Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of the infamous Disney villain, Maleficent, proved to be a world-wide success and it is rumored that her version of the character may play a significant role in the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III. The original Disney animated character of Maleficent has played a primary villain throughout the Kingdom Hearts saga and may be featured in a different light in the latest installment.
Jolie’s involvement within the video game world has been nearly nonexistent before stepping into the shoes of the horned villainess. The toy/video game hybrid title, Disney Infinity, will introduce Jolie’s Maleficent into their world this November by adding her as a playable character in the game’s 2.0 edition. It is still unconfirmed if Jolie will voice the character in Infinity, but it has been confirmed that the actress had a great amount of input on the design of the character and the toy figure that is required to play as Maleficent in the game.
As for what part Jolie will play in Kingdom Hearts, the answer is still very foggy. With the release of the new Maleficent film, fans of the KH saga will be very anxious to see how and if the developers at Square Enix incorporate aspects from the film into the game. At a recent convention, when a creative developer was questioned as to if the Jolie version of Maleficent will take part in KH3 he responded by stating that he could not say anything on the matter other than followers of the game will be in for a great surprise.
Certain fans have taken that as confirmation that Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent may play a role in Kingdom Hearts III. The fact would make sense to an extent being that Maleficent is the primary villain from the Disney realm that antagonizes the heroes of Kingdom Hearts. She is seen in the original game as the leader of all the Disney villains, but gradually transfers to an aid for the antagonists that are greater than her on the hierarchy of Kingdom Hearts baddies. The tricky issue would be adjusting the appearance to reflect both the original animated character and Jolie’s version.
In the latest chronological installment of the KH saga, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, the phenomena of time travel was introduced by the series’ leading villain, Master Xehanort. Xehanort was able to transport various versions of himself ranging from young to old and bring them together in one place at the same time. It is possible that a similar strategy could be used to transport Jolie’s Maleficent into the Kingdom Hearts realm, revealing who the sorceress was before she fell into darkness. This act would also be practical for creators to include a segment involving the winged version of Maleficent.
As rumors about Kingdom Hearts III and whether or not Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent may play a role in it continue to disperse, fans of the saga will have plenty of time to converse over the fact as KH3 is reportedly not scheduled for release until late 2016. All previous Kingdom Hearts titles are available for purchase and the latest installment, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix will be released December 2, 2014.
By Cody Collier