Few would argue that Marvel really seems to have this whole shared universe thing down. With now 11 films under their belt, they’ve yet to have a box office failure, and even critically, their cache of movies maintains a fairly high bar. Yet one aspect in which they seem to be lacking is the female superhero department. Yes, Marvel does have Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, but that’s one character. And they haven’t been confident enough to give the ladies their due in a female-led property. Late last year, Marvel set to rectify this problem when they announced the film Captain Marvel, which follows Carol Danvers, whose powers are based in the cosmic realm of the Cinematic Universe.
Since the announcement, there has been a bevy of potential candidates thrown around to play Captain Marvel including Jessica Chastain (Interstellar), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), and Emily Blunt (Edge Of Tomorrow). However, no one has really spoken out about wanting to play the iconic female superhero until now.
While promoting her latest film, Jurassic World, actress Bryce Dallas Howard sat down with Cinema Blend, who asked her what’s another franchise she hoped to be a part of. Without hesitation, she said a “Marvel movie.” When the media outlet suggested the role of Captain Marvel, Howard’s enthusiasm was evident in her response.
“Oh my God, will you write that? Will you write that please? Yes, let’s start a campaign now. That would be rad. Those movies are so fantastic, because talk about just these incredibly drawn characters! That’s the joy of the comics, is that you fall in love with these characters and it’s who they are that carries you from journey to journey to journey… it’s not just about set pieces. It’s really about who these people are, and so, yes, I just would love to be in a Marvel film.”
This enthusiastic response may set off some alarms for some fans. While Howard is excited for the idea of the role, her excitement seems to be aimed exclusively at Marvel as a franchise, rather than Captain Marvel as a character. But it’s important to note that there are plenty of fantastic actors who don’t read the comics their characters are in. And who’s to say Howard won’t read the comic beforehand and fall in love with the character? Another concern some fans may have is that Howard is a natural redhead, but we can’t forget that she’s gone blond before. If you’ll remember, she took on the role of Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3.
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