From the time that Robert Downey, Jr. was cast as Iron Man to the recent selection of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Marvel has consistently pleased audiences with its choice of actors for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that in mind, there has been plenty of speculation over the past few months as to which actress would be playing Carol Danvers in the upcoming Captain Marvel.
Recent reports have suggested that Room‘s Brie Larson is a top contender for the role, and the reaction on the Internet to those rumors has been largely positive. One fan went so far as to create a pretty convincing mock-up of Larson as Captain Marvel. Now a familiar face from the MCU is weighing in, with Captain America: Civil War star Chris Evans giving his opinion on the rumors.
During a panel at Wizard World in Philadelphia, reported on by ComicBook.com, Evans was asked what he thought of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Evans responded with enthusiasm:
“I just heard about that. I really hope that happens! I love Brie Larson. We did a movie together back in ’09, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.”
Larsen played Scott Pilgrim’s ex-girlfriend Envy Adams in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, with Evans playing Ramona Flowers’ evil ex Lucas Lee. Their experience together as jilted exes seems to have given Evans a sense of kinship with Larson. The crowd’s reaction at the mention of Scott Pilgrim is evidence that Evans isn’t the only person who remembers that work in that movie, either. Evan’s Civil War co-star Anthony Mackie, though, had a different suggestion as to who should play the role:
“I think they should go outside the box and cast, like, a dude as Captain Marvel.”
The crowd’s boos indicated that they were definitely not on board that idea. Mackie was clearly joking about the suggestion, though, and the rest of the panel laughed it off. Evans, in comparison, was sincere in his appreciation for Larson. Whether or not his opinion has any sway on Marvel’s final decision, the groundswell of support for Larson’s casting in the role could help convince them that she’s the right person for the job.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.