This past Summer, it was announced that Laurence Fishburne would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Bill Foster in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Until recently, Fishburne was a part of the DC movie universe as Perry White in Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Fishburne, however, said that he's had a preference for Marvel from a young age:
"I have figured out how to get myself into the Marvel Universe... I can only tell you that I, as a comic reader from childhood, I was a Marvel guy primarily because I grew up in New York City in the 60s and 70s when Marvel was really touching on everything that was happening in my world. It was reflected in the books and in the stories they were telling."
While Fishburne bowed out of the Justice League movie because of scheduling issues, he himself went to Marvel to seek a role:
"I got the offer to do Perry White in Man of Steel, I said yes to that. Obviously Batman v Superman I said yes to that. I was unable to be involved in the Justice League movie, scheduling-wise it just wasn't going to work out, but I had wanted very much to be part of the Marvel universe at the same time. So I went to them and pitched them a couple of ideas and basically said, 'Look, if there's anything I can do that makes sense for me to do in the Marvel universe, I would love to be involved. So they came to me with an offer to be Bill Foster in Ant-Man and the Wasp."
Fishburne didn't go into a lot of detail, but here's what he had to say about his role in Ant-Man and the Wasp:
"I'm playing Bill Foster, who was Hank Pym's assistant. That's how I enter into the world and I'm very excited. Peyton Reed is directing it, who directed the first one. It's gonna be as fun and cool and smart as the first one."
In the comics, Bill Foster helped Hank Pym (OG Ant-Man) find a cure for his gigantism and synthesized his own growth compound, then went on to become the hero Black Goliath/Giant-Man/Goliath. We're not sure if that's his fate in the Cinematic Universe, but it does seem Fishburne might have a future with the MCU:
"I've got black-ish going on, I'm developing something else for Marvel that I can't talk about. It's gonna be really cool. It's gonna change the world, we hope (laughs)."
Let's just hope the movies don't follow the comics too closely (see Civil War #4).