is now in contention to play an X-Men villain and we never saw this coming. 

As X-Men ‘97 inches closer to finale, Dwayne Johnson rumored to be eyed for a dreaded live-action villain - Find out who
Dwayne Johnson Eyed To Play An X-Men Villain?

Last Updated: 01.05 PM, May 08, 2024


With the amount of rumors and speculation surrounding the entry of mutants into the MCU, especially the X-Men, there has been unprecedented chaos. Someone could compile these rumors and theories into a standalone screenplay. Amidst this is X-Men '97, the animated continuation show that not only brought nostalgia but also marked the entry of the X-Men into the MCU. However, as the animated show’s first season approaches its finale, the rumor mills have started churning even faster about the live-action X-Men reboot. The latest rumor suggests that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson might join the film as a villain, a development you might never have imagined happening so soon. Read on to know everything you should about this massive update.

Dwayne Johnson Eyed for X-Men Villain?

My Time To Shine Hello, over the past many months, has become one of the most reliable scoopers, and their rumors have indeed turned out to be true. But their latest scoop about the X-Men world in the MCU is so wild that you will be shocked. According to The Scooper, the MCU bosses are eyeing Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, specifically within the X-Men universe. The scoop suggests they want him to play a very powerful X-Men villain, none other than En Sabah Nur, aka Apocalypse.

The scoop doesn't specifically mention the name of the project The Rock has been considered for to play Apocalypse, but this would be a massive casting coup if it happens to be true. First, he is the man who recently lost Black Adam, his ambitious DC character, as soon as James Gunn and Peter Safran entered the studio and axed his future. Second, he looks perfect for the part as his physique and appearance closely match how the comics depict the Apocalypse. There is a high possibility he might be part of the live-action X-Men reboot or the Avengers movies that will have the mutants fighting alongside the existing heroes.

Who Is Apocalypse?

Introduced by writer Louise Simonson and artist Jackson Guice in 1986 in X-Factor #5, En Sabah Nur is an ancient mutant who believes in the survival of the fittest. Apocalypse wants the evolution of mutant-kind by any means necessary, and these means are often destructive and genocidal. According to Villains Fandom, Apocalypse has the power of shape-shifting, teleportation, superhuman strength that can rival the Hulk, absorption, and projection of energy, resistance to telepathic attacks, and limited use of telekinesis and telepathy.

Why The Rock Needs This?

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson needs Apocalypse to revive his acting career, and if the rumor is true, he needs to say yes right now. The star is surrounded by negative headlines at the moment, with his WWE returns labeled as damage control for a faltering acting career. His multiple franchise films, including Red Notice, have been stuck in production hell, and speculations have blamed The Rock for some of this. Recently, it was said that his feud with Ryan Reynolds on the set of Red Notice due to his unprofessional behavior is the reason for the delay in Red Notice 2.


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