November marks the release of the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the final film in the franchise based on Suzanne Collins’ massively successful YA novel trilogy. The film’s conclusion will feature a long-awaited showdown between President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she launches a revolution in the nation of Panem.
Along with the release of new trailers and posters, the stars of the film are on the promotional circuit speaking about the saga’s conclusion and what life looks like out of the arena. We already know that Lawrence has plenty of work lined up after her days of archery are over, and we now have more information about her thoughts on Katniss as a hero – and whether or not she has a future in the MCU.
Speaking in an interview with Spinoff Online, Lawrence responded simply to a question about Katniss Everdeen’s place in the world of female heroes, saying, “I think Katniss is the best female character, ever.” When asked about possibility of her playing Captain Marvel and joining her once and future co-stars Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper in the Marvel Universe “sandbox,” she responded, “Well, yes! I would love to play in a sandbox with those two!”
It’s important not to read too much into Lawrence’s words here, as she doesn’t exactly say she would want to appear in a Marvel film, but rather that she would be up for “play[ing] in a sandbox” with Pratt and Cooper — which definitely sounds like fun. On the other hand, she didn’t flat-out say “no” either. While that doesn’t mean we should start dream casting the role she would be perfect for quite yet, it also doesn’t mean she’s entirely out of the running.
Lawrence has already shouldered starring roles in two major franchises since 2011, playing not only Katniss but also Mystique in X-Men: First Class and the subsequent films. It’s a punishing schedule, factoring in publicity along with other film commitments, and Lawrence has been clear on her limited future with the franchise. She might be willing to play in that particular sandbox, but it will likely take some major incentives. Perhaps this could be her chance to close the gender wage gap?
Obviously, there is no definitive answer to who the best character — male or female — of all time is. Taste is subjective and you could endlessly debate the relative merits of Buffy versus that of Wonder Woman. Lawrence’s passion is understandable having inhabited Katniss for so many years and her enthusiastic, all-in positioning is in line with her trademark candor and the sound bites that typically emerge from her interviews — like the aforementioned “sandbox” quote.
If she were to jump in the figurative sandbox that is the MCU, Lawrence is in an excellent position to select whatever role she wants from the Marvel Phase 3 lineup. The real question is if the studio will make it worth her while to enter into another long-term contract. Either way, her career is clearly one to watch.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 hits theaters on November 20th, 2015.
Source: Spinoff Online