Neena Thurman (Domino)

Promotional images from Deadpool 2 are surfacing, and of course we get a look at one of the most anticipated new additions to the cast: Domino, the mutant assassin portrayed by Zazie Beetz. We don’t know much of her role in the movie, apart from the fact that she’ll be a mercenary, and that she’ll retain her unique ability from the comics, albeit it’s surely one of the most difficult powers to display on screen so far. Regarding her looks, she’s surely quite different from her comicbook counterpart, since instead of an albino woman with a black eye tattoo she’ll be an African-American woman with a white spot on her eye caused by vitiligo. Her appearance is intriguing nevertheless, and seeing her in the same pose of Deadpool in the promotional material for the first movie, using the anti-hero’s costume as a bear skin, is pretty fun. As always, let’s wait the whole movie before judging…and let’s take a look at the one and true Domino.

Neena wasn’t born in the most natural way: her mother, a woman named Beatrice, was part of government top-secret program called Project: Armageddon, aimed to create, through selected breeding, the perfect human weapon. Neena was the only one among her peers to survive, mostly because of her mutation: her X-Gene, besides giving her skin a chalk pigmentation, allowed her to manipulate probability in order to assure “good luck” to herself. Despite this, however, even Neena was deemed a failure by Armageddon, and fearing she would have been suppressed, her mother fled the base in the EvergladesFlorida, along with the baby. The two escapees reached Chicago, where Beatrice entrusted her daughter to Father Rudolpho Boschelli, of the Church of the Sacred Heart. Boschelli raised the child the best he could, but eventually Neena grew wary of the church, and when she was thirteen years old she ran away. With only her original purpose and her mutant abilities to count on, Neena became a mercenary, and changed her name into “Domino”. Her skills didn’t go unnoticed, and when she was still extremely young she started working as an agent for NSA. She earned the respect of her superiors with her first mission, during which she stopped Project: Jericho, a plan that saw a soldier remotely control a robot: Domino destroyed the warbot and killed the pilot, all without suffering the slightest damage. Apreciated by the high spheres, Domino was entrusted with a delicate mission: to protect Dr. Milo Thurman, a scientist far too brilliant for his own sake. Domino became Thurman’s bodyguard, and the two eventually fell in love. Thurman, a fan of Dante‘s Divine Comedy, started calling Domino “Beatrice“, stating that it came from the Latin word for “lucky”, jocking on her powers: Domino grew fond of the name, and she used it for a while. Domino and Thurman eventually got married, and were inseparable…at least until, during a raid from AIM agents, Milo escaped, believing Domino to have been killed. Without knowing where her husband was, with her mission failed, Domino left NSA and resumed her previous life.

As a mercenary, she joined the mutant group known as the Six Pack, and she first met the time travelling Cable, a man who would have changed her life. The two became close, then intimate, and Cable earned Domino’s trust and loyalty…even when the entire Six Pack was angry at their leader, since he had aborted a mission as soon as he learnt that the Six Pack’s contractor, Mr. Tolliver, was an ally of Stryfe, his personal nemesis. Between clashes with AIM and Hydra, the fight between Cable and Stryfe excalated quickly, until it destroyed the team: with Cable missing after his enemy, Domino left once again, moving on her own. It was around this time that Mr. Tolliver abducted Domino, and had the shape-shifting Copycat replace her. Copycat spied on Cable, who was now leader of the New Mutants, while the real Domino was guarded and abused by Pico Halfghanagan for over a year in a secret location in Italy. Domino was eventually found by Cable, who freed her and killed both Halfghanagan and Tolliver. The two escaped, fighting their way through Tolliver’s bodyguard Deadpool, then she joined X-Force in place of Copycat, in a sort of way taking her rightful place in the team. Domino even acted as the leader of the group during Cable’s many absences, and it was thanks to X-Force that she found Milo Thurman, who had been captured by Donald Pierce and Lady Deathstrike, who were trying to download his impossibly brilliant mind into a computer to weaponize it. Domino managed to stop the villains from doing so, but interrupting the process costed Milo’s life, so that she had to watch her husband die moments after finding him again. Domino also briefly joined X-Corporation, and when her friend Risque was murdered, she asked for the X-Men‘s help to investigate; the team-up exposed a plan from John Sublime who was harvesting mutants’ body parts to create a “third species”, the U-Men. During this investigation, Domino learnt that Project: Armageddon was still active and, wanting to know something about her mother, she travelled to Florida. In the facility she met Lazarus, a boy who looked just like her, and who was the true success of the secret project. Domino tried to save him, but she was faced by a religious cult known as the Armajesuits, who considered Lazarus an abominion and wanted to kill him. Once again, Domino faced a difficult choice, as she realised her long-lost mother was now the head of the Armajesuits…

A strong and tough woman, Neena Thurman is a warrior born, shaped by tragedies and hardened by choices not many people would have taken, and that she’s learnt to bear the weight of. Trustworthy and loyal to a fault, she can prove the best friend (or lover) for her teammates and allies. As Domino, she’s able to subconsciously use “micro-telekinesis” to affect probability in her field of vision, thus giving the illusion of causing “good luck” for herself and “bad luck” to her enemies: her abilities make her able to move in a storm of bullets avoiding each one of them, or to hit an impossible target or even cause unlikely accidents to her enemies (such as being struck by lightning), but they don’t work if she just stands still waiting to avoid incoming threats; she’s also an extremely skilled martial artist, athlete and markswoman, with incredible agility and reflexes and a nearly infallible aim; she possesses a war equipment varying from an extremely resistant body armor and Forge‘s night-vision lenses. Beautiful and lethal, Domino can be a blessing for any ally, but she’ll surely bring a lot of bad luck to whoever’s fool enough to oppose her…

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