Jessica Henwick Wants Colleen Wing In The MCU Again
Jessica Henwick is generating a lot of buzz these days, with a heartfelt and kickass role in The Matrix: Resurrections. But Henwick has also spoken out recently about the choices she has made as an actor. Notably, she was forced to choose between appearing in The Matrix 4 or taking a role in Shang-Chi. Jessica Henwick says that she turned down the Shang-Chi role because she still hopes to play Colleen Wing in the MCU again someday – her character from the Netflix series Iron Fist.
Jessica Henwick Turned Down Shang-Chi for Several Reasons
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Jessica Henwick was ready for her next big role in The Matrix: Resurrections. But then the call came from Marvel, asking her to take a role in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. It was the first MCU movie to focus on a predominantly Asian cast and culture. And as an Asian woman with deep ties to the Marvel universe, Henwick was on their shortlist to play a pivotal character.
However, Henwick was already committed to The Matrix, and her passion for the project is palpable in interviews. The film also gave her an opportunity to reunite with her Iron Fist co-star Carrie-Anne Moss. And perhaps that helped to cement her decision to stick with The MatrixMatrix and hold out hope that she might have another opportunity to play Colleen Wing.
Will We Ever See Jessica Henwick Play Colleen Wing In the MCU Again?
Iron Fist was the least successful of the Netflix shows centered around the Marvel characters of The Defenders. But it is undeniable that Henwick was the best part of the series. She brought Colleen Wing to life in the MCU with verve, a sassy and independent figure who knows how to fight. And she had a tendency to act circles around her co-stars, bringing a much-needed energy to the series that had a tendency to get bogged down in politics and brooding.
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Jessica Henwick says that she was up for the part of Xialing in Shang-Chi, the warrior sister of the titular MCU protagonist. But as she told The Hollywood Reporter, she turned down the role because she wasn’t ready to close the door on Colleen’s character. She cites her fellow Defender – Charlie Cox – who played Daredevil. Apparently the actor knew for years that he would be returning to the MCU fold. And Henwick is hopeful that her call is coming soon. However, she is unsure as to how likely that is to happen.
“If I did , I would effectively be putting Colleen to bed. It wasn’t the main factor, but it definitely came up in conversation,” Henwick tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I love Colleen. She changed my life. Of course, if I was given the opportunity to revisit her, I would, but I just don’t know how likely that is. Charlie knew about that opportunity years ago. He already knew it was happening. I think I would have heard by now if there were any plans with Colleen.”
Holding Out Hope For Daughters of the Dragon
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Iron Fist ended with Colleen Wing gaining the power of the titular fist, and with it the power of the Dragon. The final season of the show saw her team up with Misty Knight – played by Simone Missick. In the Marvel comics, these two powerful women form a duo called The Daughters of the Dragon. Many fans were hopeful that Daughters of the Dragon would be the next Marvel show on Netflix and would give Colleen Wing a place to shine.
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However, the Marvel characters returned to the MCU and Netflix cancelled all of the shows. So Daughters of the Dragon never came to pass. But now with Henwick’s star rising, is it possible that the MCU might bring her back into the fold like they did with Charlie Cox’s Daredevil? We can only hope that Jessica Henwick will have another opportunity to play the iconic role again. We know she is ready for it.
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