If Ryan Reynolds already wasn't playing Deadpool, Zachary Levi would have surely thrown his hat in the ring for the role.
Zachary Levi recently showed up at MegaCon Orldando 2019 and answered loads of fan questions on various topics concerning his acting career. One of these fans asked him what villainous character he would play in each Marvel and DC Universe if he could choose. In response, the 38-year-old actor mentioned Deadpool, although he is aware that the character is now an anti-hero and that Ryan Reynolds is doing a fabulous job at playing him. In his words:
I've said many times before that Deadpool was my favorite villain in the Marvel universe. He's now an anti-hero, I understand that, but not when I found him. He was definitely a villain back then. And I would love to play Deadpool, except Ryan's been doing that very, very astutely.
Even though Marvel Studios is planning to reboot the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, it almost certainly won't recast the Merc with a Mouth - unless, of course, Reynolds himself decides to bow out. And even if Reynolds vacates the role, the studio wouldn't consider Levi for the role as he has already portrayed Fandral in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, it's highly unlikely that Shazam! star would ever get to play the character on live-action big-screen.
During the Q&A session, Zachary Levi was also asked to reveal which franchise was more fun to work in, Marvel or DC. Here's how he responded:
Everything's a competition, isn't it? Well, I mean, I had more fun working for DC. I mean, I got to be my own superhero with DC, bro. It was super cool that I was cast, although I wasn't able to do the first Thor, I was cast in that by Kenneth Branagh, who I think is an incredible talent.
You can check out the whole Q&A session below!
Of course, Levi picking DC over Marvel is understandable. His Fandral, like other members of the Warriors Three, had very little to do in the Thor movies. Meanwhile, Shazam! had him front and center, simply because he was playing the titular superhero. So, he was never going to pick Marvel over DC.