Jenna Ortega caught the attention of viewers like Wednesday Addams on the Tim Burton netflix series, Wednesday. Fans appreciated his commitment to the role, embracing Wednesday’s eccentricities, dark palette and outward energy. Wanting to see more of her, fans immediately started speculating what role they’d like to see her play in the MCU.
As a young Disney Channel star and most recently scream queen, Ortega has already held many roles, including a small one in the MCU. Ortega appeared in 2013 iron man 3 as Vice President Rodriguez (Michael Ferrier) the girl. There are, however, more interesting and substantial Marvel characters she could play, and future phases of the MCU could see her slip into something more worthy of her talent.
Alison Blaire, aka Dazzler, is a mutant with the ability to convert sound into beams of light and energy. She is a reluctant superhero and prefers to spin as a pop star with a better than average laser and light show. However, she eventually joins the X-Men and learns to embrace and hone her powers.
Dazzler was nearly teased in 2016 X-Men: Apocalypse when Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Jean Gray (Sophie Turner) found his new album at a record store. Unfortunately, this deleted scene can only be seen in the DVD extras. Dazzler made their live debut in 2019 dark phoenix in a cameo appearance, occurring in the woods when Professor X cancels class. Cameron Crowe has expressed interest in making a Dazzler movie for the MCU with names including Taylor Swift and Doua Lipa suggested, but Jenna Ortega has an undeniable stage presence and would really do her cheeky, feminist persona justice.
Angelica Jones, aka Firestar, has a fun character arc, going from shy and insecure to strong and confident as she develops her powers, which include the ability to fabricate and manipulate microwave radiation, which which allows him to fly and create fire. As a unique member of both the X-Men and the Avengers, Firestar seems like a good fit for a mutant to be introduced to the MCU.
As Angelica begins her superhero journey as a high schooler and girlfriend of Peter Parker, Jenna Ortega seems well-placed to play the part. There is, however, speculation that Firestar may already be hiding in plain sight in the MCU. The rumors were fueled when ZendayaIt was revealed that MJ was not an iteration of Mary Jane, but Michelle Jones, possibly even Michelle Angelica Jones. Time will tell which way the MCU spins it.
Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird and sometimes Huntress, is a Ph.D., Agent 19 of SHIELD, an Avenger and powerful superhero with superhuman strength, accelerated healing, stunted aging, and formidable combat, spy and sniper skills. She is also the ex-wife of Clint Barton/Hawkeye.
Mockingbird was performed by Adrian Palicki in the MCU-adjacent Agents of SHIELD. More recently, the Disney+ series Hawk Eye seemed to confirm that Laura, Clint’s wife (Linda Cardellini) was an agent of SHIELD and possibly even Mockingbird herself, retired or undercover. But with the old guard passing the torch to the younger Avengers, Jenna Ortega certainly has the chops to play one of Marvel’s most powerful heroines.
Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, is a proud mutant X-Man who can control magnetism just like his biological father, Magneto, with powers strong enough to disrupt Earth’s magnetic field and banish the mutant island Krakoa to deep space. . She has a long-standing romantic entanglement with her teammate Havok and mental health issues stemming from being one of the few survivors of the Genosha Massacre.
Emma Dumont skillfully portrayed Polaris on the TV show the gifted, although it has no connection to the MCU. Polaris is a complicated and multi-faceted character, deserving and needing a strong actress to introduce her to the MCU family. Jenna Ortega has already shown herself capable of nuanced performances and would bring some much-needed empathy to the role.
Dr. Karla Sofen, aka Moonstone, is a former psychologist who gained her powers through fusing with a gravity stone engineered by the alien Kree. Moonstone can fly, generate blasts of light and photons, control gravity, and more. A selfish master manipulator after personal power and status, Moonstone has been a staple of both the Thunderbolts and the Dark Avengers.
Moonstone is one of Marvel’s fiercest supervillains, a frequent and worthy opponent of Captain Marvel. There seems to be ample opportunity to introduce Moonstone, even in Phase 5, and she demands to be portrayed by a badass actress like Jenna Ortega who can handle both her ruthlessness and skill.
Gwendolyn Poole, aka Gwenpool or Pink Slayer, is a real-world girl transported to the Marvel Universe and re-enacted as a mutant. she is aware of the fourth wall and knows she is in a comic book because she comes from a world in which comic books exist. Its design mixes Gwen Stacy and Wade Wilson/Deadpool. As a former Marvel superfan, she uses her vast knowledge of the Marvel Universe, comic book tropes, and the fourth wall to manipulate reality.
Gwenpool is a carefree, instantly iconic and fan-favorite fangirl. She may not be an easy addition to the MCU, but she would be fun and worth it. There may be crossover potential between Sony’s Spider-Man universe and the MCU via Tom Hardyis Eddie Brock/Venom. This would clearly require an actress versatile enough to conquer the character’s meta angles, and Ortega seems set to go full throttle.
Doreen Allene Green, aka Squirrel Girl, is not a mutant but a college student with a genetic abnormality that resulted in a prehensile tail, claws, retractable knuckle spikes, and the ability to talk to squirrels. He’s a light-hearted character often used to satirize comic book tropes, including his undefeated status against high-ranking villains like Doctor Doom and Thanos achieved by befriending them to change their lives, and his belonging to the Great Lakes Avengers, made up of well-meaning and enthusiastic heroes with useless abilities.
Squirrel Girl is in the great tradition of Marvel comic characters, like Howard the Duck and Spider-Ham. Jenna Ortega hasn’t been shy about taking on goofy and quirky characters, and there’s no doubt she could make the most of a fun and beloved character.
Megan Gwynn, aka Pixie, is a hybrid of human and fairy mutant, giving her both superhuman abilities and supernatural powers. She has wings that allow her to fly, pixie dust that causes hallucinations, and a souldagger that can disrupt magic.
Pixie casts a massive magical teleportation spell that proves invaluable to the X-Men in various ventures, a skill easily transferable to any number of superhero missions. The MCU has plenty of room for strong female heroes, and it needs equally compelling actors like Jenna Ortega to play them. Ortega has the unique ability to portray a deadly character while looking adorable and upbeat. Pixie would be an exciting addition to the MCU and few are as qualified or compelling as Ortega to portray her.
Lilith, daughter of Dracula, is a vampire, but unlike other vampires in Marvel’s line of monsters, she is immune to sunlight and does not depend on blood consumption to survive. She is unable to kill Dracula but cursed to oppose him until the day he is destroyed. She can command many animals, as well as transform into a wolf, bat, or mist.
A beautiful, dark-haired woman with a tight black suit, Lilith has great energy on Wednesday and looks an easy side move for Ortega. As a magical demon, seen as both a witch and a goddess, Ortega would go well alongside Scarlet Witch, Blade, or even in a standalone story like night werewolf.
Angela del Toro, aka White Tiger, is the fourth person to wear the White Tiger mantle in the Marvel Universe. She is the niece of Hector and Ava Ayala; she derives her powers from the Jade Tiger amulets she inherited. As an FBI agent, Del Toro is an expert marksman and excellent investigator. As White Tiger, she has superhuman physical attributes and can camouflage herself.
Frequently partnered with Daredevil and Iron Fist, it seems like the MCU has a natural place to insert White Tiger. As a Puerto Rican, Hector Ayala was the first main Latinx character in American comics history. With herself of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent, Jenna Ortega’s portrayal would be a big moment for representation in the MCU.
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