It’s officially a new year and there are many things to get excited about, especially as it pertains to comic-book movies. So, I figured I would start off 2018 with a fancast list of female characters I’d love to see in the MCU. It’s an idea that’s been in my head for a while but with the impending Avengers: Infinity War and the changes to the MCU that will inevitably come with it and the untitled Avengers 4, coupled with the talk about having a female-led team in the MCU, I thought there’s no better time than the present to make this fancast.
While there are many female characters that I would love to see on the big screen, I settled on seven of my favourites because it’s my lucky (and soccer jersey) number. So, without further ado, check out my top seven choices below!
*Please note: You may want to avoid the last two characters in the fancast if you have not yet seen Thor: Ragnarok*
Gina Torres as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk
Making her debut appearance in Savage She-Hulk #1 back in 1980, Jennifer Walters has been a staple in Marvel Comics. She’s calm and collected, yet fierce and sassy while she’s in the courtroom, but much like her cousin Bruce – you might not like her when she is angry. Okay, so honestly – I would like to cast Gina Torres for many things (all things really) but I believe she would make the perfect Jennifer Walters. She’s proven on Suits that she most certainly knows her way around the courtroom, so she has the lawyer aspect on lock. However, where I believe she will also shine is putting Jennifer’s charisma and charm on display, and make easy handiwork of any foe that tries to get in her way.
Tatiana Maslany as Kate Bishop/Hawkeye
Kate Bishop made her comic debut in Young Avengers #1 back in 2005 and has been a favourite of many since. Now, I don’t know about you – but I am ready to see the mantle of Hawkeye passed from Clint Barton to Bishop. It’s been something I feel is coming in the MCU, especially with Infinity War on the way. But to be honest, the change can’t come soon enough (if you’re wondering why, check out our list of of Top 10 Marvel Comics from 2017), it’s time to have some potential new blood on the Avengers roster and Kate would be a great addition. I chose Tatiana Maslany for the role of Kate because if you’ve seen her in Orphan Black, you know she’s no stranger to kicking some a** when needed and she’s truly a chameleon. Maslany would certainly be able to adapt herself into the perfect Hawkeye.
Marsai Martin as Lunella Lafayette/Moon Girl
Lunella Lafayette made her Marvel debut in 2016 when Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 hit the shelves and she is was recently named the most intelligent hero within Marvel Comics. That alone should make her worthy of a spot on many of the teams throughout the Marvel Universe. In fact, some might be clamouring to have her join them as we speak. That being said, it would be great to see her portrayed in live-action on the big screen and my choice to play her is none other than Marsai Martin. One of the stars on the comedy, Black-ish, Marsai could most definitely pull off the comedic elements and quirkiness of Lunella with ease. Could you not just picture Marsai running down the streets of New York with a giant red T-Rex as Lunella?! I definitely can.
Melissa O’Neil as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman
Jessica Drew is the famed Spider-Woman. She made her first appearance back in 1977 in Marvel Spotlight #32. Much like Peter Parker, Jessica’s powers are an accident. After becoming ill from exposure to too much uranium, Jessica’s father, injected her with a serum he created that was made from the blood of uncommon species of spiders and then placed into genetic accelerator. Drew remained in stasis for decades, she finally awoke to find her parents had mysteriously disappeared and she now had abilities, unlike anyone else. My pick for the role is Melissa O’Neil. Most recently seen on the SyFy series, Dark Matter. Her character in Dark Matter is similar to Drew in many ways. For example, both must deal with new powers, new responsibilities and being a new hero. I can see O’Neil knocking the role of Jessica Drew out of the park.
Lovie Simone as Riri Williams/Iron Heart
Riri Williams was one of the most recent comic book characters revealed that I got excited about. Making her debut appearance in Invincible Iron Man vol. 2 #7 in 2016, she has been one of my favourites ever since. Riri has dealt with many hardships in her life, but despite it all she still thrives and shines brightly as one of the best heroes currently in Marvel Comics. My choice to play Riri is Lovie Simone. She is best known for her role as Zora in the OWN series, Greenleaf and while she is slightly older than Riri in the comics, I still think she’s a great choice for the role and could easily embody all of Iron Heart’s best attributes.
Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif/Mighty Thor
Alright, so you might be looking at the image above and be thinking “huh?”, or perhaps you just think I might be confused – but hear me out. Now, as Natalie Portman does not seem to be returning to the MCU at any point to reprise her role as Jane Foster and granted, I could have just recast the role of Jane Foster, I have opted not to. You see, my thinking is that if anything should happen to the MCU’s current Thor, who better than to take up the mantle than his trusted friend and warrior, Lady Sif?! She would definitely be worthy and it is not unlike Marvel Studios to change comic book canon or storylines to fit the MCU (Michelle as MJ or Hela being the daughter of Odin), so why stop now? Sif would make the perfect replacement for Thor, seeing as she was one of the only Asgardians not destroyed by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. In fact, she was missing in action for the film and this would be the perfect way to re-introduce Sif and also get female Thor in on the MCU action.
Rachel Nichols as Angela, Queen of Hel
Last but not least, I thought I would leave you all with an anti-hero (and possible villain because there’s surely not enough female villains in the MCU), here we have: Angela, Queen of Hel. With abilities consisting of immortality, flight, superhuman strength, speed, agility and a master of hand-to-hand combat, the lost sister of Thor would certainly pose a serious threat to many characters in the MCU. Raised in Heaven by Angels, but Asgardian by birth, Angela has one of the most interesting back stories which I think would be cool to see on the big screen. I chose Rachel Nichols to play Angela because from seeing her in Continuum, I know she’d have what it takes to play the part and give us the kick-a** Angela we all deserve.
And there you have it, my list of seven female characters I would like to see on the big screen in the MCU. I really hope that you enjoyed the fancast as much I enjoyed putting it together!
Please feel free to share your thoughts with me about the fancast choices in the comment section below!
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