Alexandra Daddario is immediately recognizable by her piercing blue eyes and her diversity of roles. She played a formerly entombed vampire in “American Horror Story: Hotel,” a descendant of an Olympian god in the “Percy Jackson” movies, and a court reporter involved in some shenanigans in the dark HBO series “True Detective,” to name just a few of her roles (via IMDb).
But what if, in theory, she got to play one of the more notable members of Marvel’s X-Men?
The exceptionally powerful character of Rogue previously graced moviegoers with Anna Paquin lending her talents in the role. One of the defining aspects of Rogue is that she immediately siphons the strength and abilities from whomever she physically touches, and even the slightest contact is enough to leave even the strongest in a weakened state; her touch brings normal individuals to an inch away from death. Luckily for fans of both Daddario and Rogue, a concept artist provided an absolutely fantastic look at how the actress may look while playing the “X-Men” character.
Alexandra Daddario would look like as Rogue from the X-Men
Posting his work on Instagram, concept artist Stuart Cooper created an image of Daddario as a 1990s style Rogue. Showing off the potent gaze of the famous actor with the iconic suit-and-jacket look of Rogue, this particular image is a stunning representation of what could be. The artist elaborated and said that Rogue is one of his favorite characters, adding that Daddario would be the perfect choice for the popular X-Men member.
Cooper even went so far to note that his image of Daddario as Rogue has a great deal of white hair, which, in the comics, came from Rogue taking energy from Ms. Marvel. (In the earlier “X-Men” movies, her hair was white on account of an encounter with Magneto.) Either way, Daddario definitely looks the part.
Considering that the “X-Men” intellectual property is back in the hands of Disney, it may only be a matter of time before we get to see the diverse group of mutants join the Marvel Cinematic Universe (via Vox). The “X-Men” movies of the early 2000s were instrumental in creating the boom of superhero movies, and it’s been said that the MCU would not exist had it not been for those films (via Den of Geek). Who will end up playing the likes of Rogue is anybody’s guess, but if this concept art has anything to say, it should be Alexandra Daddario donning the costume and speaking with a Southern accent.
James McAvoy’s Surprising Answer When Asked If He Misses Professor X
James McAvoy may have activated Cerebro for the last time. The Marvel star played Professor Charles Xavier, the telepathic leader of the mutant X-Men, in five films between 2011 and 2019, beginning with X-Men: First Class.
After reprising the role in X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse (and cameoing in Deadpool 2), McAvoy may have had his final turn as Professor X in franchise finale Dark Phoenix. Despite the opening of the Multiverse — McAvoy’s Professor X predecessor Patrick Stewart will crossover into the MCU in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — McAvoy refuted rumors of his X-Men return in the Marvel Studios sequel.
Asked about the expected X-Men franchise reboot in development at Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios, McAvoy said, “They’re clever people. They’re so good at putting their stuff together. They’ll figure out where to do it, but that might not involve people who’ve done it before. It might be a complete reimagining. And as a fan, I’m down for that as well, and I’d be excited to see what happens next.”
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Benedict Wong as Sorcerer Supreme Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens only in theaters on May 6.
James McAvoy Says He Won’t Appear In ‘Doctor Strange 2’ & Doesn’t Miss His Old ‘X-Men’ Role
The “X-Men” franchise, alongside “Blade,” were the first big box office hits for superhero films featuring characters pulled from the pages of Marvel Comics, sort of the precursor to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s launch with “Iron Man” in 2008. You might remember that Kevin Feige got his start working for The Donner Company, the producers of the “X-Men” films, and was directly involved with those first couple of installments before leaving to run Marvel Studios. After the merger with 21st Century Fox and Disney, Marvel got their hands on the rights to make new “X-Men” and “Deadpool” films.
While fans still are trying to accept that a franchise reboot is on the way, excluding Wade Wilson, one “X-Men” actor isn’t that keen on returning anytime soon. James McAvoy took fan questions during a live stream on his Instagram account (see below) and revealed he doesn’t miss playing the role of Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” films. He played the mutant in four installments ending his tenure with the box office flop, “Dark Phoenix.”
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A fan asked him if he missed the role and McAvoy said, “No, I don’t think so.”
When asked if he’s appearing in “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness” the Scottish actor gave a blunt, “No,” thereby pouring cold water on one of those rampant internet rumors that multiple “X-Men” characters/actors would be showing up in the film.
Someone that is indeed expected to reprise their previous Marvel role for the “Doctor Strange” sequel is Patrick Stewart, who plays an older version of Xavier. The character can be heard in a recent trailer and the actor himself confirmed his involvement during a chat with Jake’s Takes (via IGN) to promote the new season of “Picard.”
Marvel Studios already trolled fans by casting Evan Peters in “WandaVision” only for him to be revealed as a fake version of Quicksilver. It was a cheeky move that upset a lot of fans expecting the show to confirm that the Singerverse would carry over to the MCU.
We’ll have to wait to know for sure what other cameos will be in the film when it releases on May 6.