Could Marvel’s X-Men Be Next for Joker & Deadpool Star Zazie Beetz?

Zazie Beetz has already found great success by appearing in two highly-successful comic book movies, and now she has her sights set on being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Previously, Beetz had auditioned for the role of Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse before the part went to Alexandra Shipp. With the X-Men franchise as we know it now dead in the water, Marvel Studios is planning to introduce Professor X’s gang of super-mutants in the MCU at some point in the future.

When asked directly if she would be interested in playing Storm in the MCU after missing out on the opportunity before, Zazie Beetz makes it clear she would be on board.

“Yeah, I think I would be down. I guess obviously it depends on the script and it depends on if I think it’s a good script. I think it would be super fun to do that. Storm also essentially is such an iconic character. I mean it would be kind of big shoes to fill, I think. I wouldn’t want to confuse audiences too much and be all over the place and now I’m doing DC as well. I think it would be super fun. I think it would be a dope opportunity.”

Beetz may have been passed over for Storm, though she still found her place in a prominent comic book adaptation soon enough. In 2018, she co-starred with Ryan Reynolds when she appeared as Domino in Deadpool 2. Domino is directly inspired by the Marvel Comics character of the same name, who’s known for her superb marksmanship and possesses the mutant ability to manipulate luck. The movie found tremendous success by raking in $785 million in global ticket sales, which, at the time, made Deadpool 2 the highest-grossing R-rated movie in history. That record would be broken just recently with the worldwide financial success of the DC-based movie Joker, which, oddly enough, also stars Beetz in a major role.

Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker serves as an origin story for the legendary Batman adversary seen in DC Comics. This version of the Clown Prince of Crime’s backstory depicts him as Arthur Fleck, a clown for hire with big dreams of becoming a successful stand-up comedian. In the movie, Zazie Beetz plays his neighbor Sophie, and the two begin dating after meeting in an elevator. After the true nature of their relationship is made clear, the Sophie character’s fate is left ambiguous, though Phillips has since revealed exactly what happened to her after her final scene in the movie. As Joker nears a billion dollars in global ticket sales, it has now become the most profitable comic book adaptation ever made.

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Storm has been featured prominently in nearly every adaptation of X-Men across its various mediums, such as animated programs and video games. She has also appeared in six live-action X-Men movies, with Halle Berry playing her in four separate installments of the franchise. As noted above, Alexandra Shipp played the younger version of the character when she was introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse and reprised the role in Dark Phoenix. When the X-Men eventually make their way into the MCU, it seems very likely Storm will be a part of the group, and we’ll then have our third actress to play the comic book character on the big screen.

Beetz can still be seen on the big screen as Joker continues to play in theaters across the world. Whether or not Beetz makes it to the MCU as Storm or any other Marvel characters, she can certainly still be proud to be such an important part of the two highest-grossing R-rated movies of all time. In any case, you’ll get no arguments here that she would make an awesome Storm. This information comes to us from Screen Geek.

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