With Marvel’s recent announcement of Captain Marvel, we now know that another female superhero film is officially in the works — making that a total of… two female-led superhero films. (Two is better than zero, but we can do better, guys!) Of course, the other superheroine I’m referring to is Wonder Woman, with Gal Gadot leading Wonder Woman in 2017.
After that, Marvel will release Captain Marvel in 2018.
We still have a lot of superhero movies to watch before then, but since every other media outlet is doing it, I decided to fancast the Captain Marvel movie.
In the past, Captain Marvel has been a white man, a black woman, a bisexual woman, and a white woman. The current Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers, a blonde-haired and blue-eyed white woman, but I didn’t rule out the possibility of an actress of color playing her, especially when the first female Captain Marvel — Monica Rambeau — was black. The likelihood of Marvel hiring an actress of color is very small, but at the same time I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility or such a huge leap in logic. Just like Michael B. Jordan being cast in Fantastic Four as The Human Torch or Marvel hiring Samuel L. Jackson to play Nick Fury (both characters are white in the comics), the essence of the character does not depend on race. Plus, the Marvel universe could use more color.
Here are 10 actresses who could play Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers.
The Edge of Tomorrow and Devil Wears Prada actress was Marvel’s first choice to play Black Widow but due to scheduling problems Emily Blunt did Gulliver’s Travels instead. (Yeah. I know.) Captain Marvel would be the perfect opportunity for Marvel to redeem themselves. Blunt has proven herself to be a capable action heroine in the past. She was excellent in Edge of Tomorrow as a mentor and authority figure for Tom Cruise’s character. That authoritativeness could be useful in playing Carol Danvers, a fighter pilot who is determined and hard-working and is often put in a leadership position (such as leading The Avengers). Plus, Blunt had a very powerful presence in The Devil Wears Prada, practically stealing the movie. I definitely have faith in Emily Blunt’s ability to carry a franchise and she seems like a very obvious choice for Marvel since she’s been on their radar in the past.
Brie Larson was on the shortlist of actresses to play Sarah Connor in the Terminator reboot, so at least we know she would be up for starring in an action movie franchise. We also know that Marvel wants some semblance of acting talent behind their characters and Larson proved herself to be one of Hollywood’s most talented young actresses in Short Term 12 last year. Plus, Larson’s experience doing comedy — she guest starred on Community as Abed’s love interest, she played a high school student in 21 Jump Street, she was virtually unrecognizable in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, etc. — could only be an asset since Marvel movies tend to have some funny moments. Larson would be in her late twenties by the time Captain Marvel was being filmed so she would also be in the perfect age range to play Carol Danvers.
The Wolf of Wall Street actress could be a serious contender for the role considering all of the movies she’s lined up recently, meaning she must be very in-demand. While Margot Robbie is only in her early twenties in real life, she tends to look older and more mature for her age (I wouldn’t have guessed she was only 23 last year when The Wolf of Wall Street came out.) More importantly, she has the perfect look if we’re going by the comic books — blonde hair and blue eyes. Although we haven’t seen much from Robbie, she had a strong showing in The Wolf of Wall Street and she’s been cast in a ton of films since then, including Z for Zachariah and Tarzan. It’ll be interesting to see how she performs in Focus, the upcoming Will Smith movie, but I think she has what it takes to play Captain Marvel. Beautiful and talented, she has a commanding on-screen presence, and that’s exactly what Marvel should be looking for.
I can’t sing Emmy Rossum’s praises enough. She’s one of the most underrated actresses on television and she should have probably won an Emmy by now for her role as Fiona Gallagher on Showtime’s Shameless (alas, she hasn’t even been nominated once!). I don’t think a brunette Carol Danvers should be off the table, but Rossum could easily dye her hair or wear a blonde wig. I’m merely going by Rossum’s performance on Shameless, but I really think she could pull off a superhero movie. The only drawback is that Rossum has made some questionable decisions in the past when it comes to her movie career (see: Beautiful Creatures and Dragonball: Evolution).
No, she’s not blonde or blue-eyed and she’s more olive-skinned than Carol Danvers as portrayed in the comic books, but Oona Chaplin is a pretty fantastic actress. Forget about her in Game of Thrones for a moment, because Talisa was a completely nothing character. Instead, go binge-watch The Hour where she plays a discarded housewife or Dates where she plays an enigmatic (and somewhat bitchy) woman on the dating scene. While this isn’t a very realistic choice, I think Chaplin could do very well in the Marvel cinematic universe — even if it’s not as Carol Danvers.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw has had a tremendous year with Belle and Beyond the Lights. I first knew about her from Undercovers, NBC’s short-lived action-drama about a pair of married CIA agents. She’s a bit of an unknown, but like Chris Hemsworth in the first Thor movie, unknowns can do pretty well. I don’t expect Mbatha-Raw to be on the shortlist, however, considering she isn’t white — although I would love for it to happen. Maybe we could see her play Misty Knight in the Iron Fist Netflix series or the female lead in the Black Panther movie or any number of supporting characters in the upcoming movies announced by Marvel.
It goes without saying that Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain is a remarkable actress with a very impressive resume. Maybe it’s time for her to tackle a Marvel property? And what role is more befitting than Carol Danvers. Plus, Chastain already looks like a superhero, if you ask me.
If you want an example of Jamie Chung’s capabilities as a dramatic actress, then stream Eden on Netflix. Or you can watch her be a badass in Once Upon A Time, Sucker Punch, or Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Chung is an unlikely choice but I would love to see her in a superhero film regardless.
Claire Holt probably as the lowest profile out of all the actresses on this list. She’s a CW star whose credits include Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries, as well as its spin-off series The Originals. However, I could easily see her playing Captain Marvel, as easily as I could see her playing Kara Zor-El in the upcoming Supergirl TV show.
I’m not too enthused by Diane Kruger as Carol Danvers but considering her show was just canceled, it means she’s at least available.