The 59-year-old star – who was born Nicolas Coppola, Nicolas Cage was among some of our favorite action movies of all time and is the nephew of ‘The Godfather’ director Francis Ford Coppola – admits he has to to be “nice” about the MCU because it’s named after Stan Lee’s comic book character Luke Cage.
I have to be nice to the Marvel movies, because I named myself after a Stan Lee character named Luke Cage. What am I gonna do, ask Marvel movies?
“Stan Lee is my surreal father. He named me. I understand what the frustration is. I understand. But I think there is room for everyone.
“I see movies like ‘Tar.’ I see all kinds of artistic and independent films, I think there is room for everyone.
When asked if he wanted to be in the MCU, he replied, “I don’t need to be in the MCU, I’m Nic Cage.”
Last year, Cage admitted he would love to be in the Marvel movie “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
The ‘Ghost Rider’ actor has responded to speculation that he could reprise the role of Johnny Blaze and his superhero alter ego – which he played in the 2006 film and its 2011 sequel ‘Ghost Rider : Spirit of Vengeance” – in the Marvel blockbuster.
He said, “Oh, I don’t think so. I don’t think they’re casting me. I mean, I would.
“It would be fun. I would love to work with Cumberbatch, but I don’t think that’s happening.
Cage also made it clear that he disagrees with his uncle Coppola or filmmaker Martin Scorsese when it comes to the MCU.
Coppola has previously backed Scorsese’s criticism of comic book movies and their impact on the film industry, insisting it’s “despicable” that Hollywood puts money over art.
He argued, “Before, there were studio films. Now there are Marvel images. And what is a Marvel image?
“A Marvel picture is a prototype movie that’s made over and over and over and over to look different.”
However, Cage defended big-budget blockbusters and insisted there was no “conflict” between the different genres of cinema.
He added: “I don’t think the movies I do, like ‘Pig’ or ‘Joe’, are in any way in conflict with the Marvel movies.
“I mean, I don’t think the Marvel movie had anything to do with tween ending. By tweener, I mean the $30-50 million budget movie. I think the movies are in good shape.