Mark Wahlberg Might Do A Comic Book Movie If Martin Scorsese Were Directing It

The Oscar-nominated actor says "it would depend" when asked if he would sign on for a Marvel or DC film.

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Mark Wahlberg has been acting for decades and has appeared in blockbusters, but he's never made a comic book movie. In the latest issue of Total Film, Wahlberg said he is not strictly opposed to the prospect of being in a Marvel or DC film, but he isn't totally sold on the idea either.

He told the magazine that "it would depend" on multiple factors, including whether or not Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese were directing. "I don't know. It would depend--and if Marty was directing it," he said.

Wahlberg worked with Scorsese on The Departed, which won Best Picture and earned Wahlberg an Academy Award nomination. Scorsese made waves when he said Marvel movies are "not cinema." The famed Oscar-winning director later clarified his remarks as part of an opinion piece for The New York Times--and he isn't backing down.

Scorsese started off by stating that he does not detest Marvel, he just doesn't see those types of superhero movies as "cinema" as he defines it. He said many franchise films are "made by people of considerable talent and artistry." He doesn't watch or enjoy Marvel movies because they do not personally appeal to his "taste and temperament."

In the Total Film interview, Wahlberg said his philosophy with film jobs is to "take one project at a time," so he couldn't say for sure right now if he'd want to be in a comic book film. He's working on a film that reads like something out of a comic book--The Six Billion Dollar Man--but Wahlberg said this movie will be "much more grounded." Inspired by the TV show The Six Million Dollar Man, the film follows the story of a man who suffers an accident and is rebuilt with scientifically advanced upgrades that allow him to do "some incredible things."

"But are you asking if I would have the courage to walk out of my trailer in a cape or a costume?" Wahlberg said. To that question, Wahlberg said he doesn't know.

In 2016, Wahlberg spoke more emphatically about his lack of interest in appearing in a comic book film, at least in a role involving a cape. "I don't care what it is, how much I'm getting paid, I'm not leaving my trailer in a cape," Wahlberg told Variety.

Wahlberg's next movie is Uncharted, in which he plays Sully opposite Tom Holland as Nathan Drake. The film opens in theaters on February 18, and everyone who buys Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (releasing January 28 on PS5) gets a free ticket.

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