A gifted child actor with limitless range and incalculable charisma is the proverbial Holy Grail in cinema. Think Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional and Winona Ryder in Heathers. Actors destined for the screen, with a bright future ahead of them. That’s Millie Bobby Brown in a gist. Playing the enigmatic Eleven, a tortured young telekinetic, in Netflix’s hit 80s tribute Stranger Things catapulted the 17-year-old to super-stardom. For an actress of Brown’s caliber, the world is literally her oyster. With superheroes uniformly gracing screens the world over, Millie Bobby Brown was recently asked which universe she’d rather inhabit: DC or Marvel. The initial reaction was a stalemate, but according to celebrity insider Daniel Richtman, Brown has finally made her choice. The Marbella-born actress is still mulling her options over, but is generally rumored to have gone for Marvel.
A wise choice, if ever, given the wealth of roles she could breathe life into. Millie Bobby Brown is in her late teens, and would be a sure fit as a Young Avenger, an ally of Peter Parker’s, or a founding member of the X-Men. With most of the original Avengers either dead or permanently out-of-commission, the young men and women across the pages of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have boldly adapted and risen to the challenge.
There are so many new young characters for Millie Bobby Brown to join. Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) is taking over her mentor, Hawkeye’s mantle in the upcoming Disney+ series. Scarlet Witch’s children Wiccan (Julian Hilliard) and Speed (Jett Klyne) stole hearts as the first natural-born mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) will be the new Black Panther. Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) is now a game-obsessed, snarky teenager. Fanfiction writer slash superhero Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) and MIT genius Riri Williams/Ironheart (Dominique Thorne) have already been green-lit to appear in their own TV shows.
And of course, Peter Parker as our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Tom Holland) proudly leads the pack front and center, with Ned Leeds’s Hobgoblin (Jacob Batalon) and — likely — Cindy Moon/Silk (Tiffany Espensen) cast long ago. Not only that, Miles Morales, through his uncle Aaron Davis/The Prowler (Donald Glover), is already being set up to appear in a future installment.
The age of superheroes has ended only to pave the way for legions of new talent. Millie Bobby Brown is no stranger to playing superpowered characters and would be an excellent addition to an already growing cast of young heroes.
Millie Bobby Brown made her blockbuster debut playing Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga’s onscreen daughter Madison in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. She reprised the role in this year’s box office megahit Godzilla vs Kong, where she was also last seen. Brown is also beloved for playing the lesser-known (but infinitely more charming) Holmes sibling, Enola, in the Netflix film of the same name, co-starring Henry Cavill as Sherlock, Sam Claflin as Mycroft, and Helena Bonham Carter as the trio’s reclusive mother. Enola Holmes premiered worldwide only last year.
Millie Bobby Brown is scheduled to appear in Netflix’s budding fantasy adventure franchise Damsel as the titular princess, the film adaptation of Tess Sharpe’s young adult novel The Girls I’ve Been as main character Nora O’Malley, and the live-action version of Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish as seventh-grader Suzy. All three movies are currently in pre-production, so it may be a while before she gets around to joining Marvel.