It’s been some time since we’ve seen the illustrious actress Halle Berry grace the silver screen, but this powerful woman continues to capture our attention in other ways. While much of the buzz around the Gothika star centers around her recent divorce from Oliver Martinez after a lengthy legal battle, there are whispers of promising opportunities on the horizon for this talented star. With her unwavering strength and resilience, we can’t help but be excited for what’s next in store for this remarkable icon, including a possible hint at a return to Marvel as the equally powerful Storm.
Halle Berry is no stranger to the public eye or controversy. She famously caused quite the stir in the 2001 film Monster’s Ball (earning her an Academy Award for Best Actress), which included a graphic adults-only scene featuring Berry and co-star Billy Bob Thorton that sent the world into a frenzy. Despite the racy scene, her work in Hollywood isn’t limited to shock and awe, nor does her two-year marriage define her to French actor Oliver Martinez. Instead, Halle Berry has created a foreboding name for herself, starring alongside some of Hollywood’s brightest stars.
The Oscar winner has devoted much of her professional career to a wide range of work, including Catwoman (2004), The Call (2013), and of course, X-Men (2000). Halle Berry, always great as a strong, feminine lead, brought the comic-book favorite mutant Storm to life alongside Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen beginning in 2000. Since then, the weather-harnessing hero has helped lead Marvel’s X-Men, then produced by Marvel Entertainment and 20th Century Fox, to a whopping 11 film series. As the actress last performed as Storm in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, many have wondered if she’d ever reprise the role. Halle Berry, being a top-notch social media influence on top of all the other hats she wears, may have recently given Marvel fans the answer in an Instagram post where the John Wick 3 star is sporting a very familiar haircut.
Storm is well known for her ability to control weather patterns and use them to the advantage of the X-Men team. Still, she’s also easily identified as one of the only African-American team members. Despite her bearing on racial representation, another unique feature of Storm is her lightning-white hair, which was shortened later in the X-Men series. Followers on Instagram were quick to notice that a recent post by Halle Berry seems to support the idea that the actress has been back to work as Storm.
However, although Disney now owns the X-Men, there doesn’t seem to be a film in production. Despite promises from Kevin Feige that the X-Men would be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point, it’s only kind of happened already as fans were treated to a cross-over in Doctor Strange 2: Multiverse of Madness, which saw Patrick Stewart reprise his role as Professor Xavier. So, with no X-Men film on the immediate horizon, how could Halle Berry bring Storm back to the big screen?
The short answer is Deadpool! Not long ago, we released details showing a potential Google mishap that may have leaked interesting character spoilers for Deadpool 3. Although the cast listing included the likes of Tom Hiddleston as Loki (officially bringing Deadpool to the MCU), two other characters popped up. Patrick Stewart was credited with the role of Professor Xavier, and Halle Berry as Storm! Usually, we could easily blame this on a wonky algorithm from Google. Still, considering Hugh Jackman is confirmed to bring Wolverine to the third installment of Deadpool, as well as Deadpool existing in the X-Men universe, it is likely that the actress is making her way back to one of her most notable roles.
Not only would Deadpool 3 bring the foul-mouthed anti-hero into the MCU, but it would also finally mesh the two universes entirely, something fans have been drooling over since Disney acquired the property in 2019. Although Wolverine is undoubtedly the most famous X-Men, Storm is right up there in terms of popularity and would be a fantastic addition to the Deadpool films and the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the newest phases of the MCU focus on and celebrate feminine heroes, many of which are based on minorities, bringing such a solid African-American lead like Halle Berry’s Storm makes perfect sense.
Assuming that the social media posts is a nod to the reprised role of Storm by the on-time Bond girl, the actress seems to be well on her way to continuing independent life apart from former spouse Oliver Martinez. Although Berry hasn’t been a prominent feature in Hollywood of late, bringing the high-flying mutant back to life alongside Ryan Reynolds could be enough to see her sign a new agreement with Marvel, uniting with other popular MCU heroes like Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, and Shuri. If the thought process behind her recent social media and Google’s potential mistake are true, the MCU better watch out!