While promoting the Blu-ray and DVD release of Avengers: Age of Ultron earlier this week, Kevin Feige held a Q&A session, where he spoke about a number of Marvel projects. After the Q&A, the producer and Marvel Studios President spoke with IGN, where he was asked about the news that UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey is interested in playing Captain Marvel. When asked what he thinks about her love for the character, Kevin Feige had this to say.
"I love it. That happens occasionally, and I think that's a testament more to the strength of the characters. Going back to my early days at Marvel, there were always various people campaigning to be Wolverine. I guess that was pre-Twitter and pre-Internet days, but still for some reason would pop up in Wizard Magazine. Wizard Magazine would always have 'this person wants to play this role!' It's a testament to how great the characters are that it appeals to such a wide range of talented, talented people."
Captain Marvel is set for release on November 2, 2018, so we still have more than three years before Marvel's first female-lead superhero movie hits theaters. While a director hasn't come on board yet, the studio has set Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve to write the script. Over the past year or so, several actresses have been rumored for the Captain Marvel role, including Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Katheryn Winnick and, most recently, Rebecca Ferguson, who is said to be the studio's top choice. The producer confirmed that they actually haven't started meeting actors quite yet, while discussing their casting process.
"You look at the ways we've cast our films in the past and it's always about who's the best person to inhabit the character, whether that is an actor like Chris Hemsworth who bulks up, or a wrestler like Dave Bautista who played Drax who ends up being an amazing performer, an amazing actor and a clever and witty and pointed comedic actor. For us, it's sitting down with people and starting to meet people and as the script takes shape and as we start to build who the character should be and finding the right person to match it up. We haven't necessarily started sitting down with people yet and meeting on that part."
During a separate interview with MTV, the producer revealed that there won't be any casting announcements for Captain Marvel this year, while executive producer Jeremy Latcham added that it is important the studio and the writers get the character right first, before worrying about the casting. Kevin Feige teased that they will also use this time to figure out what other Phase Three movies Carol Danvers will be utilized in. Jeremy Latcham also admitted that they do pay attention to what the fans want.
"For me, we always have a clear sense of who we want to cast and who we're interested in. We have amazing casting directors - Sarah Finn, who's been with us since Iron Man - but at the same time, when a fan list comes out, we read it, we go through it, we read the comments, we look at who people like. Sometimes it's really enlightening. Sometimes it's the exact same person that they've been saying over and over again that we don't think is right. It's always fun to kinda go through it and see what people are up to."
It isn't known if Jeremy Latcham was referring to Captain Marvel, in terms of a fan-favorite who they don't think is right. Could he be referring to Emily Blunt or Charlize Theron, two actresses who have long been rumored to be a contender? We don't know for sure, but fans can take it to heart that, if you have picks for who you want to see in certain Marvel movies, chances are Kevin Feige and Jeremy Latcham will read them.