Marvel Studios recently announced their plans for their cinematic universe right up until 2019. We can expect solo films for Captain America, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Thor. While team up films will include the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Inhumans and The Avengers, but the one that really intrigues is Captain Marvel.
This will be the first time Marvel have made a female led superhero film, and will follow DC’s own Wonder Woman film which will be released in 2017. Captain Marvel will head to cinemas a full year after Wonder Woman, in 2018, but it is likely we will see the character cameo in another Marvel film, with an educated guess putting her in either Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or Avengers: Infinity War Part I. Online speculation is rife over who will play Captain Marvel, but now I will cast my eye over three potential actresses who would fit the role.
Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is one of the most powerful superheroes in the Marvel universe and has allegiances with the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Inhumans and The Avengers. She originally appeared as a supporting character in the comic books when Captain Marvel was indeed a man, but gained access to his powers and took the title Captain Marvel to honour his name. She also likes to punch things and watch Star Wars, making her somewhat of a badass. Below are three actresses I think would suit the role.
Olivia Wilde is an actress I have a lot of admiration for, and yes, those who pay particular attention to this blog will know I also had her pegged as a perfect fit for DC’s Wonder Woman film. She has a varied career in film and TV, and has mixed up her CV with roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as Tron: Legacy and Cowboys & Aliens, while also doing lower key affairs such as Rush and Drinking Buddies. Meanwhile, she certainly has the look of a superhero and her competent blend of comedy and drama would see Wilde as an excellent fit, in among the multiple Chris’ of the Marvel universe.
Emily Blunt was originally due to play the Black Widow in Marvel’s Iron Man 2, but had to pull out due to conflicting schedules with another film. Obviously Marvel had belief in her, and Blunt has said since that if the part were right that she would love to step into the role of a superhero. Blunt showed off her muscles in this years Edge of Tomorrow, and was excellent in Looper, while roles in Charlie Wilson’s War and The Adjustment Bureau showcased her various talents and proved that she can hold her own with some of the biggest male stars in Hollywood.
Perhaps the most obvious choice, and judging by internet fanboys reactions, then also the most popular choice so far. Sackhoff made her name in Battlestar Galactica as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace and proved herself to be more alpha than many of the men in the show, a trait that will come in handy when standing toe to toe with Thor and Captain America. Sackhoff has also appeared in 24, Riddick and Oculus but she is still awaiting the role that would make her a household name, and Captain Marvel would be an excellent way to do just that.