He’s not really a superhero per se, but Harry Potter is a hero, and his magic might well qualify as a super-power in the right light. So let’s just call Harry Potter a superhero, one that Daniel Radcliffe literally grew up playing, and given his post-Potter career, he’s definitely tried to teeter away from blockbusters, and special effects, and all those other trappings that are as synonymous with the Harry Potter films, as they are with, say, the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. So what would it take to get Radcliffe to save the day again? How about webshooters and a skin-tight red and blue outfit?
While talking to Metro UK, Radcliffe was asked about other heroic roles he might have liked to have, and Radcliffe surprised by saying he would have liked to have been the Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man. “I would’ve been a good Spider-Man but the boat has sailed on that and I’m very happy to watch Tom Holland do it. He’s fantastic,” Radcliffe said.
Holland, while being an Englishman just like Radcliffe, has one advantage over the former Harry Potter, he’s seven years younger. Of course, no one doubts Radcliffe’s abilities, but Marvel was looking for a younger Spider-Man, and Radcliffe will celebrate his 30th birthday the same summer that the fourth Avengers movie is scheduled to come out, and the last thing anyone wants is another thirtysomething Spider-Man. Still, aside from the stage production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Radcliffe has the distinction of being the only actor to play Harry Potter, while three different actors have played Spider-Man over the last 10 years. So in what role did the actor really get their chance to leave their mark on the character, we ask you?
Radcliffe can next be seen getting the Weekend at Bernie’s treatment as a bloated corpse that washes up on a deserted island in Swiss Army Man, which will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday.