Angel Locsin as Marvel’s Wave? Designer of Pinay superhero shares choice casting


Posted at Mar 19 2019 09:15 PM | Updated as of Oct 19 2019 11:46 PM

Wave, a.k.a. Pearl Pangan, is Marvel’s first Filipino superhero. Instagram: @leinilyu

MANILA — Wave has yet to formally make her comic book debut, but already the character’s co-creator has an actress in mind to portray the new Filipino superhero of the Marvel universe.

The comics giant unveiled the first image of Wave in early March, two months before the May release of “War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas,” the upcoming series where she will be introduced alongside other Asian superheroes.

Angel Locsin currently stars in the action-drama series ‘The General’s Daughter.’ ABS-CBN/Dreasmcape Entertainment Television

Reacting to the artwork of Wave at the time, Locsin tweeted: “I'm excited to learn more about this character! I [love] that her weapon of choice is a Kampilan, which is believed to be the sword Lapu-Lapu used to strike down Ferdinand Magellan. So, [thumbs up] for that! Regarding her costume, I wonder what’s the inspiration behind the design?”

Over a week later, Leinil Yu, the Filipino artist who designed Wave in collaboration with Marvel Comics writer Greg Pak, replied to Locsin’s tweet — much to the actress’ surprise.

“It’s a collaboration of ideas between me, greg and Marvel editorial. Would love to see you as Wave, Angel!” he said on Tuesday.

Sharing the conversation thread in her Instagram Stories, Locsin again addressed the Filipino artist, saying: “Can’t stop smiling. Thank you, Sir @leinilyu for the wonderful reply.”

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Instagram: @therealangellocsin

Wave, also known as Pearl Pangan, is from Cebu, Yu earlier told ABS-CBN News. Her powers are water- and tech-based, he said.

Locsin, dubbed local showbiz’s “Action-Drama Queen,” is no stranger to portraying a superhero. She played the iconic Komiks character Darna in a TV series, and was for a time set to reprise the role in Star Cinema’s adaptation, but ultimately had to back out due to a spine injury she continues to recover from.

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She has nonetheless managed to adjust to the condition and has regained her form, notably as seen her action-packed lead role in “The General’s Daughter.”

Marvel, whose phenomenal cinematic universe continues to smash box-office records globally, has made no announcement of a screen adaptation featuring Wave or any character from the same batch of Asian superheroes.