6 Actresses We'd Love to See Play Captain Marvel
Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard made headlines this week when she said that she would love to play Captain Marvel, AKA Carol Danvers, in Marvel's upcoming movie adaptation. While we're sure Bryce would make a great Carol, it got us thinking about what other actresses we'd like to see take on the role. Here's what we came up with.
Anyone who saw Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow knows that she is now a bona fide action star. Her role as the so-called "full metal bitch" saw her slaying aliens with a futuristic halberd with all the precision of a seasoned military tactician (Danvers gets her start in the Air Force in the comics), while still showcasing her character's charismatic human side as well. This is important given that Captain Marvel, at least in the comics, receives her powers from a Kree alien and has to deal with influence from two worlds.
Probably the biggest star on our list, Lawrence seems to be getting out of the science fiction/action game with her roles in both the Hunger Games and X-Men franchises coming to an end after their respective next films, but that doesn't mean that Marvel wouldn't still love to have her. We know that she can do physically-demanding roles, we know she can carry a movie (she's the highest-grossing female action star ever), we know she can act (she won the Best Actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook), but what really sets her apart is her sense of humor. Her films haven't tapped into her natural gift for laughs as much as they should, but we're betting the snarky Marvel Cinematic Universe would really give her a chance to shine.
There's already a strong online campaign to see Katee in the role, and it's not hard to see why. The Battlestar Galactica star bears a striking resemblance to the modern design of the character, but that's not all. She also has comic book experience already as a voice actor in the video game Spider-Man: Edge of Time and the animated film Batman: Year One, in addition to numerous science fiction and horror roles, so you know that she would fit right in with the rabid Comic-Con fan base.
Current "It Girl" Margot Robbie has been on fire following her star-making turn in The Wolf of Wall Street, and is set to star in DC Comics' upcoming Suicide Squad, but there's no rule saying a person can't be in two different comic book franchises (we're looking at you, Chris Evans). There aren't many actresses as buzzed about at the moment as Robbie, and bringing her significant acting chops on board would be quite a coup for Marvel, albeit an unlikely one.
Rousey is a relative newcomer to the acting scene, but if Marvel wants an intimidating Captain Marvel who knows how to fight, there's no better choice. Ronda is a real-life UFC fighter, and a champion one at that, who currently outshines any male in the sport. She has serious star power as an athlete and is building an impressive movie resume with roles in the Expendables and Fast and Furious franchises. Her crossover appeal is drawing comparisons to the current king of action movies, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and her expendables co-star Terry Crews thinks she's poised to "rule Hollywood." Marvel would be wise to strike while the iron is hot, and if they want someone who can believably stand side-by-side with Thor and the Hulk in a fight, Rousey is a great choice.
Just because Carol Danvers is white with blonde hair and blue eyes in the comics doesn't mean she has to look like that in the movie. In fact, Marvel, who has received criticism for a lack of diversity in its films, seems to be actively pursuing a more diverse roster in its future films with the recent Doctor Strange castings of Tilda Swinton in the traditionally male role of The Ancient One, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, playing Baron Mordo. But it's Rodriguez's abilities that are the real reason we'd like to see her don the Captain Marvel suit. She has the tough girl/hero role down better than any actress in Hollywood, and her roles in Avatar (as a pilot!) and the Fast and Furious series show that she's no stranger to blockbuster pressure.