We're calling it now — Emily Blunt will be Marvel Studios' Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel.
Sure, it’s just an educated guess at the moment, but while other websites have or will be offering a variety of candidates soon and the rumors will be cranking up even sooner, we're thinking that Blunt's the most likely and best candidate.
Blunt has shown her acting prowess in multiple supporting roles, but it was her role in Edge of Tomorrow that made her our front-runner for the 2018 Captain Marvel film. In the film, which hit theaters this past June, Blunt's sword-toting, special forces badass even outshone Tom Cruise.
The actress also fulfills some of the key requirements for playing Carol Danvers. The star of Captain Marvel needs to be well-established enough to open and carry a major Marvel movie on her own, and Blunt is still on her ascent trajectory as both an A-list star and now action hero. She also has to be in that sweet spot of mature enough to credibly play a decorated officer (Major) in the Air Force but not so old she can't play the character in sequels and other Marvel films for a few years running. Blunt will be 35 in 2018. That's the spot!
There have already been reports that Blunt was in running for the role. And it's been confirmed that she was Marvel's early choice for the role of Black Widow, only dropping out of the character's debut in Iron Man 2 because of scheduling conflicts. Marvel again tried to land the actress in the role of Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, but she turned down the role.
If Blunt is waiting for star billing, this would be her chance. And for Marvel, the third time just might be the charm ... and we predict it will be.