Amber Heard continues to be the focus of much speculation and rumor right now. With her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, being replaced on Fantastic Beasts 3, the actress is finding herself at the center of a lot of rumors regarding her future. And a new rumor says that she could be jumping ship from DC to Marvel.
According to scooper Daniel Richtman (via We Got This Covered), Amber Heard has had talks with Marvel Studios in regards to playing the role of Sue Storm, the matriarch of the Fantastic Four superhero group. The property was acquired by Disney when they merged with Fox and fans are eagerly awaiting their integration into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is very likely that whoever ends up playing Marvel’s First Family will be vital players in the next big stage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So, if this rumor about Amber Heard pursuing the role of Sue Storm is true, it sounds like she is attempting to cement herself in another major superhero franchise. She is already cast as Mera in the DC Extended Universe and is set to return in Aquaman 2. There has been some speculation about her future with Warner Bros./DC, but the actress and studio have both refuted claims that they are leaving the franchise. Still, securing a role like Sue Storm in the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems like a very good shot at job security.
However, it is worth noting that there are other rumors abounding regarding Amber Heard. One of the most astounding of those has to be the possibility that she could find herself starring in the next Pirates of the Caribbean film. It seems like the fervor regarding Heard has caused a cavalcade of rumors to pop up. Granted, Daniel Richtman claims that talks between Heard and Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige did take place. If this is the case, it sounds like Heard made some measure of progress in gunning for the role of Sue Storm.
There is a little bit worth picking apart here though. Amber Heard is currently embroiled in a nasty legal battle with her ex-husband Johnny Depp. The tribulations between the two have remained extremely public and it does not look like there will be any de-escalation of the public’s interest in their issues. Would Marvel Studios want to roll the dice on casting Heard if it means they could open themselves up to negative press down the line? Though Marvel Studios has dealt with recasting before, they clearly prefer to stick with the same actors as much as they can so their appearance of continuity remains intact.
It seems like the risk of casting Amber Heard outweighs the possible reward. If Marvel Studios hired her to be Sue Storm and the public narrative around her became extremely negative, it would put them in a real bind. Granted, that could very well not happen but it is a contingency that Marvel Studios would have to consider. In all honesty, it just seems like the best move would be to cast someone who wouldn’t be walking into the production with such a liability attached to them.
But, we don’t know how far off the reveal of the Fantastic Four is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If Marvel Studios is still planning to sit on them for a while, it could be enough time for Amber Heard to be back in the public’s good graces. It is even possible that having her join the Marvel Cinematic Universe could be seen as an empowering narrative for her after the issues she has dealt with in the public eye. On the other hand, it could also end up alienating a lot of fans who are deadset against Heard in anything.
It will be very interesting to follow this story and Amber Heard’s career in general. As of now, she is still set for Aquaman 2, but her future in the world of DC superheroes after that is seemingly unknown. If she did end up hopping over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would definitely be a major talking point for fans. We will simply have to wait and see what is going to happen with Amber Heard and her superhero roles.