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Why Jentorra From Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania Looks So Familiar

Right now, fans are buzzing like a cloud of microscopic insects over the new Marvel film, "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," now in theaters. This installment launch's Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will lead viewers back to that minuscule space in between universes. Although there are plenty of familiar faces, new characters are also introduced

This third chapter of the Ant-Man films follows Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), the former criminal who turned his life around in the most unique of ways. Scott is again teamed up with Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) for their minuscule adventure. Here, Scott, post "Avengers: Endgame," is enjoying life after penning a successful book about being a superhero. Of course, this easy-life renaissance for Scott quickly turns around, as he, along with The Wasp, need to travel back to the Quantum Realm.

Along with the recognizable players, fans are introduced to some new characters. One of these characters is Jentorra (Katy M. O'Brian), who initially appeared in a previous 2010 comic series called "Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk." Now, fans get to meet the live-action version of Jentorra in this latest film. When looking back at O'Brian's past performances, one may realize that this isn't the first time they've seen her.

O'Brian led the fight against the undead in Z Nation

Katy M. O'Brian kicked off her career appearing in short films and popping up as a guest star in a few TV series such as "The Walking Dead" and "Halt and Catch Fire." That was before she landed her first significant role as Georgia "George" St. Clair on "Z Nation." The SYFY series jumped on the zombie apocalypse train, with O'Brian getting on board in the show's final season. 

Despite her character's young age and lack of life experience, she takes on a leadership role, trying to establish a civilized society while surrounded by the nightmarish world of the undead. Despite the struggles, O'Brian's character continues to dig in and attempt to create any type of normalcy for her people in an abnormal world. The role of George shows O'Brian's tough side, a characteristic that would follow her as her career progressed.

She stood strong in Black Lightning

Before Katy M. O'Brian stepped into the MCU, she first had a stint with the other comic book powerhouse, DC Comics, as she co-starred in the CW's "Black Lightning." The series, which first aired back in 2017 and was labeled as part of the DC's Arrowverse, follows Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), a retired superhero who is forced back into his vigilante ways after his family is put at risk. 

O'Brian joined the series in the third season as Major Sara Grey. The character is essentially a living weapon as she is proficient in hand-to-hand combat, embodies peak physical condition, and surely knows her way around a gun. 

When O'Brian talked to ComicBook.com, she explained that during fight scenes, it was hard not to want to block her own face. 

"Instead of covering yourself, now, it's having to pull my back out, pull my arms out, so you can see my face," O'Brian said. "If you did that, anyone could actually punch you." Despite keeping her face susceptible for attack, Major Grey is portrayed as a solid foe who takes on the "Black Lightning" team with everything she's got.

O'Brian joined Nathaniel Malick's squad on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It turns out Katy M. O'Brian couldn't keep herself from throwing her hat into the comic book world, yet again, as she stepped into the shoes of another villainous character. This time, she would be part of Marvel's television universe prior to her MCU film debut. 

In 2020, she played the role of Kimball in the Marvel TV series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." After joining Nathaniel Malick's (Thomas E Sullivan) squad, the group of trained villains is pursued through time and space by the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, who eventually rid the universe of Kimball and her bad guy club. O'Brian got to fight for three episodes of the series until Kimball met her demise; however, the role likely helped O'Brian get pushed to the top of the list for any producer who was looking for a hardened force to be reckoned with.

She stood for Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian

Along with Marvel, Katy M. O'Brian has also been involved with another brand under the Disney label. In this instance, O'Brian inserted herself into the world of Star Wars when she appeared as a comm officer for multiple episodes in "The Mandalorian." 

Her character popped up around the time Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) is hot on the Din Djarin's (Pedro Pascal) tail, looking to scoop up poor Grogu from his protector. Moff Gideon's team is a crew of Empire loyalists, which includes O'Brian's character. She helps him eventually take Grogu away for whatever sinister plan the evil leader has for the baby. 

Even though she only appears a few times over four episodes, this doesn't mean O'Brian's character isn't involved in some pretty significant moments on the show. Thank's to this gig, O'Brian once again adds another notch to her growing credit list in which she plays a strong-willed characters with dark intentions.