Scheduled for release in November 2018, the Captain Marvel movie is set to be one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe most compelling.
The character’s history provides plenty of opportunities from both a story telling view point, and an integration one – allowing for easy ‘link ups’ and cross overs with other franchises. Something which may be key when Marvel Studios reach the Infinity Wars films, which look set to be the ‘end game’ for the current MCU line up.
I’ve penned a more in depth look at what is perhaps the most intriguing of Marvel’s upcoming films (alongside Doctor Strange) here; but one of the key questions remains, who should play Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel?
While Marvel might go completely ‘outside the box’ with the casting of Danvers (depending on the story, availability of candidates and the tone of the film), a number of names keep cropping up:
One of the questions UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Rousey faced when doing a recent Reddit AMA was “If you were to be in a superhero movie, which hero would you play?”, her response?
“Well… a lot of the good ones have been taken, but I’d like to vie for Miss Marvel.”
And with that, speculation took off and the internet did its thing.
Rousey posted a handful of fan produced pieces, showing the 28-year old decked out as both Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel, on her Instagram account as a sort of lobbying technique for the role.
There’s little doubt the California native could deliver when it comes to combat scenes, and she wouldn’t be the first UFC star to feature in a Marvel film after George St. Pierre played Batroc in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
But ‘GSP’s role was closer to a cameo than a major part, with limited dialogue and one fight scene with Chris Evans, which, although impressive, was short.
After less than stellar performances in The Expendables 3 and Fast and Furious 7, there are legitimate concerns whether Rousey could carry a leading role.
While Gina Carano, another former MMA star, held her own in Fast and Furious 6, it’s a little hard to consider the Fast series a true test of someone’s acting ability, so coming out of the seventh instalment with less than glowing reviews probably says a lot…
The biggest name on our list, Theron has been on the Hollywood A-list since her Oscar winning role in Monster and her ‘action film credentials’ received a significant boost following her performance as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road.
2005’s Aeon Flux may not have been the best introduction to the hero genre for Theron, but she has the name recognition to boost a project that many may otherwise sneer at (remember the ‘it’ll never work’ leaked Sony emails?), as well as the acting chops to play the titular hero.
Marvel does like to have at least one ‘big’ name involved in its films, even in supporting roles (think Glenn Close in Guardians of the Galazy or Michael Douglas as Hank Pym), so making a play to secure Theron would certainly make sense in this regard.
Best known for her role as Lagertha in the TV series Vikings, Winnick has the ‘look’ of the classic Carol Danvers and a growing reputation. Could this be the perfect project for her to make the leap to the big screen?
Chris Pratt was best known for his work as Andy in Parks and Recreation before landing the role of Peter Quill, so Marvel is not averse to giving TV stars a break, and Winnick fits a similar mould in that regard.
The Canadian actress certainly has her own ground swell of support among fans anyway:
Bryce Dallas Howard
With a leading role in Jurassic under her belt, Howard has done the summer blockbuster ‘thing’ – a step which isn’t always easy to take – as well as more dramatic roles such as The Help.
Daughter of director Ron Howard, the main sticking point may simply be that the as yet untitled Jurassic World sequel is also slated to hit screens in 2018 – meaning a schedule conflict could rule Howard out of the running from the off.
Finding fame as Sarah Walker in the TV series Chuck, Strahovski was also the voice (and facial capture) of Miranda Lawson in Mass Effect 2 and 3, and starred in 24: Live Another Day.
The Australian actress feels more of an outside bet however, and seems to be mainly linked to the role based purely on the fact she has the right colour hair…
Better known for ‘small screen’ roles in Battlestar Galactica, Longmire and 24, Sackhoff has plenty of support thanks to her willingness to interact with fans and embrace a variety of sci-fi and pop culture projects, including the popular Power Rangers fan film that found its way online earlier this year.
Big screen credits include Riddick and horror flick Occulus, which did ok but were hardly ground breaking, so a lack of blockbuster experience may count against Sackhoff in a project which will be new to the vast majority of cinema goers.
Personally, I’d love to see Winnick or Theron in the role, depending on the tone and direction the film (and the story arc) is taking.
They seem the strongest candidates, with one a veteran of the Hollywood scene – with a host of major roles to her name, in a variety of genres – and the other fresh to the scene in many ways, which might not be a bad thing on a movie likely to be somewhat fantastical even by Marvel’s standards.
There haven’t been many missteps in Marvel’s casting thus far, but Captain Marvel still needs to get it right. This isn’t just another super hero movie. It’s an opportunity to smash the ridiculous notion female led hero films cannot kick ass, whilst also acting as a connector between other franchises if the plan is to pull everything together for a final show down with Thanos in Infinity Wars Part 2 (which seems to be where we are heading).
Captain Marvel could be pivotal to the current Marvel Cinematic Universe’ conclusion. And that’s why it’s so damned exciting.
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