In a perfect world, Lupita Nyong’o would be playing THIS character in Black Panther

05.13.16 1 year ago

In very pleasing news for comic and movie fans, it was recently revealed that Lupita Nyong'o is in talks to join Chadwick Boseman in Marvel's upcoming Black Panther movie.

With Creed helmer Ryan Coogler set to direct the film and Boseman's debut as the character in Captain America: Civil War, this is shaping up to be one of Marvel's most exciting projects to date. 

There's been a great deal of talk about who Nyong'o might play, as it's reported that she will serve as T'Challa's love interest in the film.

As Hitfix's own Emily Rome points out, Monica Lynne is a comic-based love interest of Black Panther's, but she's a non-super character and if you've got Lupita Nyong'o, you're going to want her to play a someone who can get into a suit at some point. 

Many Marvel comics fans have already fanficed a Nyong'o turn as The X-Men's Storm. She would be incredible, but alas, it is likely not to be. 20th Century Fox owns the rights to all of the X-Men, including Storm, and Alexandra Shipp has taken on the character in their cinematic universe beginning with X-Men: Apocalypse

Other options are that she may play a member of the Dora Milaje, Black Panther's female bodyguards. There is one outlier possibility, though. Birth.Movies.Death points to the character Monica Rambeau as one option. Rambeau was originally a version of Captain Marvel, but was later known as Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum.

We know that a Captain Marvel movie is scheduled for March 18, 2019. Recent reports indicate that the character will first appear in Infinity War: Part I, though, leading many to speculate that Marvel has already cast, or is in the process of locking down, their Captain Marvel.

Though there have been various versions of the character through the years, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige revealed that the film would indeed focus on Carol Danvers' journey to become Captain Marvel in a recent interview with Fandango. Danvers is the traditional version of Captain Marvel, and the one many expect to see on the big screen.

It's unlikely that Marvel Studios would introduce two separate versions of Captain Marvel to a general public, but that doesn't preclude the introduction of Rambeau under one of her other monikers. 

An even more intriguing possibility is Nyong'o as Carol Danvers herself. Yes, this would mean a racial shift for the character. Frankly, so what? Nyong'o is one of the great talents working today. She is stunning, already in the Disney family with both Star Wars (the actress plays Maz Kanada) and The Jungle Book under her belt. She's established enough to make the casting exciting to a larger audience, but on the rise enough to make it possible for Marvel to lock her down for the standard 9 film commitment.

Captain Marvel marks the introduction of Marvel's first female outing. She is a character who will play a large role in this universe in the years to come. Nyong'o would make an excellent choice.

In the video above and below, Drew McWeeny and Roth Cornet talk about Nyong'o's entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the character they'd like to see her play.

Take a look and let us know what you think here or on Twitter.

Drew: @DrewAtHitfix

Roth: @RothCornet

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