X-Men 2 Actress Wants Some Actual Dialogue In Marvel Return

By Jennifer McDonough Updated:
Various MCU characters arranged in an X shape, the Marvel Studios logo

Long before The Walt Disney Company acquired 20th Century Fox and all of its assets, Fox was the studio responsible for producing movies based on the X-Men, as it was the owner of the film rights for Marvel's uncanny mutants. The results were hit or miss. However, one of its stronger-received outings was 2003's X-2: X-Men United, which featured, among other things, an adaptation of Lady Deathstrike played by Kelly Hu.

Deathstrike was another member of the Weapon X program that gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton and claws. And although she wasn't much for talking, the character was a force to be reckoned with, battling Hugh Jackman's Logan one-on-one.

Marvel Studios' next feature film on the docket is Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, and the rumor mill is buzzing over who might be seen in the form of cameos and special appearances from Marvel's past.

After Spider-Man: No Way Home brought back fan-favorites Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's versions of Peter Parker through the use of multiversal shenanigans, fans are left wondering what the MCU has up its sleeve for the Strange sequel.

Now, Hu herself has weighed in on whether she'd like to be included in the MCU.

Kelly Hu Wants Another Shot at Lady Deathstrike

Deathstrike, X-Men 2
X-2: X-Men United

Speaking to Comic Book Movie, Kelly Hu admitted it would be "awesome" to reprise her role as Lady Deathstrike in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness:

"Yeah, it would be awesome to bring Lady Deathstrike back and actually have some dialogue this time. It would be a lot more fun with dialogue."

Anything Is Possible in the Marvel Multiverse

It would certainly be interesting to have Kelly Hu's Lady Deathstrike return on film after all this time. X2 was released almost two decades prior to Multiverse of Madness. But of course, this would not be out of the ordinary for the MCU, seeing as it brought back Willem Defoe's Green Goblin from the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man film after the same amount of time.

Perhaps Deathstrike is not as immediately recognizable as other characters from the Fox X-Men franchisesuch as Wolverine or Charles Xavier, but the character is still easily picked out of a crowd, especially with her adamantium fingernails.

It's also important to note that Hu's villain was killed at the end of X2, having been injected with liquid adamantium. However, No Way Home found a way to reintroduce deceased baddies Green Goblin, Electro, and Doc Ock, so bringing back Lady Deathstrike wouldn't pose too much of a challenge.

Whatever the case may be and whoever pops up in Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, the film hits theaters on May 6, 2022.

- About The Author: Jennifer McDonough
Jennifer McDonough has been a writer at The Direct since its 2020 launch. She is responsible for the creation of news articles and features. She also has a particular affinity for action figures and merchandise, which she revels in discussing in the articles she writes, when the situation calls for it.