Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Laura Harrier — who plays Liz Allan — wants to see the character become Firestar in the upcoming sequels. Still a few weeks from its wide release, the newest Spider-Man already has a lot of positive buzz surrounding early reviews. Marvel appears to have spared nary a single advertising penny to let the world know that Spider-Man is back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man play a prominent role in the film, extending what feels like a massive welcome back to Sony’s biggest hero franchise.
Early reviews specifically point out Homecoming‘s ability to balance a coming-of-age high school story with the responsibility that comes with being a superhero. With the franchise now on its second reboot, and at a new studio, it’s about time one of Marvel’s most popular heroes gets some critical acclaim.
Screen Rant had the chance to speak with several of the cast members at the Spider-Man: Homecoming press junket, and several of them have high hopes for future versions of their characters. While Venom is not part of the MCU (at this time), Tom Holland would love for their characters to share some screen time; if that won’t work, the star would also like a “bug bros” team-up with Ant-Man; and Laura Harrier hopes to see a lot more character development for Liz Allan.
Peter Parker’s high school crush, who is also Flash Thompson‘s (Tony Revolori) girlfriend, remains out of reach for our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but Harrier is looking ahead, saying:
“I hope Liz get’s powers, because that’s what happens in the comics. She becomes like Firestar, and she can like light things on fire.”
Firestar can do much more than that. The character can manipulate microwave energy to either set things on fire, make them explode, or cause them to melt. Her ability to control energy also allows for the disruption of electronic devices. Oh, and she can fly. Originally, Firestar was Angelica Jones when the character was created for 1981’s animated Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, but the powers and the mantle were given to Liz Allan on 2007’s Marvel Ultimates run from prolific writer Brian Michael Bendis.
Well after their high school days, Allan eventually goes on to marry Harry Osborn; a scenario that has a lot of potential with any Spider-Man: Homecoming sequels that might reboot Green Goblin story lines. Harrier has described her character as “really driven and smart,” so there’s no reason to think there isn’t plenty of room to develop Liz Allan and bring more of the comics to the big screen going forward.
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