With the X-Men set to (hopefully) enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the next couple of years and phases, fans can’t help but wonder how this whole thing will shake out. Will we see a full recasting? Will the Multiverse bring back all of the original characters in some form or fashion? It will be fascinating to see how it all plays out. One former X-Men movie star definitely has ideas on how she’d like to see a particular character recast, and she would know considering she had this specific role in the past. Alexandra Shipp spoke with ComicBookMovie (via ComicBook.com) and weighed in on the change she would like to see for Ororo Munroe/ Storm in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward.
While speaking with the publication, Shipp gave thoughts about the future of Storm in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and, from her experience with the comic book character, what she would appreciate seeing. Considering how the first couple of iterations of the X-Men franchise played out, this would definitely be divergent from the previous casting. Shipp said, “In the future, I think I’d like to see a woman of darker complexion play Storm…The little girl in me would really like to see that.”
In the original comic books, Storm is born Ororo Munroe whose mother was from Kenya while her father hailed from New York City. When Shipp first played the role it was back in 2019s Dark Phoenix which was the fourth in the run of prequel films. Her version of Storm didn’t come until later on in this storyline and had a much smaller role than in the first run of movies. In that version of the franchise, Storm was played by Halle Berry who starred in all three. It would make sense that if/ when we see Storm in the MCU that the studio would try to distance themselves from those versions if they were looking to totally reset the character.
And therein lies the big question for the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it comes to the X-Men. How will the studio choose to deal with these characters in upcoming phases? With the Multiverse really anything is possible and we already know that at least one of them is coming back into the mix. Patrick Stewart is set to reprise his role as Professor Charles Xavier in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which is due out this May. There is word that he will be back for at least one more turn as the character as well.
As for the other X-Men? That’s anyone’s guess. And because of the Multiverse, even if/ when we get actors or actresses reprising previous roles it doesn’t mean they will be there for the long haul either. Marvel could easily close loops with some of the icons of the past while opening up new stories for a whole new group of mutants.
That’s the gift the Multiverse provides, the ability to have some comic book cake and eat it too. So we are likely to see a recasting of Storm at some point. We’ll see if it is along the lines of what Shipp envisions for the character. More word on plans for the X-Men is likely to come out over the course of this year.