Marvel has a ton of exciting possibilities set up in Phase Four with a new generation of heroes, multiverse insanity, new cosmic characters and more magic. One corner of the MCU that fans are hoping to see explored more is the horror and magic through characters like Moon Knight and Blade. Many have speculated that Marvel is building to a Midnight Sons team up which could bring together a number of magical characters including not only Moon Knight and Blade, but potentially the Black Knight and Werewolf By Night, who is expected to be featured in the upcoming Halloween special, as well.
We had the opportunity to speak with Lyrica Okano about her new movie Press Play. During our interview we had to ask her about a possible return to the MCU after she reprised her Runaways character, Nico Minoru, for the new Marvel’s Midnight Suns video game. With a potential Midnight Sons project seemingly on the horizon Nico Minoru could be the perfect addition to the team, with the character appearing as a major player in the Marvel’s Midnight Suns video game and expected to be a part of the team in the upcoming Midnight Sons comic written by Ethan Sacks.
Nico Minoru, like the other Runaways characters, has not appeared in the MCU since the end of the Hulu series, but with characters like Daredevil and Kingpin returning perhaps this is the perfect way to bring her back into the fold.
LYRICA OKANO HAS “NO HESITATION” ABOUT RETURNING TO THE MCU FOR MIDNIGHT SONS
We asked Lyrica Okano if she would be interested in reprising Nico Minoru in a possible Midnight Sons project and the actress is whole heartedly on board.
“They better have me. I mean, please like ask , that’ll be cool. Yeah, yeah. I had no hesitations saying yes to Midnight Suns video game opportunities. So I will have no hesitations to say yes to.”
There has been a ton of speculation about the Midnight Sons and while Nico has not traditionally been a part of the team it seems like there is a major push for the character to be associated with them. If Marvel Studios is building to their own version of the magical team it is possible they could incorporate characters that are new to the ranks like the Black Knight, who many have speculated will be a part of the team given his unexpected connection to Blade in the Eternal post-credit scene. Nico Minoru could be another ideal addition given not only her ties to dark magic, but as part of the younger generation of heroes.
Marvel is heavily leaning into not only a new generation of heroes, but younger heroes with Spider-Man, Kate Bishop, Iron Heart, America Chavez, and Ms. Marvel. Many fans have speculated that this will culminate in a Young Avengers team coming together. While Nico Minoru may not be the perfect fit for the Young Avengers having a younger character on the Midnight Sons would be a good way to tie them to this new batch of heroes. This is also an opportunity to further explore some of the characters from Runaways similar to what Marvel is doing with some of the Marvel Netflix characters.
The Midnight Sons could be the perfect reentry point for Nico Minoru and a way to explore her magic as it ties into the MCU as a whole. She proved to be a strong magic user and capable leader in Runaways so seeing her in a new team dynamic where she could be one of the youngest heroes on the team could be thrilling. It will be exciting to see how this character plays into the Midnight Sons in the upcoming comics and the upcoming Marvel’s Midnight Sons game. Perhaps if she proves to be a popular addition fans could see Lyrica Okano return to the MCU fold.
All three seasons of Runaways are available now on Hulu and Disney Plus. Marvel’s Midnight Suns is scheduled for release October 7, 2022. You can also catch Lyrica Okano in Press Play which will be in theater and available on digital June 24, 2022. Do you think Marvel is building to a Midnight Sons team up? Would you like to see Lyrica Okano reprise her role as Nico Minoru in a potential Midnight Sons project? Do you want to see the Runaways characters return to the MCU? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media and check back with The Illuminerdi for more MCU.