Taraji P. Henson just got finished playing a real-life superhero as NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson in the Academy Award nominated film, Hidden Figures.
However, it looks like the Golden Globe winner is ready to set her sights on a new type of superhero. Though the actress has been grinding in the entertainment industry for over twenty years, she is just recently, with her portrayal of Cookie Lyon on Empire, getting the recognition she deserves.
Henson is nowhere near done expanding her horizons. In a recent interview with The New York Times, she expressed her desire to continue pushing the envelope. She said, “I would love to be a Marvel superhero.” This would literally be everything. Quite frankly, with everyone who has been cast in 2018’s Black Panther which will be directed by Ryan Coogler, we’re shocked that we won’t be seeing Taraji P. Henson’s name in the credits.
Avid Marvel fans know that there are more than enough roles in the Marvel Universe for the Academy Award nominated actress to have her pick. With Tessa Thompson’s upcoming role in Thor: Ragnarok, it’s clear that Marvel isn’t necessarily worried about casting white actors and actresses in roles that have been originally depicted as such. Also, there are a ton of Black Marvel superheroes who have not yet received their due. Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to a close in the spring of 2019 with a currently untitled Avengers film, which means that Marvel will soon be looking for new projects. We can help them out with the perfect role for Taraji P. Henson.
According to IMDB, the role of Chante Brown/Queen Divine Justice who is a Wakandan princess and one of Black Panther’s bodyguards has not been cast in Black Panther, which means that Henson could slide right into the role for the film’s sequel.
Either way, Marvel needs to give Taraji P. Henson a call ASAP because Cookie as a superhero is something we just have to see.