Friday, January 16, 2015

Captain Marvel Casting

We won’t see Captain Marvel until the Summer of 2018. That is three and a half years away. It gives MARVEL Studios plenty of time to make their casting decision for Carol Danvers. Unfortunately for us, that gives us way to much time to wonder who will be Captain Marvel. Some lists of potentials have already been published. And without going into too many details, most of what I have seen have been okay. Some names are pretty obvious, but others… All I can say is, “Really?”
So, how do I put together my list? Firstly, there is plenty of time for an unknown or little known actress to have a breakout moment, or get noticed by the right people and make my and every other list irrelevant. Marvel has done well with its casting so you know whoever is chosen will be the right choice.
Now back to the list. In the comics Carol is Caucasian and blonde. So… most likely the actress who gets picked will be white. But outside of the comic reading culture, she is not very well known. So there is always the outside chance a person of color could be chosen. Another Captain Marvel who was not Carol Danvers and had different powers was an African American woman. So again, not impossible.
I’m also considering the average age for an Air Force Captain being 27. (Internet research but it sounds about right) So let’s say, late 20s to mid 30s. But the point is, Carol does not have to be in her twenties. Also, Danvers is Captain Marvel for the same reason Captain America is a Captain. She is actually a Captain, a commissioned Air Force officer. Anyway, in my mind that kinda makes anyone who looks like they just got out of high school not look quite right.

So... on with my picks.

Here is the obvious choice that is on every list and honestly, my first pick as well. Being Kara Thrace, (aka Starbuck) on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series is more then enough to qualify Katee Sackhoff. She also expressed an ongoing interest in the role and has been backed up by lots of fans for a while now.

I would say that she is the next best option. Arguably, Charlize Theron could be the best actress for the role considering her career and skills as a performer. To say she an be dedicated to a role is an understatement. Let's also not forget how willing she is to transform herself for roles.

It's hard not to mention Emily Blunt in this discussion. She nails her role in the sci-fi genera with her performance in Edge Of Tomorrow. Yeah, the Tom Cruise film that not a lot of people gave a try at the box office. Sadly, I'm one of the ones who took a pass on it. It's actually really good. REALLY GOOD. You should give it a chance now that it is out on video. On a side note, Blunt was the first choice to play the Black Widow in Iron Man II but has scheduling conflicts. She was also the front runner to play Peggy Carter but turned the role down. Marvel likes her.

Of everyone on this list, she has the most nerd cred besides Katee Sackhoff. And like Sackhoff's Starbuck, you could mold Torres' Zoe Washburn (Firefly, Serenity) into Carol Danvers very easily. Plus she is a skilled and seasoned actress. Let's also not forget the Joss Whedon connection here.
If Aisha Tyler she were Carol Danvers, I could really imagine her saying that she likes punching things and Star Wars convincingly. Actually, I'd find that convincing if she said that as herself. A hard core gamer and friend of the nerd/geek world, you can be certain Aisha Tyler would do her best to do Captain Marvel justice.

She's already been in one comic franchise. And maybe it's time she headlined her own. Maggie Gyllenhall has taken on some seriously good roles. Like her brother, a lot of them have been in indie flicks. But she has the caliber to do justice to a major comic book movie.
The Hunger Games has done a lot to showcase strong female leads. Jena Malone has plenty of experience. She can bring the attitude and humor to the Carol Danvers role.
You might be more familiar with Natalie Dormer  from her role as Margaery Martel on Game Of Thrones and most recently as Cressida in Mockingjay Part 1. Shes also been the subject of fan theories that Marvel has already locked her down for the role. I have not seen her in that many things myself, but I can see why she is a fan favorite for the role.

She is not a stranger to Whedon projects. And she technically has already played a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the mother of Sky in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But why not? Dollhouse proved she can handle various kinds of roles.

Have you seen Orphan Black? I think it is safe to say she could pull off almost any role. Tatiana might be a bit of a stretch being on the smaller side, size wise, compared to my other picks, but she has been really impressive in Orphan Black, playing multiple clones with different personalities.

There are no doubt other great choices out there. I just haven't seen everyone and everything so forgive me if I neglect anyone. If I were to bet any money, I'd say Sackhoff, Theron, and Blunt are the most likely. Of course MARVEL could always go will a lesser or unknown name. But we'll see.

Comments and suggestions are appreciated and encouraged. 

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