Marvel Phase 4 & 5: The Beyonder, Heroic Thanos & Greater Universal Threats

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Major Spoilers concerning Marvel Phase 4 and 5!

Alright, I know you will read the spoilers. After all, who isn’t tempted to even though one hates to?

So, here goes.

Thanos does not die at the end of the Infinity War.

He becomes an ally instead.

Thanos, though once wiping out half the sentient life in the universe, is not an outright villain. He is more of an anti-hero. Why? Because even though he did destroy half the universe once, he saved the whole of four times after.

When his mad love for lady Death ended in not so ceremonial way, he decides to become a lone farmer and sought redemption for his acts. Because Nebula had restored all that was destroyed, nobody really died and everyone eventually ended up being safe.

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Thanos then becomes the guardian of the reality gem and successfully thwarts both Magus and the Goddess and the inter-universal consuming entity to save the universe.

The Infinity War isn’t a single cosmic event; it is the second of the six cosmic events in the Marvel Universe. And technically the event that is to be shown in the 2018 and 2019 films is not the Infinity War, rather Infinity Gauntlet. It starts with Thanos’ Quest and ends with Thanos’ exile.

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So even though Thanos – The Mad Titan – was the villain of the first and second events, he was the saviour in the rest.

We will be introduced to cosmic entities like The Celestials, Galactus, Lord Chaos and Master Order, The Living Tribunal, Eternity, Infinity, manifestations of love and desire et cetera.

Saying all that let’s speculate story-lines for the Marvel Cinematic Universe post Infinity War.

Marvel Phase 4: The Secret War/Beyonder Saga

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After a universe spanning 21 films until the Infinity War, many would think there will not be any content of epic proportions to adapt. But, as mentioned above, there is much more.

I truly believe that the rights for the Fantastic Four will return to Marvel sooner rather than later. The reboot will sink. People will boycott it and unassuming viewers will not be too excited because of how sucky its marketing is.

When the rights will return to Marvel, we will have the Skrull, Galactus, the Silver Surfer and Doctor Doom at our disposal.

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Doctor Victor Von Doom was heavily involved in the Infinity War and he is a scientific, psychological and supernatural threat. He is one of the most revered and famousest (that’s a word…the Hobbits use it) villains of all time. What better honour for him than being the inspiration for Darth Vader?

But a true threat for the heroes will come in the form of the Beyonder. He was once an Inhuman (also a mutant) who was exposed to the Terrigen Mists and his Terrigenesis bestowed upon him godlike powers. The memory of his existence was erased from the minds of Blackbolt and everybody else.

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He creates an alternate reality within himself. He then becomes infatuated and obsessed with the lives of Earthlings. He throws a trap for our heroes and transports them to another galaxy; he also intrigues and ensnares the villains and eventually pits heroes and villains against each other on a new planet called Battleworld with the promise of a great reward.

He is usurped by the overly ambitious Doctor Doom who in turn is thwarted by the Beyonder and soon after both are vanquished by the heroes. Once defeated therein, he returns to Earth to study mankind and experience love. After several convoluted plots he enters a Sanctum Sanctorum and creates an alternate universe for himself. But he is confronted and defeated there as well and turns into a cosmic cube.

This could be the plot for the fourth and fifth Avengers films. Characters like Doctor Strange and the Inhumans are directly involved in this conflict. And this will lead into Phase 5 which is the Infinity Crusade.

Marvel Phase 5: The Infinity Crusade

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When Adam Warlock takes the Infinity Gauntlet, he decides to nullify his emotions and his will to be good and bad so as to be a neutral judge akin to the Living Tribunal. But, in doing so he created two sentient entities called the Magus and the Goddess.

The Magus was the villain of the Infinity War and the Goddess of the Infinity Crusade.

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The Magus is a malevolent entity who wants to end all life for the sake of ending all life. He creates doppelgängers of the heroes and villains and goes after the Cosmic Cubes. Their working is similar to that of the Infinity Gauntlet. He collects the five cosmic cubes, incapacitates the cosmic entity Eternity and creates an inter-dimensional realm from where he creates evil duplicates of everybody else, including Thanos. (See? I told you Thanos isn’t a hard-core baddie)

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The Magus, Adam Warlock’s malevolent entity

Thanos discovers the plot set by the Magus and apprises Warlock of it. Galactus, who again isn’t an outright villain, investigates along with Earth’s heroes and attempts to revive Eternity because the entity is needed to petition the Living Tribunal, who had the use of the Infinity Gems in unison. If the Gauntlet was reactivated, the heroes could erase the Magus existence.

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After several mini events on Earth and elsewhere, the story climaxes with Quasar, the Magus, Warlock, Thanos, Doctor Doom and Kang the Conqueror vying for the cosmic cubes.

Doom and Kang approach Magus after searching for the cosmic power’s source.

The Magus captures Adam Warlock and the inactive gauntlet. They battle each other and Warlock loses the fight. Magus is severely weakened and attempts to use the cosmic cubes but finds the containment units stolen. Doom betrays Kang and demands Magus to relinquish the gauntlet.

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Coincidentally Eternity is revived and convinces The Living Tribunal to reactivate the gauntlet. A near omnipotent Magus defeats Doom and erases Quasar’s existence. Thanos enters the scene, battling his doppelgänger and distracting Magus. Adam Warlock grapples the Magus for the gauntlet and releases a composite being made of Eternity and his twin Infinity. This being incapacitates the Magus and Warlock traps him in the Soul Gem. But Warlock – spending most of his energy – falls into a coma.

Thanos reveals to the assembled heroes that Magus had never gained true omnipotence. Thanos had replaced the Reality Gem with a convincing fake and declares that he had always been the secret guardian of the Reality Gem. The heroes return to Earth as everything is turned back to normal.

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The Infinity War story ends with the Goddess collecting the containment units and in the Infinity Crusade we find that she has created a new planet Paradise Omega with the help of the cosmic egg. She brainwashes many of the Earth’s heroes and recruits them for her army.

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Her aim is to end all evil. Professor X (who could be replaced by Doctor Strange in this movie version), Thanos and Adam Warlock join forces and plan an assault on the Goddess’ defences. They are thwarted by Moondragon and Professor X goes into a state of coma.

Thanos and Warlock are approached by Mephisto, who gives them vital information regarding the Goddess in exchange of a containment unit. They agree.

Thanos assembles the heroes of Earth and frees the Silver Surfer from the control of the Goddess. The Silver Surfer destroys the planet’s defences. Thanos using his telepathic powers attacks the Goddess the very moment she decides to activate her plan. She was determined to rewrite all existence in order to nullify evil itself.

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But she was tricked into it by Warlock, who had created an illusion in order to make her reveal her true intentions to the heroes of Earth. Thanos, Warlock and Professor X (here Doctor Strange) attack the Goddess on the spiritual plane, where the cubes have no power, and trap her inside the Soul Gem.

The heroes return to Earth as the battle is undone by the Cosmic Egg. Thanos deems that the power of the Cosmic Egg mustn’t be used by anyone else. Thanos takes one of the cosmic cubes to Mephisto to deliver the promised payment. He then destroys the Paradise Omega and the Egg, making the artefact useless for Mephisto.

Hence, Thanos saves the universe time and again and receives full redemption for his previous acts of jealous love.

This could effectively end Phase 5 and also the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself. It will also be enough to make films until 2028 as Marvel has already planned.

Let me know your opinions. I could have added several other mini plotlines, but it would only make this already long post a saga. I guess I’ll write another piece on those itty bitty details.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis/The Mad Bard

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Daniel Brühl to Play Mephisto in Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange & Avengers: Infinity War

I had been wondering how and when will we be introduced to the character of Mephisto in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is the original politician, the supreme briber, the whisperer of chaos. And he corrupts the will of all – from a harmless child of eight in an alley in Brazil to the Mad Titan Thanos.

He is the trader of souls and a desirer of the Infinity Gems…and he has – throughout history – plotted the downfall of nations.

So, it would be very natural for Marvel to add him as a villain in Captain America: Civil War come 2016. And the casting of German-Spanish actor Daniel Brühl in an unnamed villainous role for the film – with possible antagonistic main role in the Doctor Strange film four months later – got my mind deducting (see what I did there?) . And within seconds – as I bent my will to create – I traversed to this fully formed plane of thought:

If Marvel have cast Daniel Brühl as Mephisto, it is a brilliant choice. The myth of Faustus and Mephistopheles, the source for the Marvel villain’s conception is German folklore. Daniel Brühl has a prevailing German accent and he is exactly the type of actor who can nail cunning egotistical villainous roles: much more than being Loki and exactly being the devil himself. Daniel Bruhl - 3

Daniel Brühl has that face, and particularly that smile (and that glint in his eyes when he does so) that by default gives you a vibe of “that man has something up his sleeve.” And his voice also is great for a sinister role.

In Captain America: Civil War, he can assume the role of adding faggots to the flame when the superheroes are embroiled in a cold war over the Superhuman Registration Act. He can be that whispering devil who can keep the embers lit, the man behind the shadows revelling in the collapse of superhuman brotherhood.

Mephisto loves chaos and discord, apart from hoarding souls. Daniel Brühl would relish this role for sure.

And then we can see Mephisto directly lead into Doctor Strange.

As is speculated, there won’t be any origin story to Doctor Strange…most likely flashbacks to it. And I believe that will be so as in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Doctor Stephen Strange is name dropped as someone who is considered a threat by HYDRA. It can only mean that he is an already established superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The only viable way for Kevin Feige and his knights – Scott Derrickson and co – to weave Doctor Strange with the rest of the films is by having Mephisto play a common threat.

It is very likely that Dormammu will not be the main villain in the first Doctor Strange film. And I for one do not want Baron Mordo to be the prime antagonist either. As much as I love everything about the Sorcerer Supreme’s world, I do not fancy Baron Mordo much.

So, a better choice would be to keep Mordo as a minion (as he always is) and keep Mephisto as the main threat. Mephisto can be shown as someone who has had the chance to get his hands on the Soul Gem. At the same time, Mephisto finds it a great opportunity – being given the seed of the vile thought by someone else (maybe Doctor Faustus the other Marvel villain)…to at first cause a great discord on Earth via the chaos of fluctuating desire…something which was a storyline in The Mystic Hands of Doctor Strange volume 1 (2010)…and then go for the Infinity Gem itself.

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We can first see Doctor Strange tackle the issue of a collapsing economical and psychological system throughout the world, something which can be the byproduct of a Civil War which creates fear in people of Superheroes and Governments both and causes them to take matters in their own hands and fix the world itself. Of course no superhero or organisation knows how to stop this mysterious wave of rebellion and good will. But Doctor Strange knows that it is something that is being perpetuated by forces from the astral plane.

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He will then investigate and tackle Doctor Faustus, who can be shown as the Doktor of the comic issue, by admitting himself in a mental asylum. Therein we can see in flashbacks how Doctor Strange came to be the Sorcerer Supreme. Benedict Cumberbatch can throw in bits of his Imitation Game and Van Gogh for this sequence. We can see these flashbacks during a confrontation with Doctor Faustus. As Doctor Faustus tries to mess with his mind, we will see Stephen Strange’s past.

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After this sequence comes to an end, we can then see Doctor Strange face Mephisto. In his dealings and duellings with Mephisto, he unravels Mephisto’s plan to get hold of the Soul Gem.

This would lead Doctor Strange through several perils in the astral plane that we can enjoy (that sounds sadistic on my part, and yours too as you smiled as well. I know…I am a Sorcerer).

The Soul Gem is in the possession of Adam Warlock, who is imprisoned in the Soul Realm, and we can finally have a way to introduce Adam Warlock into the fold as well.

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I do not know how the other elements will be tackled…but I’m guessing one of Strange’s great foes: Nightmare…will be featured in the movie as well. So…yes…Mephisto doesn’t have to be the only baddie of the film.

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And at the end of the film – or somewhere in  its midst – we can see an interaction between Thanos and Mephisto and a plotting that can possibly lead to the acquisition of the Soul Gem by the Mad Titan. Maybe the failure to acquire the Soul Gem leads Mephisto to pledge his allegiance to Thanos for his own sinister purposes, as he has always desired to get a hold of all the Infinity Stones.

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This way we will then have Mephisto established as the counsellor, first minister, whisperer of insanity to Thanos.

Fuelling the Mad Titan’s vain yet innocent desire to see the universe die to please his lover Lady Death and when – as it happens in the infinity saga – Thanos has all the gems in his hold, and has blasted his foes to nothingness, get the Infinity Gauntlet for himself and feast upon not only the gazillion souls Thanos forced to wander, but also the physical realm.

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This sounds perfect to me a plot….connecting the human, the astral and the cosmic realms seamlessly through one entity who is almost always blamed for the cause of all things destructive and evil: the Devil Mephistopheles himself.

Disclaimer: If – by any chance this article does get a lot of viewership – I would request people posting the theory on other websites to cite the source of this theory…that is My Geekdom Come.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis/Rafi

Random Marvel Fanboying #1

There are several reasons why I religiously follow Marvel Comics.

1) The Name:

There is DC Comics, which is literally Detective-Comics Comics. And then there is Marvel Comics.

Marvel. It makes such a statement. There is confidence in the name. “We will Marvel you.” “We are Marvel.”

2) The Creative Community:

The people at Marvel Studios – be it at the comics, animated or live action offices – never treat themselves with snobby professionalism. They are fanboys. From the Kirby & Stan Lee days to the Whedon brothers and Feige….they are all fanboys.

You always feel a strong sense of enjoyment. Marvel feels like a family, rather than a company. They connect with their fans and always do their best to create an omnipotent environment for everyone linked to the comic universe.

3) The Fictional Universe

I follow DC…yes. I love comics that are under the DC banner. They have brilliant writers with some amazing storylines. But DC’s universe isn’t really a connected one. You get a sense of intimacy in its stories and the scope never seems universal….except when they need to reboot it all and play the crisis on infinite earths card.

Marvel – on the other hand – have this knack for connecting everything with everything. Every comic in Marvel is connected to every other comic in Marvel. That’s how it is with Marvel. The existence of several alliances and the relations shared between them makes for a truly connected universe.

SHIELD, The Avengers, The X-Men, The Inhumans, the several alien kingdoms….somehow everything is always connected. Its a feeling that cannot be put to words easily and doesn’t do justice when attempted.

4) The Marvel Cinematic Universe

They have translated the same with great effect for the Cinematic Universe. You are made to feel like a part of the universe that is created. Thanks to the fanboys in the creative and management department, none of us fans are made to feel as if we are looking at the universe from a third person point of view. Marvel is as much a right of us fans as it is of the ones who mint money from it.

Can you imagine? When Thanos finally makes landfall, we will have so many heroes pitted against him. And I have made a list of all of them. The Avengers (old and new), the Defenders, the Inhumans, the Guardians, Agents of SHIELD…they are so many.

Alright, I’ll just go ahead and mention all the heroes we will see featuring:

From the Avengers:

Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, Captain America, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, War Machine, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Vision, Ant Man, the Wasp.

From the Inhumans:

Black Bolt, Medusa, Triton, Gorgon, Karnak, Crystal and possibly Quake.

From the Defenders:

Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and probably Spiderman too.

The Guardians of the Galaxy:

Starlord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot.

And then we can have several SHIELD agents as well.

Imagine how epic it is going to be. And Thanos employing his Mind Gem to cause further trouble and fights.

I only wish Marvel had rights to the Fantastic Four. I wanted to see them, the Silver Surfer and Doctor Doom in Infinity Wars as well. Guess, we cannot have everything in our plate.

5) The Opening:

I adore the opening of anything Marvel with the comics fluttering in the name. It excites me so much. Its literally the Heroin kick that makes me jump into the story.

So, I end my 1st random fanboying post for Marvel with:

I’m wrapped in strings that hold me down, I love these strings, and all things Marvel.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis

Marvel’s Inhumans Movie Casting: Medusa


When Kevin Feige announced the roster of Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3, I rocketed up to Kree and returned seeing The Inhumans title. There is nothing bigger in this Marvel Cinematic Universe than the adaptation of the heavily underrated yet supremely awesome The Inhumans Comics.

The Inhumans are the most ancient race on planet Earth, speculated ancestors of the X-Men, and spawns of Kree Genetic Experiments. They are a population of 4000 living in the City-State of Attilan, currently on the blue side of the moon. If you were wowed by the X-Men, then these special humans will take you off the planet. Being my favourite comic series from Stan Lee, I cannot emphasize the importance of this adaptation.

As it is set to release in 2018, I am starting my own little campaign to promote my preferred casting choices for the film’s protagonists. And I start with my darling Lady Medusa.

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Medusalith Amaquelin Boltagon. A Queen to the people of Attilan and a wife to the majestic Blackbolt. Her gorgeous rouge tresses are the vines of death. She is revered by both friends and foes and her beauty is subject to the lust of Maximus the Mad, the estranged brother of Blackagar.

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Medusa the Ethereal Queen

Though Blackbolt is the most important Inhuman, Medusa is quintessential to the well-being of the City-State of Attilan. She is the voice of the ever silent yet truly awesome Blackbolt and looks over all matters of the state with a regal confidence. She has high moral values and is the fiercest of warriors, particularly when her family and allies are under threat.

The most powerful royal couple to ever live.

The most powerful royal couple to ever live.

She was granted the power of psionically animated hair by the Terrigen Mists. When compared to an iron wire, her tresses are several times stronger, more elastic and resistant. She can lift insane amounts of weight with her hair. Her body does not bear the brunt of any weight that she undertakes to lift. Rather, it is the psionic power of her hair that balances it all. She can assign independent tasks to every lock of hers and can extend their length to her liking.

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An Artist’s rendition of Bald Medusa

She also can control her tresses even after they are severed from her head. This was showcased in the penultimate volume of The Inhumans 1998-1999 series where she brought down a generator with her hair even after Maximus the Mad had chopped her hair.

It is important to understand that in her most favourable portrayals, she has been depicted with symmetrical beauty and a visage bearing intelligence. So, here is my list of red head actresses who could play the elegant queen of Attilan.

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Here are my 4 candidates listed according to preference:

1) Bryce Dallas Howard

2) Jaime Ray Newman

3) Lotte Verbeek

4) Alicia Witt

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Beauties with Grace

Bryce Dallas Howard 

She is blessed with Inhuman beauty

She is blessed with Inhuman beauty

She wrapped my mind and whispered “I am Medusa” the moment I thought of a casting for the Atillan Queen. In fact, I’m going to make sure her casting rumours are spread wild enough to be considered seriously for the role.

Bryce Dallas Howard is the daughter of Director Ron Howard. She starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s Village and Lady in the Water. In 2006 she received a Golden Globe Nomination for her role in As You Like It.

She was then cast as Gwen Stacy in Spiderman 3 and it brought her much fame. She also appeared in Twilight Eclipse and Terminator Salvation.

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She has been cast in a starring role in The Jurassic World (2015) alongside Irrfan Khan and Chris Pratt.

She will do justice to the grace and ethereal beauty of Lady Medusa. I insist that readers ponder over this choice and spread the word…after all rumours do play a part in movie casting sometimes.


Jaime Ray Newman

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When – for the sake of this blogpost – I considered including a few more options for the role, Jaime Ray Newman was the first actress for the list.

Popular for her role of Kristina Cassidine in the 2002 Televison Drama General Hospital, she has also played alongside Leonardo Di Caprio in the acclaimed biopic Catch Me If You Can.

She is currently a series regular in Red Widow and Mind Games.

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She has had guest roles in several notable Television Dramas, namely Stargate: Atlantis, CSI, Veronica Mars, Happy Family, Supernatural, Bones, Criminal Minds, Heroes, CSI: NY, Grimm & Castle.

She would be a great choice for the role of Medusa. She has the beauty and acting chops for the role.


Lotte Verbeek

The Tamer of Rodrigo Borgia

The Tamer of Rodrigo Borgia

I absolutely adore this lady. She played Giulia Farnese in my all time favourite Televison Drama The Borgias (I hate the producers for cancelling it after the 3rd season). As the Mistress of Pope Alexander Rodrigo Borgia, she was handed a really important role. And she owned it like the Queen she is.

Active in all three seasons of the Costume Drama, her character was that of Medusa in many ways. She, for one, looked after the accounting and several other departments of the Vatican and turned the fortunes of Rome’s underprivileged. Lover to the brilliant Jeremy Irons, she played the soothing presence of Medusa to Blackbolt already in the show.

I cannot stress how amazing this actress is and how graceful too. And now that I’m typing this, I wish in one corner of my heart that she gets the role of Medusa. Lotte-Verbeek

She is an award winning Dutch Actress and has appeared in the film adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars and stars alongside Graham McTavish in the Scottish Drama The Outlander.

This lady is class and worth calling to audition for.


Alicia Witt 

Beauty with Prodigal Brains

Beauty with Prodigal Brains

A manifestation of her surname, Alicia Witt is the smartest lady on this list.

A child prodigy, she read College Textbooks at the shocking young age of Two. Yes. A two year old toddler reading college textbooks. And such people don’t garner rave fame in this modern age.

Fame poured her way when she was cast in the 1984 David Lynch film Dune as a child actress.

She also guess starred in the David Lynch Televison Series Twin Peaks. Alicia Witt (1)

She is a film, stage & TV actor, a singer-songwriter and a pianist. Few of her on-camera works include roles in The Sopranos, The Mentalist, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Person of Interest, Friday Night Lights, Justified, The Librarians, CSI: Miami, Two and a Half Men, Law & Order and The Twilight Zone.

If I were the casting director, I’d seriously consider her for the role.

Let us know in the comments who do you think is the perfect choice for the role amongst these four.

Next up is the casting for The Undefeated, Majesty Incarnate Blackagar Bolt – King of Attilan and the greatest Superhero to have ever existed.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis