The Monday Musing – Who is Raja Ilya Playing in the MCU?

**This is the part of the show where I give opinions on something that happened the week before.  Ready…?  Here we go!**

Over the weekend, the internet (seemingly) exploded with an old news story that has only recently caught the attention of us Westerners.  The news, of course, is that Malaysian actress Raja Ilya has been cast in an undisclosed mystery role for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Ilya spoke with Malaysian Entertainment site Star2 back on February 9th, where it sounds like she knows just as much about the role as we do:

“I can’t get any accurate shooting location for now. I’ve just been informed to fly to Hollywood by the end of the year for role selection and for which Marvel title (I would be involved in).”

Naturally, speculation is high as to whom she might be playing.  It’s interesting that they gambar-raja-ilyawouldn’t talk location, as most MCU films these days are being filmed in Atlanta, GA.

Personally, I think she’d make a compelling Medusa in the Inhumans, which is supposed to shoot in Hawaii, but if she doesn’t report until the end of the year, that’s off the table, as the Inhumans will film soon for  a TV/IMAX debut this Fall.

While Avengers: Infinity War and its still-untitled sequel are filming back-to-back currently, it’s highly unlikely she’d be up for a role in either of those, but she could be debut in Captain Marvel, possibly as a villain.    Possibly (and this is complete speculation) as Tigra, an Avenger yet to make her MCU debut.

The Spider-Man Homecoming sequel has been announced, and nothing has been revealed about that, so we could surmise she may have something there.  At 31, she’d be a little old to play Felicia Hardy, a peer to the high-school Peter Parker, but if Sony and Marvel were to take a wildly unexpected approach, she might make for a killer Silver Sable.

Although, if the rumors are right (and they rarely are) and Marvel is looking to bring a Sub-Mariner/Namor movie, she might find a part there.  As the two names bandied about in contention for the role are both Asian actors (and either would be a fantastic choice for the role), casting other Asians wouldn’t be a bad idea.  She’s certainly pretty enough to be a queen, what if she plays Namor’s…love interest?

Of course, it’s equally as likely that she’ll have a supporting or throwaway role as a character not based on an existing comic book personality.

With Marvel not being too forward with their film roles and several release dates in 2020 missing film titles, the possibilities are endless.

Who do you think she could be playing?  Leave a comment below.

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