WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Dean’s Israelite’s “Power Rangers,” in theaters now.
There’s a push among the cast of Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” to introduce a female Green Ranger in the planned sequel.
“A lot of the cast and I have discussed that we think it should be a girl,” actor Dacre Montgomery, who plays the Red Ranger, told The Hollywood Reporter. “It makes it even three girls, three boys.”
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While Tommy Oliver, also known as Green Ranger, doesn’t appear in the film, the end-credit scene teases his appearance. In the sequence, a teacher supervising kids in detention conducts roll call, repeating the name “Tommy Oliver.” The scene then cuts to a green coat on an empty chair.
“It’s left blank. It’s a cliffhanger,” Montgomery said. “Whoever you’re going to drop into that position — whether it’s a girl, it’s inevitably going to create drama. It’ll be interesting to drop that drama into it and see how we all relate to it and work with it.”
This scene isn’t the only tease about Tommy’s introduction. The marketing campaign included a motion poster showing an eerie mist surrounding the Green Ranger’s helmet. Director Dean Israelite’s franchise reboot also features a cameo from Jason David Frank, who played the character in the original series, in what feels like a significant moment for passing the torch from one generation of Power Rangers to the next.
Debuting in the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” Tommy is one of the most beloved and enduring members of the team, having appeared in many of series’ different incarnations. The character was originally a villain, having been empowered by Rita Repulsa to battle the Power Rangers. Over the course of the series, Tommy goes from antagonist to leader of the group and served as the Red, White, Black, and Green Rangers. Teasing Tommy in the mid-credits scene opens up the possibility that the next movie might adapt the “Green with Evil” storyline that first featured the character.
“Power Rangers” follows five teens tasked with saving their hometown of Angel Grove — and the world — from an alien threat. Donning the mantle of the Power Rangers, the teens are aided by massive robots called Zords and the sage Zordon. The film is a reboot of Fox’s popular children’s series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Haim Saban, who produced the film, has said there are already plans for a six-movie arc.
“Power Rangers” stars Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, R.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger, Becky Gomez as the Yellow Ranger, Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa.
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