Ronda Rousey Still Wants to Play Captain Marvel, Has Not Threatened Marvel Studios With Punching Quite Yet
Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Ronda Rousey wants to play Captain Marvel and she’ll snap as many limbs and crush as many skulls as necessary to land the job. Until that becomes necessary, she’s taking a more civil approach and just taking every possible opportunity to talk about the part in public. Maybe Marvel Studios will consider her for the role before she has to start demolishing every human being standing in her way.
For the new Ronda Rousey Captain Marvel chatter, hit the jump.
Entertainment Tonight caught up with the undefeated MMA fighter for a brief chat about her burgeoning Hollywood career, Beyoncé, and the vital importance of eating some hot wings after you’ve physically decimated another human being in the ring. In the midst of it all, she once again mentioned her favorite topic of interview conversation – she really, really wants to play Carol Danvers for Marvel:
I’m really looking forward to doing my first starring role opposite Mark Wahlberg [in Mile 22]. Hopefully by the time Captain Marvel comes around, I will have enough experience and skills in the field for them to really seriously consider me.
Rousey been publicly campaigning for this role for quite some time now, but she stepped up her game in August, sharing fan-made images of her in costume on her Instagram page. It’s not hard to imagine Rousey, who has literally defeated her opponents in seconds, playing a superhero.
But is she right for Captain Marvel? That’s the tricky, sticky little question. After all, small roles in The Expendables 3, Entourage, and Furious 7 do not a leading lady make. For all of her impressive physical presence and command of the ring, we haven’t seen any evidence that she’s ready to lead a movie in a franchise that has been built upon charismatic, funny main characters. Rousey could be a good actress, but we haven’t seen actual proof of that yet.
To be fair, Rousey does acknowledge her lack of experience in that quote above. With Peter Berg’s Mile 22 and a remake of Road House on her plate, she has two chances to prove herself to the powers that be. After all, the Captain Marvel movie isn’t even due in theaters until November 2, 2018. She’s got time to work on her chops.
Let’s get personal for a second. I like Rousey. I like anyone who defends a gender-swapped Road House remake by saying “I really don’t think that any other man could be the Sways.” However, there are qualities that are key to making Captain Marvel work and I’m not sure if she has them. At least not yet.
Carol Danvers is a military veteran whose every decision as a superhero is defined by her years of combat experience. She is a leader, a tactician, and a warrior, but she is also noble, thoughtful, and kind. That combination may be familiar to anyone who grew up with military men and women in their lives. These are the bravest, toughest people you’ve ever met, but their choice to devote their lives to serving a cause bigger than themselves is more quietly impressive than being able to wield a weapon.
Like Captain America, Captain Marvel is a character defined by the fact that she’s a soldier. Rousey has got the physical violence thing down, but nothing she has done so far has hinted at that she can play a wise leader who has made a career out of making tough, moral decisions where lives hang in the balance. Maybe someday, but not yet. At the risk of jumping on the fan-casting bandwagon, Emily Blunt seems more in tune with what this character requires. Rebecca Ferguson, too.
Still, someone should totally cast Rousey as another Marvel superhero. After all, it’s about time a real superhuman got the chance to suit up in one of these movies.Cool Posts From Around the Web: