Firestar Already Exists In The MCU...Sort Of
Back in 2000, Marvel Comics created an imprint designed to rope in new readers by establishing a brand-new continuity free from decades of baggage. Ultimate Comics has had a big influence on the MCU already with many of the Avengers inspired by the universe. Even Ned Leeds from Spider-Man: Homecoming is essentially a clone of Ganke Lee from Ultimate Spider-Man. Likewise, it seems possible that the Liz Allan of the MCU will soon follow her Ultimate counterpart.
In 2001, Ultimate Spider-Man #4 introduced Liz Allan to the new universe. For years, she didn't deviate much from the character in the main Marvel universe, serving on and off as a love interest for Peter Parker. But in 2008's Ultimate Spider-Man #118, Liz Allan became the Ultimate Firestar.
A mutant like her namesake on Earth-616, this Firestar had the same power to turn microwaves into fiery blasts and flight. The issue even featured Firestar, Spider-Man, and Iceman all on the cover as an homage to the character's debut on Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends. Firestar would remain one of the Ultimate Universe's young heroes, spending time with the X-Men and other teams. And though there's no indication which version of Liz Allan exists in the MCU (or if that's even her last name), it's safe to assume the character from Spider-Man: Homecoming is following the lead of other Ultimate-inspired character.
Just as the Green Goblin could already exist in the MCU, Firestar has been perfectly set up for the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Though she ended the film moving away from New York, the appearance of her mutant powers could be the perfect thing to send her off on a journey of self-discovery. And when that happens, she may just seek out her old friend Peter - and learn that he's actually Spider-Man. From there, the film could focus on Liz and Peter's bond as both civilians and super-powered individuals while also teasing the emergence of mutants for a later Phase 4 film.
Laura Harrier wants to become the MCU's Firestar, meaning it's up to Kevin Feige and the team behind Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 to make it happen. While the story may already be in the works for a later Spidey film, the upcoming arrival of the X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe means the beginning of Phase 4 is the perfect time to start debuting mutants. And with Liz Allan already introduced to the franchise, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is poised to bring Firestar into the MCU.
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019