Some time ago, Jessica Henwick revealed that she turned down the opportunity to play Xialing in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in favor of playing Bugs in The Matrix Resurrections. There are some fans who were wondering why she didn't choose to join the biggest movie franchise today which would have been a great opportunity for her. Now, we have an answer and it's a very interesting one.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Henwick admitted that she ended up choosing to join The Matrix Resurrections instead of Shang-Chi because she doesn't want to put the nail in the coffin on reprising the role of her Iron Fist character Colleen Wing in the MCU if she ever gets asked. She also revealed that she knew for a long time now that Charlie Cox will be returning to play Matt Murdock in the MCU which was a factor in her decision-making.
She said, "If I did [Shang-Chi], I would effectively be putting Colleen to bed. It wasn’t the main factor, but it definitely came up in conversation. I love Colleen. She changed my life. Of course, if I was given the opportunity to revisit her, I would, but I just don’t know how likely that is. Charlie [Cox] knew about that opportunity years ago. He already knew it was happening. I think I would have heard by now if there were any plans with Colleen."
Given that Marvel Studios is keeping Charlie Cox and Vincent D'Onofrio to play Matt Murdock and Kingpin respectively, it does open up the doors for other actors in the Marvel Netflix shows to reprise their roles in the main MCU canon. It's still unknown yet by now which others will also get to have their comeback in the MCU. If ever Henwick does play Colleen Wing again, there are fans who will definitely be open for that.
Henwick currently stars in The Matrix Resurrections which is currently showing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.