Reportedly, Marvel Studio is planning to debut a non-comic book Avenger into the MCU. Expectantly she will debut in Spider-Man 3
It is the season of scoops and leaks and the rumours. As the world get back some sense of normalcy and Hollywood plans to resume productions, fans are waiting for any Marvel news with baited breath.
MCU Phase 4 set to introduce new characters since the ranks of the Avengers need to be filled post Infinity Saga. Disney+ series like Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Ms Marvel are set to debut new heroes. While, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandVision, Loki will take ahead the story arcs and characters we are familiar with.
Now the rumour is Marvel Studios might be planning to introduce a new Mutant character into the MCU. Marvel scooper Daniel Richtman recently revealed Marvel’s intention to debut Firestar aka Angelica Jones into the MCU. Richtman spilled the beans on Patreon saying, “There is a plan to introduce Firestar into the MCU.” Though he didn’t mention any further details about the kind of production.
Given MCU has expanded into the Disney+ series and everything is interconnected with the movies. Richtman did not mention whether it will be a series or movie or whether the character will debut in a standalone project or will be part of the ensemble cast.
Who is Firestar or Angelica Jones
Marvel’s Firestar isn’t an original comic book character. She originally debuts in NBC’s Marvel cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. The show premiered in1981. Her comic book debut came later in the same year in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends #1.
She was famous for her notable team up with fan favourite Spider-Man and Ice Man. In 1985 she got a proper introduction as a mutant in Uncanny X-Men #193. Angelica Jones got her own run in 1986 and became the founding member of New Warriors.
Watch: Origins of Firestar
While she is still young, the full extent of Angelica’s powers is yet to be discovered. She displays the ability to manipulate microwave energy. She absorbs the electromagnetic energy from the Earth and can mould it to create microwave energy for any purpose like taking a flight. On occasions, she has also displayed the ability to disrupt psionic powers of other mutants like Emma Frost and Darkling.
In the comic, she retired after the events of the House of M when Wanda wipes off most of the mutants from Earth. Though she befriends Black Cat and Spectrum during this time. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Doctor Strange too examined her.
Plausibility of the Rumour
Given, Firestar’s association with various existing Marvel characters like Avengers, Doctor Strange, Wanda and Spider-Man it’s widely being speculated that she might debut in Spider-Man 3. Another character Spectrum aka Monica Rambeau is debuting soon in the MCU with WandaVision Disney+ series.
Another fan theory suggests that Zendaya’s MJ in the Spider-Man franchise could be a mutant. Since MCU never revealed her real name in the franchise some fans believe that her name Michelle Jones (MJ) is a combination of Spider-Man’s Mary Jane and Anjelica Jones.
If it is anything to go by, fans would be in for a huge surprise. As this is not only a backdoor entry for a mutant in the MCU but a way forward for X-Men too.
In the comic Firestar and Marvel Boy aka Justice had a romantic storyline while they were part of the Avengers. And who would not want to see Peter Parker and MJ’s romance roll out like that into the MCU?
Perhaps, Peter Parker might be able to guide MJ with her powers since he has some superhero experience now.
So, it looks like the character fits the phase 4 and 5 line up. Also, Firestar can be the first mutant in the MCU — a good way for the studio to introduce the concept while staying away from the shadows of the X-Men.
Nonetheless, as exciting as the character arc and Firestar’s debut sounds we need to take these rumours with a pinch of salt.