Ellen Page has been busy promoting her latest project – the true-story based drama Freeheld. This, no surprise, led to Page fielding questions about her role as intangible Mutant Kitty Pryde on the red carpet in Rome. Page played the character, known as Shadowcat in X Men: The Last Stand, reprising the role for X Men: Days Of Future Past where her abilities had a vital role in the movie’s past meets present time lines.
As you can see from the clip (shown above), Page clearly got a kick out of the unexpected question regarding her matter phasing character. Fans of her performance will also undoubtedly get a kick out of hearing her positive response to the possibility of reprising the role in the future – and the shot in the dark comment about a solo project.
Page took over the role of Kitty Pryde from Sumela Kay (X-Men) and Katie Stuart (X2). She debuted in The Last Stand before returning seven years later for Days Of Future Past. During the last outing she spent a lot of her on screen time attached (literally) to Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), using her power sent him back into his 1970s self and the events of that era. Despite this fairly limiting plot line, Page still has a lot of enthusiasm for continuing Kitty’s story in some way – as evidenced by her reactions in the above clip (via ComicBook). As she puts it:
“Would I be utterly delighted to continue playing Kitty Pryde? Yes. But I have no idea if [that’ll happen]…”
This is not the first time Page has discussed her eagerness for a solo Kitty Pryde movie. In 2013 it was rumored that Avengers director Joss Whedon would be interested in the concept (this is now unlikely due to his current commitments) and she was questioned about it during an interview with Vulture:
I have heard that, yeah! Well, I’m available! [Laughs.] I love that. Kitty Pryde’s awesome. I’m super grateful to be the actress who’s gotten to be her, and you only desperately hope that the true fans who have a right to demand what they want and who have been passionate about these stories for a really long time, that you can pull it off for them. I would be so thrilled to play Kitty Pryde again. I really would.
The idea of a female X Men solo film is one many fans would get behind, though Kitty Pryde has perhaps never been as popular a character as Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) in X-Men comics – and some fans have been disappointed with her under-developed portrayal within the movies, so far. On the other hand, her story line and interactions with other Marvel characters is underexposed on the big screen and is thus ripe for exploring in newfound directions in a future X-Men feature film.
Page is a talented and versatile performer who is more than capable of leading the charge in an X-Men solo adventure – even if such a project seems unlikely to happen, at this juncture in time. Then again, with the future of the X-Men franchise largely a mystery after the release of Wolverine 3 in 2017 (outside of the New Mutants film in development), there’s no harm in speculating/dreaming for the time being.
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.