One of the superheroes who will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 'Phase III' is Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel; and so, fans have taken to speculating about who could take the role while also nominating their own choices. Jessica Chastain (Interstellar) has openly expressed interest in playing a superhero onscreen (be it Miss Danvers or someone else), while a longtime geek-fave such as Katee Sackhoff (of Longmire and Battlestar Galactica fame) is very much a popular fan-casting selection for the role.
Emily Blunt is also someone whose name has already been tossed into the Captain Marvel ring; not just because her role in this year's Edge of Tomorrow cemented her credibility as an action star, but also because she's been approached to join the MCU before (twice, in fact). Blunt has recently been out and about promoting Disney's musical Into the Woods, so she has also been asked once again about her past with Marvel Studios... as well as what the future might hold.
Vulture, during an interview with Blunt, segued from an anecdote about filming on Into the Woods (where Meryl Streep fell off a table and Blunt caught her), to how her "prior superhero experience" could come in handy, as far as getting her cast as Captain Marvel goes. Blunt gave a more serious response to the question, though.
"Oh! No one’s offered me that officially, so it’s … [laughs] very unofficial. I think it’s fan-casting, which is always very nice. But nothing official has been offered, for sure. If I get it, thank Meryl for it!"
Carol Danvers' super-powers (in traditional comic book form) are the result of her becoming a human/Kree genetic hybrid. Hence, the seeds for her introduction in the MCU were planted earlier this year; first on the big screen, with Guardians of the Galaxy introducing the Kree species (via Lee Pace portraying Ronan the Accuser), and then the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series (during its second season) establishing the Kree's history on Earth.
The question, however, is whether Blunt will be available when Captain Marvel makes her debut in 2018, as scheduling was the main reason she previously passed on offers to play either Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff or Peggy Carter in the MCU (something she also told us in the past).
"Yeah, but it was never the right time, really, and it just didn’t work out scheduling-wise with those two. It’s always a difficult thing to talk about, because it’s not fair to the actresses who ended up playing them, you know? It just wasn’t the right time."
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow is poised to continue playing a pivotal role in future MCU developments, between her roles in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and then (most likely) Captain America: Civil War in 2016. Meanwhile, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter is getting her own miniseries in Agent Carter, starting next week. Which is to say that, although Blunt playing either character would've been interesting, both Johansson and Atwell have firmly (and effectively) settled into their respective roles by this point in time.
Nonetheless, as the MCU continues to grow even bigger, that means there will be more opportunities for people such as Blunt to join the party; and the Captain Marvel role in particular is clearly an enticing one for her, as well as others. We'll have to wait and see what happens, but Blunt joining the ranks of other new Marvel additions - such as Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther - certainly sounds promising.
Agree/disagree? Feel free and cast your vote for who should play Captain Marvel, in the comments section below.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1, 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3, 2017, Captain Marvel on July 26, 2018, Inhumans on November 2, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4, 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3, 2019.