MCU fan-cast: Charlize Theron as Ororo Munroe/Storm
I’m sure she has her fans, but for me, Halle Berry never really captured the character of Storm. It’s not entirely her fault; however much the actress was miscast, the character suffered from the X-Men movies’ Notbeingplayedbyhughjackman Syndrome, a common malady. And instead of being defined by her warmth, her elegance, her power, or her regal nature, Storm ended up literally an angry black woman.
Recasting the character, you want a complete break and paradigm shift from what is, after four movies, unmistakably a failed character. Instead of a flaccid ‘leadership role’ that looks a lot like playing second banana to Wolverine, let’s emphasize the character’s strength, her beauty, her assertiveness, her regal nature. You can do all these things, even without making the character the grand leader–look at Thor or Black Widow in The Avengers, who take orders from Captain America while remaining effortlessly cool and badass. But, in deference to the character’s importance, I don’t want an unknown or some TV actress playing her. I want a genuine A-list Oscar winner backing the character, making audiences sit up and take notice from frame one.
Charlize Theron has been game for a number of weird, small genre roles. Even when the end result let her down, like with Aeon Flux, Snow White & The Huntsman, Prometheus, A Million Ways To Die In The West, et al, I think she still deserves kudos for putting herself out there, and with the right part + good writing backing her up, I think she could be as downright iconic as she was playing Furiosa (and she shaved her head for that role, so we are halfway to mohawk!).
And unlike some other Ororo Munroes, she’s from Africa. I’m sorry, I hate to get all ‘politically correct,’ but when you have a character that was born in Africa and married an African monarch, maybe we should cast an African. I might be the only one who feels this way, but representation matters, and Africans deserve to see themselves on-screen.