When we offered you our Captain Marvel primer, we left out one important and obvious question: Who should play Captain Marvel? It’s something we’ll be asking ourselves until Marvel officially confirms a lead. Considering Captain Marvel doesn’t arrive until 2018, that may not be for some time yet. In the meantime, here’s who we’d choose if we had our say. Hit the jump for our Captain Marvel casting picks.
Marvel’s casting choices are hard to predict:
- Sometimes they go with a big name or a fan favorite;
- other times they land on a relative unknown;
- or an otherwise unexpected pick.
In the case of Captain Marvel, the (unofficial, unconfirmed) word is they want a star who’ll be around 30, and who can appear in sequels or other Marvel movies for the next several years. But there’s probably some flexibility at this point in the casting process. Also remember the Captain Marvel solo film doesn’t come out until the Summer of 2018, although she will probably appear in a couple Marvel movies before then.
With that in mind, we tried to come up with a mix of obvious and offbeat names for our Captain Marvel fantasy-casting list. The only thing they all have in common is that we’d love to see a Captain Marvel movie with them. Let us know what you think of our Captain Marvel casting picks, and leave your own in the comments.
An obvious choice, but still a great one. Katee Sackhoff was rumored for Captain Marvel last year, long before Kevin Feige had even confirmed a Captain Marvel movie was coming, and no wonder. She may be a bit old for Marvel’s taste — she’ll be 38 in 2018 — but in our minds her badass attitude and perfect look are far more important.
Emily Blunt has already flirted with the Marvel Cinematic Universe twice before. She was set to play Black Widow in Iron Man 2 before scheduling conflicts forced her out. And she was offered Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger but turned it down. Now that she’s proven her action hero bonafides (and shown off her Marvel-worthy biceps) in Edge of Tomorrow, perhaps it’s time for Marvel to give her another shot.
Her Game of Thrones character may prefer to battle with words, not superpowers, but one look from Natalie Dormer and you know she’s not one to be trifled with. Technically she’s already part of the MCU thanks to a small role in Captain America: The First Avenger, but we’ll pretend not to notice if Marvel will. Later this year, we’ll get to see her in fighter mode as Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.