‘X-Men’ Star Alexandra Shipp Follows Up On Her Storm Rant: ‘Black Women Must Be Heard’

Rising star Alexandra Shipp may be reprising her “X-Men: Apocalypse” role as Storm in the upcoming sequel “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” but shaded Fox, the studio behind the franchise, during a panel at WonderCon over the weekend.

With the Disney-Fox merger, a reporter asked Shipp, 27, whether she would be excited to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with her fellow X-Men for one giant superhero movie.

Storm, who was famously played by Halle Berry in the first batch of X-Men films in the early 2000s, hasn’t been given a lot of screen time in the recent films, at least according to Shipp.

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“It would be really nice if we weren’t piled into yet another jam-packed cast, in which you only see me in the back of the shot like f***ing sasquatch,” she adds.

Shipp may not have much to worry about as rumours have been swirling that the current X-Men characters will be recast if they enter the MCU to give them a fresh start. While one of the major Marvel Comics’ storylines centres on Storm and her romance with Black Panther, the actress isn’t eager to bring that particular story to the big screen. Instead, she’s rooting for a Storm standalone project.

“No, I don’t think Storm needs T’Challa, and I think she needs her own movie,” she says. “It doesn’t have to be me, it just needs to be made. A woman does not need a man in order to give her validity and she has also been around longer than him.”

“I would and I wouldn’t because Storm barely has anything to say as it is,” she replies, according to IndieWire. “I don’t know about [the other actors] but, like, we never talk.”

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Following the backlash, Shipp took to Instagram to clarify her remarks. “Here we go!” she kicked off her lengthy statement. “As a fan of the #XMEN and Storm, in particular, I have opinions. I don’t feel like I should HAVE to clear up my statements, but I do think it’s a conversation that should be addressed and out there.”

“Too often women are only given validity based off their male counterparts. As a fan of this Goddess, aside from portraying her in film, I want to see HER MOVIE,” Shipp expressed. “Black women must be heard, not just seen. It’s crucial for our young sisters to see this. It’s not impossible, nor is it too much to ask for.”

Read Shipp’s entire statement below.

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Here we go! As a fan of the #XMEN and Storm in particular, I have opinions. I don’t feel like I should HAVE to clear up my statements, but I do think it’s a conversation that should be addressed and out there. I LOVE BLACK PANTHER. It’s not only a great movie, but it’s done things for black comic cinema that no other movie has. That being said, when it comes to Storm, I think The Weather Goddess deserves her own stand alone film. When I said “she’s been around longer” I meant in TV & Film. She has been a long standing and predominate example of a powerful black woman. Too often women are only given validity based off their male counterparts. As a fan of this Goddess, aside from portraying her in film, I want to see HER MOVIE. Black women must be heard, not just seen. It’s crucial for our young sisters to see this. It’s not impossible, nor is it too much to ask for. I’m opening up this space to have a respectful and loving conversation about this. I wont speak to colorism, it exists and is a shameful part of our society that hits too close to home and should be addressed on a more solidified platform. But when talking about my girl Storm, I’ll share my opinions about why I think it’s time to have a Storm: The Weather Goddess film. Leggo, fam x

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