Time to Suit Up1 of 12Updated June 1: The Hollywood trades are reporting our #2 choice Brie Larson is in early, but serious talks for the role.
In what may now be an anachronism, check out out other nine (well… ten) choices for Carol Danvers, along with why we argued Larson was our second choice just a few weeks ago...
Katee Sackhoff/Anna Torv2 of 12Katee Sackhoff has been a fan-favorite choice to play Carol Danvers. She's got the look, the attitude, and the genre-pedigree to justify that faith as well. However, there are some pretty big obstacles standing in Sackhoff's way. First and foremost, Marvel hasn't asked. There's no real indicator that Sackhoff is even on their radar (unless you count Joss Whedon tweeting a picture of her once). Further, Sackhoff doesn't have the star-power needed for the role. As much as she is loved in the fan community, she's not a box-office draw. Still, there's no denying the potential she could have as Captain Marvel.
Meanwhile, Anna Torv, another fan favorite, likewise doesn’t currently have the star power to carry a major franchise film. However, her four seasons carrying the cult favorite sci-fi series Fringe give her a strong edge as a leading woman. While Torv's role was primarily that of the somewhat stoic agent Olivia Dunham, her portrayal of Dunham's resourceful, cocky alternate universe counterpart shows that Torv has the skill to pull off the entire range of Carol Danvers's emotions. Torv also has the physical pedigree to pull off an action-oriented role.
Jennifer Lawrence3 of 12Speaking of major presence, there's none greater at the box office right now than Jennifer Lawrence. Though her major action roles in Hunger Games and in the revitalized X-Men franchise have generally been more stoic, or at least more serious, Lawrence has the chops to pull off a somewhat cocky, often overly-confident character like Carol Danvers.
However, her ongoing involvement with the X-Men franchise leaves her way down this list, despite how well she would fit the part.
Natalie Dormer4 of 12Another dark horse with a lot of potential, Natalie Dormer has plenty of genre experience thanks to her role as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, as well as roles in Elementary and The Hunger Games.
While her resume speaks for itself, Dormer isn't exactly a commodity just yet, though, with her striking looks and commanding presence, Captain Marvel could be a break out role for her.
Chloe Grace Moretz5 of 12Chloe Grace Moretz has a lot going for her as a potential candidate to play Carol Danvers. She’s played a superhero lead before in the Kick-Ass films, and she’s a growing name who’s also expressed interest in joining the Marvel film universe. There’s no denying her star power or physical capabilities.
If there’s one thing standing in her way, it’s her youth. At only 19, she’s the youngest candidate on this list. But she’ll be 20 by the time Captain Marvel will presumably start filming. That’s young for a military officer, but it’s not impossible for someone her age to have reached the rank of Major or even Captain at that age (there are real world examples), especially if she’s portrayed as a kind of wunderkind – something that would definitely establish Carol as being exceptional even without her powers.
Charlize Theron6 of 12Moving further into "safe bet" territory, Charlize Theron definitely has the box office pull to be considered a real contender for the role, and the genre cred given her sci-fi experience in Prometheus. Theron is a proven leading actress and has the look down pat. That she's also something of a fan favorite doesn't hurt. She also proved she's got more than enough action chops and charisma to anchor a sci-fi tentpole in last year's Mad Max: Fury Road.
Perhaps working against her favor is at 40 she's not as poised for as long a run as Carol than some of the other actresses on the list.
Oh, and we'd still really, really like to see her as Sue Richards...
Blake Lively7 of 12Blake Lively seems ready for her big-screen franchise star turn. She toplined the fantasy-drama The Age of Adaline last year to good notices and just completed the Hollywood A-list rite of passage of appearing in Woody Allen’s upcoming new film Café Society.
The 28-year-old, 5’10” actress fills all the age and physical requirements. Plus, superheroes run in her family. She’s already appeared as Carol Ferris in 2011’s ill-fated Green Lantern, but it’s where she also met he real-life husband Ryan Reynolds, who of course has piloted his career to a new level with Deadpool earlier this year.
Despite being different movie universes, Lively and Reynolds would instantly become the power superhero couple the tabloid world is lacking right now and yes, we’re kidding about that last part.
Kerry Washington8 of 12Kerry Washington has got the pedigree for a role like Captain Marvel, to be sure. Having carried the acclaimed TV series Scandal for several years, she's proven her bankability as a leading lady. She also has some experience in comic book films, having played Alicia Masters in the ill-fated Fantastic Four films. Perhaps she'll be the next to make the jump, like former FF co-star Chris Evans (and, if rumors are true, his Johnny Storm successor Michael B. Jordan).
Mia Wasikowska9 of 12Australian actress Mia Wasikowska is currently anchoring Disney's Alice In Wonderland franchise, the next installment of which will hit theaters later this year, but it's not unlike Disney to cross-pollinate their different silos with actors they like (see all the crossover between the MCU and the Star Wars films).
Wasikowska is yet another star on the rise - she's proven she can anchor a franchise, and has showed remarkable range in her career. Marvel could do worse than looking to its parent company for inspiration in casting Carol Danvers.
Brie Larson10 of 12Brie Larson is no stranger to comic book movies, having played Envy Adams in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. In the ensuing years, Larson has made a growing name for herself as a dramatic actress, even earning an Academy Award for her role in last year's Room.
Larson would be a major "get" for Marvel - perhaps their answer to Fox nabbing Jennifer Lawrence for their X-Men franchise. Sure, she doesn't quite have J-Law's Q-factor yet, but casting her as the fan favorite Captain Marvel could send her rocketing to new heights.
Emily Blunt11 of 12Emily Blunt is the no-brainer choice for Carol Danvers, and we’re committing to her taking the role. Not only has her name been in the ring longer than almost any other choice, Blunt has the box-office draw, the acting chops, the physicality, and the genre reputation to really do Captain Marvel justice (see her well received turn in the sci-fi/action film Edge of Tomorrow).
If that's not enough, Blunt was actually the initial choice to play Black Widow in Iron Man 2, before scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out, which means Marvel has definitely had their eyes on her for some time. Seeing Blunt in the role of Carol Danvers may be closer to reality than anyone realizes.
Of course, Blunt is already locked into Disney’s Mary Poppins remake, and as we noted above, Disney and Marvel are not afraid of cross-pollination between their brands. We’re so sure of this casting, we expandedon our theory not long ago – and we stand by it.
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