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Lin-Manuel Miranda wants to play Marvel's Carnage

Lin-Manuel Miranda is keen to play comic book villain Carnage in a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie.

The actor and composer was propelled to fame after creating and starring in Broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical, and has since gone onto provide music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming animated movie Moana.

While Miranda is gearing up to appear in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns alongside Emily Blunt, the 36-year-old has also set his sights on playing a big screen villain, as he explained during an interview with Simon Thompson, the host of YouTube film podcast Meet the Movie Press.

"He (Miranda) is a big fan of Marvel," said Thompson of his interview with the actor. "And there is one particular character that he would actually like to play. It's Carnage. He said if Disney and Marvel were looking at doing a Maximum Carnage movie or bringing Carnage in (the MCU) as a character, he wants to be Carnage."

Thompson added that Miranda is a “genuine” fan of Carnage, and to play the villain is a "goal of his".

Carnage, a.k.a. Cletus Kasady, made his Marvel Comics debut in 1991. The character’s comic book history is closely tied to Eddie Brock, also known as Venom, with the two sharing a prison cell together in Rikers Island. When Eddie's alien symbiote Venom returned, allowing him to escape from prison, the symbiote unknowingly left an offspring in the cell, which bonded with Kasady and caused the formation of Carnage, who has enhanced physical strength and shape-shifting abilities. He then escaped prison himself and committed a number of murders, which lead to a showdown with Spider-Man.

As it stands, Miranda has a jam packed schedule with a variety of Disney projects, including co-composing the live action Little Mermaid movie with Alan Menken. Though just last month (Oct16), Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman teased that fans should expect "real news" about forthcoming Spider-Man spin-offs soon. While he didn’t offer any specifics, it's certainly possible that Carnage could be one of the characters to get his own movie.

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