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‘Captain Marvel’ Casting: 10 Actresses Who Could Play Carol Danvers

With Marvel’s recent announcement of Captain Marvel, we now know that another female superhero film is officially in the works — making that a total of… two female-led superhero films. (Two is better than zero, but we can do better, guys!) Of course, the other superheroine I’m referring to is Wonder Woman, with Gal Gadot leading Wonder Woman in 2017.

After that, Marvel will release Captain Marvel in 2018.

We still have a lot of superhero movies to watch before then, but since every other media outlet is doing it, I decided to fancast the Captain Marvel movie.

In the past, Captain Marvel has been a white man, a black woman, a bisexual woman, and a white woman. The current Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers, a blonde-haired and blue-eyed white woman, but I didn’t rule out the possibility of an actress of color playing her, especially when the first female Captain Marvel — Monica Rambeau — was black. The likelihood of Marvel hiring an actress of color is very small, but at the same time I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility or such a huge leap in logic. Just like Michael B. Jordan being cast in Fantastic Four as The Human Torch or Marvel hiring Samuel L. Jackson to play Nick Fury (both characters are white in the comics), the essence of the character does not depend on race. Plus, the Marvel universe could use more color.

Here are 10 actresses who could play Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers.

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Emily Blunt

The Edge of Tomorrow and Devil Wears Prada actress was Marvel’s first choice to play Black Widow but due to scheduling problems Emily Blunt did Gulliver’s Travels instead. (Yeah. I know.) Captain Marvel would be the perfect opportunity for Marvel to redeem themselves. Blunt has proven herself to be a capable action heroine in the past. She was excellent in Edge of Tomorrow as a mentor and authority figure for Tom Cruise’s character. That authoritativeness could be useful in playing Carol Danvers, a fighter pilot who is determined and hard-working and is often put in a leadership position (such as leading The Avengers). Plus, Blunt had a very powerful presence in The Devil Wears Prada, practically stealing the movie. I definitely have faith in Emily Blunt’s ability to carry a franchise and she seems like a very obvious choice for Marvel since she’s been on their radar in the past.

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Brie Larson

Brie Larson was on the shortlist of actresses to play Sarah Connor in the Terminator reboot, so at least we know she would be up for starring in an action movie franchise. We also know that Marvel wants some semblance of acting talent behind their characters and Larson proved herself to be one of Hollywood’s most talented young actresses in Short Term 12 last year. Plus, Larson’s experience doing comedy — she guest starred on Community as Abed’s love interest, she played a high school student in 21 Jump Street, she was virtually unrecognizable in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, etc. — could only be an asset since Marvel movies tend to have some funny moments. Larson would be in her late twenties by the time Captain Marvel was being filmed so she would also be in the perfect age range to play Carol Danvers.

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Margot Robbie

The Wolf of Wall Street actress could be a serious contender for the role considering all of the movies she’s lined up recently, meaning she must be very in-demand. While Margot Robbie is only in her early twenties in real life, she tends to look older and more mature for her age (I wouldn’t have guessed she was only 23 last year when The Wolf of Wall Street came out.) More importantly, she has the perfect look if we’re going by the comic books — blonde hair and blue eyes. Although we haven’t seen much from Robbie, she had a strong showing in The Wolf of Wall Street and she’s been cast in a ton of films since then, including Z for Zachariah and Tarzan. It’ll be interesting to see how she performs in Focus, the upcoming Will Smith movie, but I think she has what it takes to play Captain Marvel. Beautiful and talented, she has a commanding on-screen presence, and that’s exactly what Marvel should be looking for.

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Emmy Rossum

I can’t sing Emmy Rossum’s praises enough. She’s one of the most underrated actresses on television and she should have probably won an Emmy by now for her role as Fiona Gallagher on Showtime’s Shameless (alas, she hasn’t even been nominated once!). I don’t think a brunette Carol Danvers should be off the table, but Rossum could easily dye her hair or wear a blonde wig. I’m merely going by Rossum’s performance on Shameless, but I really think she could pull off a superhero movie. The only drawback is that Rossum has made some questionable decisions in the past when it comes to her movie career (see: Beautiful Creatures and Dragonball: Evolution).

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Oona Chaplin

No, she’s not blonde or blue-eyed and she’s more olive-skinned than Carol Danvers as portrayed in the comic books, but Oona Chaplin is a pretty fantastic actress. Forget about her in Game of Thrones for a moment, because Talisa was a completely nothing character. Instead, go binge-watch The Hour where she plays a discarded housewife or Dates where she plays an enigmatic (and somewhat bitchy) woman on the dating scene. While this isn’t a very realistic choice, I think Chaplin could do very well in the Marvel cinematic universe — even if it’s not as Carol Danvers.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw has had a tremendous year with Belle and Beyond the Lights. I first knew about her from Undercovers, NBC’s short-lived action-drama about a pair of married CIA agents. She’s a bit of an unknown, but like Chris Hemsworth in the first Thor movie, unknowns can do pretty well. I don’t expect Mbatha-Raw to be on the shortlist, however, considering she isn’t white — although I would love for it to happen. Maybe we could see her play Misty Knight in the Iron Fist Netflix series or the female lead in the Black Panther movie or any number of supporting characters in the upcoming movies announced by Marvel.

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Jessica Chastain

It goes without saying that Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain is a remarkable actress with a very impressive resume. Maybe it’s time for her to tackle a Marvel property? And what role is more befitting than Carol Danvers. Plus, Chastain already looks like a superhero, if you ask me.

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Jamie Chung

If you want an example of Jamie Chung’s capabilities as a dramatic actress, then stream Eden on Netflix. Or you can watch her be a badass in Once Upon A Time, Sucker Punch, or Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Chung is an unlikely choice but I would love to see her in a superhero film regardless.

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Claire Holt

Claire Holt probably as the lowest profile out of all the actresses on this list. She’s a CW star whose credits include Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries, as well as its spin-off series The Originals. However, I could easily see her playing Captain Marvel, as easily as I could see her playing Kara Zor-El in the upcoming Supergirl TV show.

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Diane Kruger

I’m not too enthused by Diane Kruger as Carol Danvers but considering her show was just canceled, it means she’s at least available.

  • Robin S.

    I vote for Emily Blunt! Unfortunately, I don’t think they will pick her. And that’s too far into the future for me anyway.

    • Emily Blunt is my choice, as well. She was such a badass in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and she had the muscles.

      • cama

        Yes please at Emily Blunt. And she’s already been in talks with Marvel even though those went nowhere and she’s a great actress.

  • cama

    Anna Torv, Katee Sackhoff are the best options. I could see Margot Robbie because she has an older face for someone who is 23. Gugu would be an inspired choice but I doubt the MCU would go that route.

    • I’ve seen Anna Torv’s name being thrown around but I never watched ‘Fringe’ so I have no opinion on her being cast. I wouldn’t mind Katee Sackhoff. I know a lot of fans are vouching for her.

      • cama

        Anna started off a bit shaky but when she grew into the role, playing multiple versions of two people, she was fantastic. And she’s a solidly-built woman, tall and can be quite muscular, which I think is necessary for Carol. I would love Katee as well, although I know most don’t think she’s a solid enough actress. But she’d be great, I think.

  • AcesCharles

    Out of this list, I’d have to go with Emily Blunt. That said, I think the obvious front runner should be Yvonne Strahovski.

    Also, Marvel has already confirmed Captain Marvel will be the Carol Danvers version, so the chances of them casting a woman of color is pretty much zilch. It can still happen but I wouldn’t count on it

  • Rolf P T Hartmann

    Katheryn Winnick would be a good pick.

    • I haven’t seen ‘Vikings’ but she looks pretty damn fierce.

      • Rolf P T Hartmann

        Just on that show she has shown a great range where Lagertha is in turn a loving and utterly protective wife and mother, an inspiring leader adored even by those outside her village, and quite intelligent and capable of both ruthlessness or compassion. Arguably the best female character on TV right now.
        Beyond that Katheryn Winnick has been great in many other, mainly smaller, projects, and her martial arts background is something that the others can not match nor catch up to with the usual several weeks of training. It’s just too bad it’s only recently that she has been given a really terrific showcase.

        • Sounds like she would be a good choice. I feel like they’ll go for someone who’s a little more famous, though.

    • Rolf P T Hartmann

      I would also add Rachel Nichols.

  • theatregeek

    Katee Sackhoff. She’s sort of tailor made for this kind of role. Emily Blunt and Margot Robbie would be good choices too though. I like the prospect of Brie Larson (how ridiculously good was she in Short Term 12??), though she does seem a bit young for the role.

    • Brie Larson is 25 right now but she would be 29 by the time ‘Captain Marvel’ came out.

      • theatregeek

        I know, but she is just someone with a very youthful look. And if they are portraying her as “Captain” instead of “Ms” then they are likely looking for someone in their 30s, or at least looks more mature. The movie comes out in 2018, which means it would likely shoot in 2016, when Larson is 27. By the looks of things she is still going to have that youthful quality in two years time.

  • Vegetahkyte

    Amber Heard anyone?

  • jale

    Katheryn Winnick or Yvonne Strahovski!

  • mlander80

    She’d need an acting coach or two, but as far as look and presence, Ronda Rousey would be a pretty damn good fit

  • V

    Claire Holt!!

  • Daniel Matamoros

    Brie Larson, yes, yes, YES!

  • Mystique99

    Y’know, maybe you should put in actresses who are most likely to be CD, rather than actresses YOU would like as CD……