Shaquille O’Neal laid down the gauntlet to Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel Studios when he told Entertainment Weekly he wants to beat up Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.

The NBA legend who also starred in the 1997 DC Comics movie Steel said, “I would love to be in one of the Avengers movies. I would like to kick Robert Downey Jr.’s ass.”

He might have to get in line. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson already threatened to not just beat up Tony Stark, but the entire Avengers!

Shaq reflected on his role as John Henry Irons aka the DC Comics superhero Steel, “It was an awesome opportunity. However, I’d like to redo it and get some of these 2018 special effects.”

As for possible Marvel villain roles that would allow him to beat up Iron Man, Shaq didn’t relate any to EW. However, Marvel has a plethora of galactic and supernatural villains they haven’t even touched yet. With Shaq’s humor he could definitely fit into the Marvel Cosmic movie world. A villain like Kang the Conqueror could work. I could even see Shaq doing some voice work if Marvel ever wants to introduce M.O.D.O.K. But maybe the most intriguing could be Shaq as a Skrull.

Just think about it. Captain Marvel is supposed to introduce us to Skrulls and the film is set in the ’90s. Shaq could be one of the Skrulls. What better way to infiltrate the world than take over one of the biggest NBA stars of the decade? The Skrulls would want to take over positions of power not only in government and the military, but in entertainment and the media as well. Shaq could be a perfect fit as a Skrull. You could even get a scene where Tony Stark is attending a basketball game and begins heckling the crap out of Shaq. It would be a perfect opportunity to set up some animosity and give Shaq a chance to beat down Tony Stark afterwards!

Do you want to see Shaquille O’Neal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Which characters do you think would be a good fit?