Marvel Studios confirmed the casting of award-winning actress Florence Kasumba as Ayo, one of the Dora Milaje warriors who protect Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Now, thanks to MCU Exchange, we’ve learned that award-winning actress Monique Ganderton has been cast as Proxima Midnight. Ganderton previously lent her voice to the character in Marvel’s animated television series Avengers Assemble and Guardians of the Galaxy, but this marks her first appearance onscreen. Monique Ganderton Returns to Proxima Midnight
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Who is Monique Ganderton?
Though Ganderton is most well-known for her motion capture work as Loki in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, she is an accomplished actress who has been acting professionally since her late teens. In addition to her several blockbuster roles, Ganderton has worked on numerous critically acclaimed indie films and television series including Showtime’s The Borgias, History Channel’s Vikings, and AMC’s recent Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul.
Where can you find her work?
Some of Monique’s recent animation work includes Guardians of The Galaxy 2, Wolverine, and War for The Planet of The Apes. She has a few additional projects in post-production such as two top secret feature films and The Incredibles 2. As well as some television spots like Disney Jr.’s Super Snacks! and her short film Captain’s Log: A Survival Guide For Long Distance Relationships which she produced and directed. You can also find her at many conventions around Canada where she is promoting herself, her artwork, and sharing knowledge with aspiring animators.
How did she get this gig?
Well, her and I have been working on a project together for years now, which she’s hinted at in interviews before. But what did you expect? We all knew it was just a matter of time until Marvel hired Monique for one of their big roles. This is great news, especially since there hasn’t been any news about Carol Danvers in over a year. We hope Monique is here to stay! And if not, we hope she keeps doing work with Marvel in some capacity.
This is how I think she got the role: My sources tell me that Ms. Ganderton has long admired Natalia Romanova/Black Widow from afar and has tried many times to get an audition with Kevin Feige himself (unsuccessfully). That didn’t stop her from attending conventions like San Diego Comic Con dressed as Natasha though.
What does it mean?
Monique returns as a motion capture artist for Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Marvel Spider-Man game. She has done motion capture in dozens of other games and films, including Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Velociraptor), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Felicia Hardy), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Palutena), and more. This is her second time working with SIE on their Marvel Spider-Man title, having previously worked on last year’s PlayStation 4 release.