So we know that Emily Blunt was previously considered for the roles of Black Widow and Peggy Carter, and was apparently in the running for Catwoman too.
But this week, the Edge of Tomorrow star sat down and directly addressed the long-running rumours linking her to the role of Captain Marvel. The movie comes out in July 2018, but Marvel has yet to cast the lead.
In an interview with Vulture.com about musical Into The Woods, where she plays the Baker’s Wife, Blunt was asked about the prospect of her playing a superheroine. Here’s the relevant bits:
Okay, because you could have used saving Meryl Streep’s life [in The Devil Wears Prada] as a reason for them to cast you as Captain Marvel. You could have used that as prior superhero experience.
Oh! No one’s offered me that officially, so it’s … [laughs] very unofficial. I think it’s fan-casting, which is always very nice. But nothing official has been offered, for sure. If I get it, thank Meryl for it!
They talked to you before for Black Widow and Peggy Carter …
Yeah, but it was never the right time, really, and it just didn’t work out scheduling-wise with those two. It’s always a difficult thing to talk about, because it’s not fair to the actresses who ended up playing them, you know? It just wasn’t the right time.
The lack of an official offer doesn’t mean Blunt hasn’t been considered – though it’s worth noting that Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff has more or less admitted that she is (was?) also in the running for the role.
If you’re unfamiliar with the comics, Captain Marvel a.k.a. Carol Danvers, is an intergalactic superhero and former test pilot. Known at various times as Binary, Warbird and Ms Marvel, she has ties to The Avengers, as well as the alien Kree race teased at in Agents of SHIELD.
This is what she currently looks like:
It’s also worth considering what Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue Deconnick, whom we interviewed back in 2013, has to say about the character:
“I think the only person Carol now has anything to prove to is Carol. I think it’s living to her own high standards. I always say that I think she is…I think there is a shadow of her father that hangs over her.”
So: a superpowered, independent yet vulnerable leading lady with daddy issues. Is Blunt capable of pulling it off? I say – hell, yeah! Just look at her work in Edge of Tomorrow and Looper (2012), where she put on a very convincing Yank accent in the latter.
But let’s wait and see for an official announcement. Hollywood is a town full of denials, even when deals have been cast in stone – just look at how long it took Marvel to confirm Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Or how long Paul Rudd denied that he had been cast as Ant-Man.
What do you think – should Emily Blunt play Captain Marvel? Tell us!