It looks like all (or at least most) of the characters from the original children's television series Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers are going to make an appearance in the reboot of Power Rangers. The announcement of Bill Hader as the robot Alpha-5 opens the door for more "MMPR" alumni to show up as well.
Bill Hader will provide the voice of Alpha-5, which means the physical representation will probably be some type of CGI android or robot. As of now, the Power Rangers reboot appears to be closely mirroring the children's television series, with casting announcements for Rita Repulsa, Zordon and now Alpha-5 hinting at all of the original characters from "MMPR" receiving onscreen depictions by new actors/actresses.
Plus, the recently released teaser images of the Rangers on their Zords also show that "MMPR" will have a crucial influence on the Power Rangers reboot.
Since multiple elements from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers are making it into the new film, we can make some safe predictions as to which other characters from "MMPR" will garner an on-screen portrayal as well. Here are the top five picks for which original characters will also make an appearance in the new movie.
The lovable owner of the Angel Grove Juice Bar was one of the staples of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Being the father-figure type who everyone turned to for advice, there'll likely be a place for Ernie in the reboot, in the scenario of more "MMPR" characters being added to the cast of the new film.
Everyone's favorite bad-guy-turned-good-guy needs to show up at some point in Power Rangers. Tommy Oliver, the original Green Ranger, should absolutely show up in the reboot. In "MMPR," he probably made the most impact of any other character, as he began the trend of new Power Rangers existing outside of the original team of five.
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Starting off as a villain, working for Rita Repulsa, Tommy Oliver became an evil Ranger through Rita's assistance. It's possible the Power Rangers reboot will see something happen to a similar affect. Since Elizabeth Banks has already been cast as Rita Repulsa, it would make sense for a staple like Tommy Oliver to join her as one of her henchmen. Of course, there's one other "MMPR" character who would play the role of henchmen to Rita Repulsa much better than Tommy Oliver...
The golden gargoyle, Goldar was one of the first villains the Power Rangers faced in "MMPR." Yes, Rita Repulsa was the mastermind behind the villainous acts, but Goldar was the physical powerhouse that dominated the Power Rangers on more than one occasion. He also played a major role in the development of "MMPR," as Goldar's character stuck around on the series for several seasons. Goldar could plausibly show up in the Power Rangers reboot as well with Rita Repulsa taking charge.
Another henchman of Rita Repulsa's who could plausibly make an appearance in the Power Rangers reboot is Scorpina. On "MMPR," Scorpina was a type of love interest for Goldar. The relationship wasn't directly explored as "MMPR" was a television program geared towards children — so it only hinted at the sex life of a golden gargoyle and a scorpion-woman — but they did have something going on behind the scenes.
However, for the modern age of films, Scorpina would be an excellent addition to the Power Rangers reboot, seeing as how she's a formidable foe for the Power Rangers to take on, akin to the likes of Rita Repulsa and Goldar.
Bulk and Skull
As the two represented the comic relief on "MMPR," the Power Rangers reboot would definitely benefit in the same way from Bulk and Skull. The tone of the film is looking all too serious, as it stands. Introducing Bulk and Skull would create some lighthearted moments for fans to take a breather from all the intense action expected in the Power Rangers reboot.
The aforementioned "MMPR" characters are the most plausible additions to the rebooted cast the near future. However, it's possible that Power Rangers might take some influence from other aspects or seasons of "MMPR," so what are your thoughts? Which Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers alumni should receive on-screen portrayals in the Power Rangers reboot? And was there anyone else from "MMPR" not on this list who should be considered? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Power Rangers premieres May 28, 2017.