This Is How Jay And Silent Bob Could Join The MCU
Jay and Silent Bob are coming back to spoof comic book movies, Hollywood, and more once again in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. But what if Jason Mewes' and Kevin Smith's iconic stoner duo did more than just smoke herb and spoof superheroes? What if they actually went out and joined the superheroes' world?
It's not as strange as it might sound. Kevin Smith has directed and appeared on episodes of the CW's Arrowverse franchise, and Mewes has made appearances on the shows as well. The duo have also long lent their likenesses to the Red Bank, New Jersey comic book store Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, owned by Smith since the late '90s. You may recognize it as the setting of AMC's Comic Book Men, also developed and produced by Smith.
Long before the Arrowverse or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Smith's own View Askewniverse beat Marvel Studios to the shared universe concept by an entire decade, with Jay and Silent Bob being the main thread tying together many different movies. Smith's films have even had comic book tie-ins, and Jay and Silent Bob have in-universe comic book alter egos: Bluntman and Chronic, both of whom are making a return in the story of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.
So, Jay and Silent Bob have comic book bona fides, that's been long established. But what would it look like if Bluntman and Chronic joined a slightly more serious superhero universe? What if they suddenly jumped from the Askewniverse to something a little more fantastical?
We spoke with Jason Mewes about that possibility during promotion for his new movie and directorial debut, Madness in the Method. During our chat, we got to talking about the sweeping next phase of the MCU, which will include the animated Disney+ series What If…?, a take on the classic series of speculative Marvel comic books.
Considering that Marvel Comics has in the past crossed over with the likes of Star Trek, Transformers, and Ash from Evil Dead, it's not such a weird thing to wonder: what if Jay and Silent Bob went out and joined the MCU?
If anyone knows the answer, it's Jason Mewes, a lifelong comic book fan. And while he may be sober these days, he knows his on-screen stoner character inside and out.
Mewes imagined the characters' origin story as being something straight out of Batman Begins, which is DC-branded, sure, but we don't think anyone's going to sue.
In other words, move over, Moon Knight. This dynamic duo would make for a much more amusing take on Batman-style crime-fighting. Maybe they can cross over at the same time as Deadpool.
Of course, there's more than one way to join the MCU. Technically speaking, Mewes already exists in the Marvel movie world, as do Jay and Silent Bob.
That's all thanks to the late Stan Lee, who made one of his last on-screen appearances in 2019's Captain Marvel.
Set in the 1990s, the movie shows Lee reading the script for Kevin Smith's Mallrats while sitting on a train, memorizing his lines out loud to himself.
Lee also previously made a cameo appearance in that movie, Smith's second, featured in the cast alongside Jay and Silent Bob.
But enough of this in-universe speculation, let's just get direct about it. Jason Mewes is a working actor, so are there any comic book characters out there he'd want to play? The answer is, well, yes, not that he would necessarily accept the offer to play them.
Mewes appears to feel this way in general, not seeming to want to join in on the things he enjoys experiencing as a fan.
He probably means "Foggy Nelson," but give the guy some credit: "Froggy Nelson" is a real character, so long as you're reading about Deerdevil, and not Daredevil.
He doesn't just talk the talk on this topic, either. This is more or less exactly what he's done on the Arrowverse series The Flash, on which he's played two characters: "Humvee Guy" and "Jay the Security Guard."
So, while you might not see Mewes headlining a superhero show on DC Universe or Disney+, you can definitely catch him making hay on his home turf as Jay and his alter ego: the OG Chronic.
You can see Jay and Silent Bob team up again in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot's touring roadshow, kicking off on October 15. And you can also check out Mewes' reunion with Stan Lee in Madness in the Method.
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