Back in October last year, the Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead actor, Ryan Hurst, had expressed his interest in playing the role of Sentry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Since then, fans have been praising for Ryan Hurst to officially obtain the role of the powerful Marvel character. Many of his fans have also already begun to manifest and form a campaign in hopes that it would grab some attention from Disney and Marvel Studios. You can check out where it all started with Ryan Hurst’s original Instagram post below.
“Alright. Okay. Yeah. I’m very often asked if I would like to play a character from a comic book? Yes. Who? I didn’t know for a while. Such a fan of so many, but yeah. Dude with troubled past, superpowers equal/greater to SUPERMAN and Thor combined…and talks to dogs. I’m putting this out there. This dude. I’d like to play. Do your thing Insta.”
Over the course of the next few months since his initial Instagram post above, Ryan Hurst had been trending all over the internet, and across several social media platforms. As the actor continues to make more posts about his interest in playing Sentry through his personal social media accounts, many of his fans have decided that now is the time for Marvel Studios to make this a possibility. Some Ryan Hurst fans have also created some of their very own fan art, creating of what the actor could look like as Sentry. You can take a look at some of these epic Ryan Hurst/Sentry fan arts below.
As the Paradise City actor has been quite vocal about his desire to be part of the MCU, he actually isn’t the only actor to “shoot their shot” at superhero roles. Back in 2013, Simu Liu, who starred in last year’s Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, tweeted back in 2014, “Hey, [Marvel], great job with Cpt America and Thor. Now how about an Asian American hero?” Similarly, Eternals star Barry Keoghan tweeted, “Stan Lee, Please Make me a SuperHero.” Ryan Hurst is no stranger when it comes to roles of mighty and powerful characters, as he is taking on the role as Thor in the upcoming God of War: Ragnarök video game.
Everything You Should Know About Marvel’s Sentry
The Sentry made his first appearance in the Marvel Comics in The Sentry #1 in September 2000. The character was created by Paul Jenkins, Rick Veitch, and Jae Lee. In the late 1990s, Paul Jenkins and Rick Veitch developed the idea of “an over the hill guy, struggling with an addiction, who had a tight relationship with his dog”. Paul Jenkins thought of the character as “a guardian type, with a watchtower,” and also came up with the name “Sentry” after previously considering naming the superhero “Centurion”. After years of development, the character was finally introduced into the Marvel Universe.
In Marvel Comics, Canada’s Department K along with remnants of the United States’ Operation: Rebirth pooled their resources to become Project: Sentry in the year of 1947. The project was an attempt to not only recreate the Super Soldier Serum (originally used by Captain America), but to also magnify its effects one hundred thousand times over. In the following thirty years since its initial development, Project: Sentry had been divided into nearly a thousand isolated subprojects, with the lab work being studied by private contractors. As another ten years went by, Robert “Bob” Reynolds, who was a meth addict at the time, broke into one of the laboratories where he then discovered the Golden Sentry Serum all for himself. Once he had consumed the serum, Robert Reynolds gained the power of a million exploding suns.
Although the Sentry’s exact abilities and their limits are currently unknown, the character has shown portions of his powers which consists of super strength, superhuman senses, flight, regeneration, immortality, energy manipulation, telekinesis, super speed, mind control, invisibility, and many others he had performed in the Marvel Comics. The Sentry generally holds back his powers, greatly restraining his full might. There is also an entity as a dark side effect of his abilities known as the Void. It has been speculated that for every benevolent act that the Sentry performs, the Void corresponds with attempting an act of malevolence. The Void exhibits more of a demonic form, capable of killing Thor while destroying the entire city of Asgard.
With Marvel Studios having yet to introduce the Sentry into the MCU, many fans are now hoping that Ryan Hurst will get to take on the role in a future project. While there also has been no other announcements or indications that the Sentry will be making his first appearance anytime soon, Ryan Hurst’s fans are still going strong in their campaign, so that Marvel Studios would seriously look into it. Whether it’s good or bad news for the people crossing their fingers for Ryan Hurst, it will only be a matter of time until some sort of details are revealed for the Marvel character. What are your thoughts about Ryan Hurst playing the all-powerful Sentry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Do you think the character should make his first appearance in the MCU soon?
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