Alexandra Shipp spoke with The Hollywood Reporter ahead of accepting her Max Mara Face of the Future Award during the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards ceremony. The X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Love, Simon star said she's ready for a Storm standalone film.
While there haven't been any talks about a Storm standalone, Shipp said, "...I am hoping we will get around to it. It is definitely time for these Storm fans to get the movie they have been dying for."
She said that if a Storm film ever gets made, she wants it to be one of empowerment.
"There are so many different storylines that we could take on when it comes to Storm--whether she is losing her powers or going back to Africa. I just want there to be a message of 'this woman doesn't need a man.' Just one more movie where a woman doesn't need a man, really."
Storm fans want a Storm standalone, but they'd probably want the film directly under the jurisdiction of Marvel, seeing how the studio was able to reclaim Spider-Man and do right by the character. Seeing how the X-Men films under 20th Century Fox have been hit or miss when it comes to showcasing a crowd-pleasing Storm, fans who want a Storm film want the character to be the type of weather goddess they know and love from the comic books, not the kind that has been watered down for the movies. Also, if the Dark Phoenix image of Storm holding an umbrella in the rain doesn't paint the picture of how not to make a Storm movie, then nothing will.
The Disney-Fox merger is still up in the air now that Comcast has thrown its hat in the ring, but if Disney does secure its hold on Fox's Marvel rights, then perhaps fans could hope to see a Storm film in the future. If Shipp could still have the role under new management is another question entirely.