Can Zendaya Become a Marvel Superhero? Fans Want ‘Spider-Man’ Love Interest MJ to Be Ironheart in the MCU


Will probably be no less than one other 12 months earlier than we see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Zendaya’s MJ on display screen within the third MCU standalone Spider-Man film. That being the case, followers are busy fantasy-casting MJ to do one thing along with being Peter Parker’s snarky squeeze. 

Some followers suppose MJ would make a great Ironheart, who within the comics was type of a junior feminine Ironheart. Because the earlier MCU Spider-Man films had performed up a connection between Tony Stark and Peter Parker, why not make MJ a hero all on her personal?

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Who’s Ironheart?

Ironheart is a comparatively latest creation, having first appeared within the comedian Invincible Iron Man in 2016. She begins out as RiRi Williams, a 15-year-old engineering scholar who attends MIT on a scholarship. Engaged on her personal, she constructs a swimsuit just like Iron Man’s utilizing materials stolen from campus. When she’s found, she flees sporting the swimsuit. 

Tony Stark catches up along with her, in the long run supporting her choice to turn into a superhero. Someday later, Tony Stark goes right into a coma after getting punched, and Williams adopts the identify of Ironheart, basically taking his place. 

The location MCU Cosmic had reported that Ironheart sequence was “early growth” in accordance with an unnamed “supply who has not been confirmed fallacious.” They speculate that the character may get a film, however would extra possible get a sequence earlier than transitioning to the large display screen. Nevertheless, Marvel fans on Reddit have their very own concepts about bringing Ironheart into the fold. 

Why do followers recommend MJ as Ironheart?

One fan prompt Ironheart may come to the MCU by the use of Spider-Man, albeit type of not directly, suggesting: “I feel We are going to get Ironheart within the MCU very quickly. I additionally suppose she can be one of many youngsters that Tony funded (science) tasks in Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Different followers prompt younger actresses for the half like Storm Reid of A Wrinkle in Time and Amandla Stenberg of The Hate U Give. However one other fan prompt selling from inside and prompt Zendaya. One fan mentioned, “That’d be a superb connection to Spiderman! Oh, I may see a superb film out of that.” 

One other fan requested, not unreasonably: “Fascinating, how would you plan they (segue) MJ into the function as her character doesn’t appear to have an curiosity in science?” One other fan answered, “MJ does go to a ‘Sci Tech Excessive Faculty.’  So she in all probability does know a factor or two.” Such a growth in all probability wouldn’t be that tough of a retcon. 

Different Marvel females turned heroes

Whether or not we see Ironheart in any respect, a lot much less whether or not MJ takes on the function is tough to foretell, however there may be precedent in as soon as unusual females changing into heroes within the MCU films. In Iron Man 3, Pepper Potts started to study to put on an Iron Man swimsuit, and that paid off later in Avengers: Endgame, for example. 

There’s additionally the speculative story of Peggy Carter taking the super-soldier serum and changing into a Captain America-like hero. Such a narrative really can be seen in What If …?, the animated Marvel sequence that’s slated to make its debut this summer time.

Because it’s an animated sequence and is probably not as affected by the pandemic shutdown as live-action MCU sequence, it’s not unreasonable to suppose that animated sequence may make it to air first. 

Lastly, there’s in all probability the last word instance of Jane Foster changing into Thor. In contrast to MJ being Ironheart, this connection really does seem within the comics, even going as far as to introduce an element of tragedy, since Jane Foster contracts most cancers by the point she turns into Thor.

Whether or not that storyline will find yourself in Thor: Love and Thunder stay to be seen, however it’s sure that Jane Foster will turn into a superhero, and that arc is reportedly what drew Natalie Portman again into the MCU.