If there’s one thing that Marvel are constantly hitting home runs on – aside from putting out increasingly mind-blowing films – it’s the casting of their heroes. Whether it’s for the A-list names like Spider-Man or Captain America, all the way down to the more obscure like Black Panther and Star-Lord, whoever is in charge of these calls in the MCU are on fire. Now, Marvel have a frontrunner for Captain Marvel, and she’s a damn good pick.
Frontrunner for Captain Marvel
The Hollywood hubbub seems to be united in saying that Brie Larson could be heading to the MCU, as the Oscar winner is currently the favourite to play Carol Danvers. It’s only fair that Marvel’s first female-fronted flick should have some serious star power, and the fact that they’re looking to get a serious actor rather than just another pretty face (we’re looking at you, whoever cast Wonder Woman) is very exciting.
With a script by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (co-writer of Inside Out) and rumours of either Niki Caro (Whale Rider, McFarland, USA) or Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) directing, this is a serious show of talent being eyed up by Marvel.
But, because there are more than a few smartarses here in the SquareEyed office, we’ve decided we could cast Captain Marvel better. So here are our picks for the five women who could out-Marvel Larson.
Already a hit with Disney thanks to her appearance in the likes of Into the Woods as well as the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns (a gritty, gothic, Batman-like sequel, we’re presuming) it makes sense for her to end up in the MCU sooner than later. She has proven she can kick ass in films like Sicario, Looper and Edge of Tomorrow, as well as flex those dramatic muscles (we’re excited to see what she does in The Girl on the Train). So come on Marvel. We know you love casting Brits as your heroes, this makes perfect sense!
Probably still leaving a bad taste in Hollywood’s mouth after the negative reaction her casting in Pan (and the terrible reviews of the film in general) received, Mara has shown off her range and greatness many times before, despite her young age. Her, The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo couldn’t be any more different, and Mara would certainly shine up front and centre in a Marvel movie, bringing something very different to the role than anyone else on this list.
We see Larson’s Oscar and raise it! Vikander has gone from strength to strength on the big screen, with incredible performances in the likes of The Danish Girl, The Man from UNCLE and as the show-stealing AI in Ex Machina. She’s got the range, she’s got the looks, the only problem is that she’s now tied up with starring in the new Tomb Raider reboot. We won’t complain too much though, as she’ll no doubt make an incredible Lara Croft.
She may have branded herself with the enemy by appearing in The Dark Knight Rises, but her acting chops cannot be denied. Incredible performances in the likes of Macbeth and Inception – and we’re really looking forward to seeing what she does in Assassin’s Creed – she’s a hot contender for a superhero return. Or maybe she’d be more comfortable as the film’s baddy… what if she was to play someone villainous like Cru or Deathbird? We’re calling it now!
The youngest of our picks at only 22, Ronan has been on an incredible, diverse run since she broke onto the scene. We think it’s only a matter of time before she gets snapped up in some capacity by Marvel or DC, but her age may be a factor. Not often you hear Hollywood complaining that a woman is “too young” for a role, but the argument should be that Danvers has been around the block once or twice. Sorry Ronan, but we’re sure that your time in the superhero spotlight is coming.