Fear not, Vixen. Legends of Tomorrow has not forgotten you.
Those waiting for Mari McCabe (Megalyn Echnikunwoke) to bring the forces of nature to the time travel series now have a reason to hold out hope. As Mari/Vixen's sister, Kuasa (Tracy Ifeachor), hops into the Legends' fray, executive producer Marc Guggenheim is still plotting Mari's jump from animation to the temporal zone.
"It remains a very high priority for me to have Megalyn on Legends
so that her iteration of Vixen can interact with Maisie Richardson's iteration of Vixen," Guggenheim told Seat 42F
at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con. "That's definitely on my creative bucket list, for sure."
For Echnikunwoke, the stars just didn't align when Legends of Tomorrow came calling last year. Star of CW Seed's animated Vixen, the actress was originally cast based on both her voice acting and screen acting, a prescient move by the Arrowverse that would - and has - allow Mari McCabe to appear in the live action lineup. When it came time for Mari to transition to the Waverider, however, Echnikunwoke had already committed to another project.
So, bouncing back from that setback, Legends created Amaya, the Vixen of WWII and Mari's grandmother. With the Justice Society of America member in the mix, the series will delve even deeper into that complicated web of familial ties when Kuasa returns from beyond the veil to antagonize Sara's (Caity Lotz) team in Legends of Tomorrow season 3.
As the only person who has interacted with Amaya, Mari, and Kuasa, Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) will provide vital insight into the world of the Anansi Totem bearers. Perhaps he will even become a link that draws Mari away from Detroit. After all, it will be Ray's memories of Kuasa that ultimately inform Amaya's understanding of her rogue granddaughter.
"If you go back and look at Vixen
season 2, I wouldn't exactly call her fighting alongside Ray, she's always been morally questionable," Guggenheim told Entertainment Weekly
. "But I think that's what makes it interesting as far as Amaya is concerned is that Ray, at the appropriate moment, will accurately tell her that there were moments where Kuasa was capable of selfless good, so I think that gives Amaya a little bit of hope."
In the meantime, catch Mari on Freedom Fighters: The Ray when the animated series hits the CW Seed in the near future.
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