Rumor: Marvel Wants Matthew McConaughey To Play Norman Osborn In Spider-Man Reboot

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) recently revealed that he has read movie scripts for Marvel and DC projects, and now, there’s  a new rumor  suggesting that Marvel wants him for a villainous role in their Spider-Man reboot.

That Hashtag Show is reporting that their source has informed them that Marvel is eyeing McConaughey for the role of Norman Osborn in the Spider-Man reboot. This source, which the claim is “reliable,” based on previous Avengers: Age of Ultron info on the new Avengers lineup and Quicksilver’s fate.

Of course, it’s just a rumor, and it’s interesting to note that the report does say that he’s only being “eyed” for the part. As far as casting choices go, this would definitely be an interesting one.

McConaughey definitely has proven he has the acting chops to pull off big roles, though, as he’s consistently been in the discussion for The Oscars for the past few years.

According to Marvel.com:

Ruthless industrialist Norman Osborn was the co-owner of a leading New York firm, Osborn Industries, which specialized in chemical manufacturing via Osborn Chemicals, as well as other areas of research and development, including robotics. His wife Emily died within a year after the birth of their son Harry, leaving Norman embittered. The product of an oppressively stern upbringing by an alcoholic father who lost the family fortune, Norman raised Harry dispassionately, often devoid of fatherly warmth, being chafed by Harry’s failure to demonstrate academic excellence or a competitive drive.

Despite living in reacquired opulence, Harry felt depressed and neglected by his father. Unbeknownst to Harry, Norman had risen in power by participating in a collusion enabling the creation of powerful opponents to challenge the super-hero community, thereby offering corrupt corporations a means to distract the heroes from probing into their affairs. One failure in this regard involved using Osborn Industries employee Nels Van Adder as a human test subject, transforming him into the disfigured “Protogoblin.”

Osborn dodged accusations of wrongdoing from his head of security, Arthur Stacy, and his brother Detective George Stacy. He discovered the notes of his business partner, Professor Mendel Stromm, for a strength-enhancing serum. Stromm was jailed after Norman had him arrested for embezzling funds, allowing Osborn to gain full control of the firm. Osborn tested the serum upon himself in his private lab, but the unstable concoction exploded in his face leaving him hospitalized for weeks. He emerged smarter and superhumanly strong, but at the cost of his sanity. (After Harry’s death, Spider-Man discovered recordings in which Harry claimed to have been responsible for the serum exploding, bitter at being neglected by his father; however, Harry suffered mental instability at the time of these recollection; the veracity of this claim is unknown).

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