She has risked her life piloting a semi on harsh terrain alongside Liam Neeson in Netflix’s The Ice Road, survived a bank robbery in the 2016 Oscar nominee, Hell or High Water, and took on The Predator itself — circa 1719 — as the lead of the Prey cast, most recently. These are only just a few examples of movies starring Amber Midthunder that prove she is one of the strongest and most promising action stars of her generation. Furthermore, I believe these roles should be enough to convince Kevin Feige and co. that she is ready to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Admittedly, if the Native American actor (and descendant of the Fort Peck Sioux tribe, according to The New York Times) did land a role in any upcoming Marvel movies, it would not be her first comic book adaptation. She had a recurring role on Legion as Kerry Loudermilk — a mutant with exceptional martial skills who shares a body with male scientist Cary Loudermilk (Bill Irwin) and was originally created for FX’s trippy, X-Men-inspired series. However, I think it is time to give Midthunder the chance to bring a hero (or another villain) ripped straight from the comic book pages to life in any upcoming superhero movies (or even upcoming Marvel TV shows) and I have a few Marvel characters in mind — starting with one who is also of Indigenous descent.
One of Amber Midthunder’s more underrated roles is Rosa Ortecho on the CW’s sci-fi series Roswell, New Mexico. The character is a young woman who was resurrected from death by a man with extra-terrestrial powers, coming back with abilities of her own, including manipulation of electromagnetic energy. That kind of reminds me of another X-Men character she could play.
The power of magnetism, and electromagnetism, is a specialty of green-haired mutant Lorna Dane, who is better know Polaris. However, she has also gone by other aliases, such as Magneta — which is both a reference to her abilities and the fact that her father is none other than Magneto. That is one complicated family dynamic that I would be interested in seeing played out in a future installment.
While all of the Marvel characters I have listed above have some connection to Amber Midthunder, either through other roles she has played or her own cultural identity, the possibilities of what she could do in the MCU is endless, as far as I am concerned. Hell, if she would rather apply her talent to starring in any upcoming DC movies instead, she would have my full support.
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