Dive into the Marvel fandom of the hip hop star & actor, including why he'd write Ghost Rider and much more!
Since the age of eight, hip hop star and actor Method Man has been keeping up with the exploits of the X-Men, Iron Man and many more as an avid Marvel Comics fan.
We recently had the opportunity to speak with him during a press tour for his new film “The Cobbler” about how he got the role, what Marvel comics he’s reading now and much more!
Marvel.com: Are you reading anything Marvel currently?
Method Man: Yeah, I’m reading a lot of Marvel. I’m about to open up my account now to see, because today is the day the books drop and I didn’t get my books yet. Just for the record, my comic book store in Staten Island is called Comic Book Jones. That spot’s been selling me my books since 1995. He’s responsible for all these books I have in this house.
Marvel.com: Who’s your favorite Marvel character?
Method Man: Right now, [the new] Thor has my eye.
Marvel.com: Why is that?
Method Man: Because I just want to see what she’s going to do with Mjolnir. She’s doing things with the hammer that [the original] Thor didn’t.
Marvel.com: What do you think about the new Captain America?
Method Man: I’m trying to get my head around Falcon right now. What threw me off was [that] I didn’t jump on [ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA] fast enough so I got the AXIS Falcon where he was more or less like “Bust this one. Get this one. We gotta lock this one up.” You know, going after the mutants and whoever else because the scene was flipped because of the Red Skull. I like UNCANNY AVENGERS though. That book has my attention.
Marvel.com: Why so?
Method Man: Because I see the Vision is back and the whole thing with Havok going rogue. And the book is so well-written, man. WOLVERINES, too. I like WOLVERINES. I could go on for days, I mean, jeez. I just got SPIDER-GWEN. That thing gave me a headache—the whole Spider-Verse thing. I like how they incorporated some of the old Spider-Men that we haven’t seen in a while like Spider-Ham. I’m looking forward to HOWARD THE DUCK.
Marvel.com: Let’s talk about “The Cobbler” for a minute. What drew you to this role?
Method Man: Well, [writer and director] Tom [McCarthy] called me. I wasn’t working at the time. Tom called my people and showed interest in me for this role and I didn’t have to audition for it so I’m like “What? Hell yeah.” Went and met him down at a diner. We sat and chatted. I liked the guy off the top because I found out that he was the guy on “The Wire” the season I was on “The Wire” and he was the piece of [expletive[ reporter and I was the piece of [expletive] Cheese. So we kinda clicked off top. You know that “Wire” alumni, we’re like a big family.
Marvel.com: You mentioned “The Wire,” you were so great on that show. Do you enjoy acting? Do you like that better than hip hop or what?
Method Man: No absolutely not. But once I got the bug, which was way back when I got the bug, I ran with it. But music was always first with me. So that’s why my acting career kind of went stagnant for a minute because I wanted to focus on the music. Wu Tang projects, my own stuff, me and Redman and all other kinds of stuff to do so movies and television took a backseat. But I would still do projects here and there and people kind of gave me a good push like “you’re not that bad. You should continue on and keep it running. Take it more serious.” Alexa Fogel, that’s the casting director for a lot of the HBO shows, she’s incredible. She’s casted a lot of your favorite TV shows from “The Wire,” “The Corner,” “OZ,” “Band of Brothers”; you know, she’s dope. Alexa kept it a hundred and was like “Are you gonna be jumping your butt off on stage at 50 years old trying to rap?” And I was like “You’re absolutely right. I don’t want to do that.” “Well, you have some talent you might as well go full out with the acting.” And yeah, let’s do it. I’m here now. I’m available and I’m taking on some roles, baby. Don’t count me out. Just count me in.
Marvel.com: Why should Marvel fans go see “The Cobbler”?
Method Man: I’d say if you want a comedy that’s a little different from the rest of the comedies as far as story and character content and the mixture of characters, go see this movie. Also, because I’m in it; bottom line, my comic book reading brothers. It started for me with Marvel. My first book, my first official book that I read and understood and really had me intrigued, was X-Men. My father used to buy me little books from the stands in Grand Central Station like maybe Iron Man here and there. But a friend of mine broke his leg; his father bought him a bunch of books and the first one I read was X-Men when Magneto had all of them trapped in these gadgets that negated their powers. He had Cyclops in some type of machine where it had this thing around his head. He had Wolverine’s claws to his chest so if he shot his claws out he would kill himself. I just thought Magneto was the bottom line of super villains. I’d never seen anyone like that and when I saw Wolverine, my first time seeing Wolverine, my thought was “Where are these claws coming from? Do those come out his hands?” Cyclops was my favorite.
Marvel.com: What do you think of the curent MAGNETO book?
Method Man: I like it a lot. I love the way that it makes it look like he’s hunting mutant war criminals. They kind of took a take on the whole Holocaust thing and they didn’t do it in a tacky way. Because he’s still fighting with the notion that “Am I a monster the same as the monsters I’m chasing?” And him going through his mind about the things he’s done and the girl that just hooked up with him running with the people that were physically and mentally affected by Magneto when he was a bad guy or not really a bad guy depending on what color you look at it as because to the mutant populace, he was a savior at all times. But to the people that suffered from his shenanigans, I love the way they’re looking at that side of it, too. It’s just it makes me appreciate writing all the more instead of just looking at pictures.
Marvel.com: If you had the ability to write a certain character or run of a certain comic, what would it be and why?
Method Man: Oh, I gotta think about that. It would have to be a character I fully understand. I would go with Ghost Rider, man. Ghost Rider, yeah.
Method Man: Well, because I understand the ins and outs of that character and the battle between hell and earth. One of those stories, the way the book began it showed Ghost Rider escape Hell and they catch him every time and he’s been going through this I don’t know how long, centuries, I guess, trying to escape. One of my favorite books right there and that’s with the sheriff that got turned into a demon. He was a demon sheriff and he was just going around doing all kinds of crazy [expletive]. Ahhh! You got me cursing in front of my mother-in-law! I love that book.
Follow Method Man on Twitter @methodman and check out “The Cobbler” in select theaters.