Ever since Marvel announced their massive Phase Three slate back in October, there has been plenty of speculation about who will play Captain Marvel. A number of actresses have been rumored for the role, such as Vikings star Katheryn Winnick, Jessica Chastain, Katee Sackhoff and Emily Blunt. As of now, the project doesn't even have a director attached yet, but Marvel did bring on Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) to write the script. Today, a new rumor surfaced from Meet the Movie Press, that claims Emily Blunt has in fact signed on as Captain Marvel.
This hasn't been confirmed yet, but Heroic Hollywood's El Mayimbe believes that Marvel is "aiming higher" for the role of Carol Danvers. Back in April, a report surfaced that the studio wanted Charlize Theron to star as Captain Marvel, with Angelina Jolie eyed to direct. The report was never confirmed, but there was another rumor that surfaced in February that claimed the studio offered Angelina Jolie a whopping $20 million to direct the superhero movie.
Another thing to take into consideration is that it may even be too soon to talk about casting. It isn't known if Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve have finished the screenplay yet, and the studio may be looking for a director before they start their casting search. Captain Marvel doesn't hit theaters until November 2, 2018, so there is still plenty of time to find a star and a filmmaker for this highly-anticipated project. Captain Marvel is certainly an important property for the studio, since it has taken heat over the past few years for its lack of female-driven superhero adventures.
Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, first debuted in 1968's "Marvel Super-Heroes" #13. She was a U.S. Air Force security chief who is transformed into Captain Marvel following an explosion that involved Kree technology. Among Captain Marvel's powers are superhuman strength and the ability to fly after her DNA was infused with a Kree alien. Given the character's connection to Kree alien technology, it's possible that she could show up in Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, one of the last Phase Three movies.
Emily Blunt most recently starred in Edge of Tomorrow and Into the Woods, and she will next be seen in Sicario, arriving in theaters September 25. Do you think Emily Blunt is the best choice to play Captain Marvel? Or do you think Charlize Theron is better suited for the role? Chime in with your thoughts, and check out this week's episode of Meet the Movie Press, with the Captain Marvel talk coming at the 33:40 mark.