Taraji P. Henson: 'I would love to be a Marvel superhero'
Listen up, Kevin Feige! Taraji P. Henson has set her sights on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I would love to be a Marvel superhero,” the Hidden Figures and Empire actress said of other characters she’d like to take on in an interview with The New York Times. “I’m dying to get into some comedy. I think I’m a stronger comedic actress than a dramatic actress. You guys just fell for the drama side.” (True, but she’s just so good at it.)
Henson previously spoke about her desire to play the part of one trying to save the world with EW in September. “I haven’t played a superhero yet, I haven’t played a psycho character yet,” she explained. “I want to play a man, like I want to really disappear. I have so much to do.”
She also spoke to how long she’d like to fill the role as matriarch Cookie Lyon on Empire. “Well of course, I want it to go into syndication,” she said. “It’s not like it’s a bad job. You see how much fun we have. Even with the crew, you can feel the energy on this set. So it’s not like it’s a bad job. But what I’m starting to find is that now I’m getting more offers for features.”
Henson recently starred as NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures, which racked up three Oscar nominations and won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By a Cast in a Motion Picture. She’ll be back on Empire when the drama returns Wednesday at 9 p.m. E.T. on Fox and is also set to play the title assassin-turned-good in the upcoming Proud Mary.
The question remains, though: Which Marvel superhero should she play?