Jim Carrey may have backed off the comic book film Kick-Ass 2 after objecting to the violence in the film, but that may not keep him away from the genre for long. According reports from MTV and ComicBookMovie.com, Carrey may have a cameo appearance in next summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which could open the door for the actor to play a major villain role in one of the two sequels to follow.
A fan snapped a picture with Carrey while on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 back in March which has prompted many to believe that Carrey has some kind of role or cameo in the upcoming sequel to Marc Webb’s 2012 reboot.
Now it’s very possible that Carrey was simply visiting the set, but given his roles in major comic book movie adaptations in the past, it’s not hard to believe that he could be playing a role in a film that could relaunch his mainstream career. It’s common knowledge that since Man on the Moon, Carrey has been less than impressive in the roles he’s chosen with exceptions being The Majestic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I Love You Phillip Morris.
Carrey has dabbled in the realm of comic movie movie stardom three times in his career. One of Carrey’s first leading roles in a film was in The Mask which was followed by his role as The Riddler in 1995’s Batman Forever. Carrey then returned to comic book movies for this year’s release of Kick-Ass 2, which he has infamously disowned.
It’s a rumor at best at this point in the game, but two major factors could point to Carrey having a role in one of the two remaining Spider-Man movies Sony has Marc Webb under contract for. The first is that Sony loves the Carnage and Venom characters which means one or both will be popping up in this series of films. The other is that Carrey needs a major mainstream role in a massive film to regain his footing with the fanbase he has lost since the end of the 90s.
20 years ago you had to get cast in a Tarantino film to revive your career, today you have to pop up in a comic book movie. Carrey has already blown one chance this year to use the platform to bolster his career again, let’s see if he passes on the chance twice.