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X-Men in Doctor Strange 2: Dafne Keen’s Cancelled X-23 Project Should Be Revived

Were you flooding tears at the end of Logan? Marvel nuts might remember the fact when we were supposed to get that solo movie for the X-23 character. But after that Disney merger happened, any rays of hope seemed to be left in a blank void. And it’s absolutely a real shame because Dafne Keen as Laura: Logan’s daughter/clone was phenomenal.

Why Marvel should bring back Dafne Keen’s X-23?

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Dafne Keen will be kept busy these days playing Lyra Belacqua in HBO’s His Dark Material. But generally, her time on Logan came up when being interviewed by Elle. Here is what Keen stated about the X-23 spinoff’s status:

“I got told by some people at Fox that there might be another one, but this was ages ago when we were filming, and they haven’t contacted me ever again”

Fans are probably sitting there making tons of guesses, but I think it would be an awesome surprise if X-23 popped up. Now the question is how would that work? Well, the ultimate answer will be to bring back Dafne Keen to play a teenage X-23. It could very well carry the plot from where we last saw her in Logan and she has likely evolved.

One of the female versions of the Marvel superheroes: X-23.
created by writer Craig Kyle for the X-Men: Evolution television series in 2003: X-23.

Aside from the claws, I think she would have become less animalistic as she evolves. This also can set up a good relationship between her and Charles Xavier (you may also call him her grandfather).

What if we’re getting a new Wolverine in Doctor strange 2?

If we’re getting a new Wolverine in Doctor Strange 2, then there is a high chance it might be Logan. As a fan, Just imagine seeing an older version of Laura as the new Wolverine. This could be a cherry on the top situation! She would be following her “father’s” footsteps and she could mark the X-23 name behind her. A few months ago Logan came out, director James Mangold, who drove the third Wolverine movie, mentioned there’d been discussions about producing an X-23 spinoff.When keen was asked if she would like to return as X-23 at MCU, Keen stated, “Yeah, 100 percent.” Her performance is one of the main reasons that made fans admire and critics about Logan. And unlike other X-Men characters, X-23 is a character that no one else can play on screen. So, probably the MCU won’t cast another actor.

Dfne keen attends the “Logan” screening in New York

Logan is surely one of the most beloved X-Men films, even attaining an Oscar nomination. So it would feel like a lost opportunity for Marvel not to keep keen on in the role. Even Keen herself said that the project was a good omen for her Marvel future.

After the Disney/Fox merger, everything Fox had planned would never go under development. And that does include the X-23 spin-off, does that really indicates that the character is stuck in that universe? Anyways, from what we all saw in Spider-Man: No Way Home, we have got an idea that Marvel is willing to do anything. The perfect example for that is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Written by Shreeparna Das