Smallville, a popular TV show that aired from 2001 to 2011, played a significant role in shaping the superhero genre. It paved the way for the success of franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Recently, fan art emerged featuring Smallville actors, such as Tom Welling, in roles as MCU heroes, sparking speculation on whether Welling will join either franchise in the future. While his involvement in either universe is uncertain, fans can enjoy his Smallville legacy through streaming or physical copies while waiting for potential future projects.
Smallville Stars Reunite, with Tom Welling as Superman
The MCU launched in 2008, during a time when the superhero genre was not as dominant as it is today. Smallville was also nearing its conclusion around the same time, and although it focused on DC’s characters, it had a unique take on them. Smallville’s influence on the superhero genre is important to note, especially considering there was no DC cinematic universe at the time and the grand success of the MCU had yet to be realized.
Buffy2Ville, an Instagram account, recently shared fan art that depicted Smallville actors as MCU heroes they could have played if they hadn’t been cast in their respective DC roles. The artwork featured Tom Welling as Captain America, Michael Rosenbaum as Iron Man, Erica Durance as Black Widow, Kristin Kreuk as Scarlet Witch, and Justin Hartley as Hawkeye.
The question of whether Tom Welling will join the DC Universe or the MCU remains unanswered. While Welling portrayed Clark Kent/Superman for a decade, it is not uncommon for superhero actors to return to the genre in some capacity. Welling and Erica Durance reprised their Smallville roles in the Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event in 2019, nearly a decade after the original show ended.
If Welling were to join the DC Universe, he could potentially take on a supporting role rather than playing another superhero. It would be interesting to see him in a film like “Superman: Legacy,” where he could become a legacy actor as another actor takes on the role of Superman.
On the other hand, joining the MCU would offer Welling the opportunity to be part of a different superhero franchise and explore new roles. However, it is uncertain whether Welling will join either universe, especially considering the current industry strikes that have put Hollywood on pause.
While fans await any potential future projects involving Welling, they can relive his Smallville legacy through streaming platforms or by owning physical copies of the show. Until more information is available, fans can enjoy imagining what it would be like to see Welling in either the DC Universe or the MCU, continuing his contribution to the superhero genre.