Sometimes things happen for a reason. There are castings that are hard to imagine being played by someone else, but others were you imagine what could’ve been. It seems that Kumail Nanjiani had quite a curious history in joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We now know him as the Eternal Kingo, but it seems he almost didn’t have the role. In an interview with the podcast My Mom’s Basement, writer Kaz Firpo pointed out that the actor didn’t initially join the project because he was already cast in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Little fun fact, we literally basically pitched from like the jump. We were like, we love Kumail, we love everything he pretty much has done, specifically Silicon Valley and what he is up to. And we pitched to the producers right from the beginning, like it’s got to be Kumail. They were like: ‘It can’t be because he’s got a role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, James Gunn like has already written him into it so he can’t do Eternals.’Kaz Firpo
Of course, as we all know things didn’t quite pan out for the third Guardians film early on and it got delayed indefinitely. Luckily, the wait has come to an end, as it just recently entered production. Sadly, the writer has pointed out that they don’t know what role exactly he had, but it’s quite interesting that Gunn wrote one with him in mind. Perhaps we’ll find out later down the line once we’ve learned more about the threequel.
You can watch the full interview on the topic here: