13 Actresses Considered to Play Captain Marvel Before Brie Larson was Cast
October 1, 2018
first trailer for hit the web last month, and we haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Captain Marvel (a.k.a. Colonel Carol Susan Jane Danvers a.k.a. Binary a.k.a. Warbird, etc.) has been labeled “Marvel’s biggest female hero” AND “quite possibly Marvel’s mightiest Avenger,” so how could we NOT be excited?! Captain Marvel
Brie Larson looks absolutely PERFECT in the part… but did you know she was far from the first person rumored to be in the running for Miss Danvers, the one who may be the Avengers’ only hope in saving the world? Yes, there are actually 13 actresses who were reportedly considered for the role. And here they are, in all their glory:
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Shailene Woodley once expressed her interest in starring in a Marvel project, telling , "I would love to be in a superhero movie if it was Marvel... Their movies are MTV News so much fun to watch and they just take you on a ride, and I love how they're all interconnected."
This, of course, led to rumors that the
Divergent actress could be in the running for the part of Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Captain Marvel)... but we haven't heard any confirmation of that.
In any case, we bet Shai was proud to learn that Brie snagged the part. After all, they
Spectacular Now co-stars are real-life BFFs! "When Shai and I met each other, it was boom! We understood each other instantly," Brie told in 2014. "We're the lighthouse for each other: the beam that stays focused and guides you home." New York magazine
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Jennifer Lawrence referred to her Hunger Games character, Katniss Everdeen, as the "best female character ever," it doesn't seem like she's opposed to portraying another kick-ass heroine.
Prior to the release of the final
THG film, Mockingjay — Part 2, the Oscar-winning star was rumored to be in the running to play Captain Marvel. So, someone had to ask (via ), "Would you want to play in the same sandbox with Comic Book Resources Bradley Cooper and Chris Pratt (who are both part of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise)?"
"Well, yes! I would love to play in a sandbox with those two," she exclaimed. But all mentions of Carol Danvers, specifically, were left out of her response.
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Hunger Games co-star, Natalie Dormer, was also a fan favorite to portray Captain Marvel, especially since she made a small appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger as Private Lorraine. Some fans even went so far as to tie in that role into Carol Danvers' storyline!
Needless to say, there was at least one question about that during Nat's
Reddit AMA in 2014. "So many people want you to be Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel film," wrote user whybotherrr. "Have you heard anything of it, or have opinions on it?"
Strangely, while she answered a good chunk of questions, she
completely skipped over that one. Interesting...
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It's no surprise that
Emily Blunt's name was thrown into the mix for Captain Marvel. The actress was, reportedly, originally cast as Black Widow in Iron Man 2 AND offered the part of Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, but decided to turn both of them down.
However, talk of her inclusion in
Captain Marvel was news to her until she started promoting her role in Into the Woods. While speaking to , she said she became aware of the rumors that very day in November 2014, saying, "Somebody told me about it this morning! I knew because my brother told me." Screen Crush
She said it was only fan casting, though... Nevertheless, it's not like a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is out of the question. "I think, it's always for me, it's always about — and now, more so — what am I putting out there? What would be interesting for me and what would be interesting for people to see," she continued. "So, if it's an awesome part, it doesn’t matter if it's a Marvel movie or a tiny movie, I'd be up for it."
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Charlize Theron, who played Emily's on-screen sister in The Huntsman: Winter's War, was also name-dropped as a potential to play the female superhero... when Angelina Jolie's name was dropped as the potential director!
According to an
OK! magazine (via ) in May 2015, "Marvel has been courting Angie to direct the project and Charlize is a clear fan favorite for the starring role. If Charlize were to get the part, Angie would almost certainly sign on to work with her new pal." Wow, that would've been somethin'. Yahoo!
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Yes, all the leading ladies of the
Chris Hemsworth-led The Huntsman: Winter's War were rumored to be in the running for Captain Marvel — a fun coincidence, considering he plays Thor — including his Huntsman love interest, Jessica Chastain.
The redheaded actress once confirmed she'd been in talks with Marvel, telling
, "We've talked about aligning our forces in the future. And here's the thing with me: If you're going to be in a superhero movie, you only get one chance. You're that character forever. So why do a superhero movie and play the boring civilian?" MTV News
You know who's not a boring civilian? Captain Marvel, that's who!
HOWEVER, soon after the speculation, Jessica dispelled the rumors,
tweeting, "Oops uh oh....I've never had talks about Captain Marvel. Was referring to a different film from over a year ago, in my recent MTV interview." Welp, that's that.
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Bryce Dallas Howard
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Jessica Chastain's doppelgänger,
Bryce Dallas Howard, couldn't hide her excitement about the thought of portraying Carol Danvers. When asked the CinemaBlend Jurassic World actress if there were any franchises she hoped to be a part of in the future, she quickly replied, "Marvel movie." So, when the interviewer suggested that she could be a good fit for the role of Captain Marvel, she freaked out about the possibility!
"Oh my god, will you write that? Will you write that please? Yes, let's start a campaign now," she exclaimed. "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."
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During an appearance on
, the talk-show host broached the topic of Olivia's involvement in The Late Late Show with James Corden Captain Marvel; apparently, it was a rumor.
Her response? "That's the thing about the inter-web, isn't it? People can come up with ideas and suggest them and it kind of becomes a snowball."
But that doesn't mean she wasn't interested. "Of course, I was thrilled," she continued. "I think that would be amazing, but I had nothing to do with it."
Sadly, no one ever contacted her about the opportunity... at least at the time of her appearance on the show. "But I haven't checked my phone in a while," she added.
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The actress from
The Greatest Showman was once considered a frontrunner for the part of Carol Danvers. Following the success of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, her name was at the top of everyone's list to play Marvel's biggest female superhero. Makes sense — that woman clearly knows how to kick butt!
But many cite Rebecca's busy schedule as the potential reason for her lack of inclusion in this particular Marvel story; that schedule included
The Girl on the Train with Emily Blunt.
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Reddit AMA, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey was asked which superhero she would like to play in a movie. Her response: "well... a lot of the good ones have been taken, but I'd like to vie for Miss Marvel."
And President of Marvel Studios
Kevin Feige was ecstatic to learn that she was interested, saying, "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."
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Long ago, in February 2011,
Dexter actress Yvonne Strahovski was rumored to be in the running for the coveted Captain Marvel lead.
According to a now-defunct fansite called
Strahotski (via ), "a protected source inside Marvel" named the blonde beauty as THE actress to be cast in the role, which has now been filled by Brie Larson. Wonder what happened there. A case of wishful thinking, perhaps? Screen Rant
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Vikings actress Katheryn Winnick is totally down to star in a superhero film. When asked her if she had any interest in joining the world of comic book films, she gushed, "I would love to. Oh wow, there's so many. I'm such a fan of comic books. I grew up reading them. They were my idols. Like, these characters came to life for me. I don't think there's one in particular either... I would love to play an action hero." IGN
In regards to playing Carol Danvers, in particular, she smiled, saying, "If Marvel calls, I'll pick up the phone."
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Last on our list is
Katee Sackhoff. The actress once admitted that she'd taken meetings with Marvel Studios. Naturally, that led many to assume that she could play the Cap'n. However, in an interview with Playboy (via ), she was asked if she would like to reprise the role of Felicia Hardy (a.k.a. Black Cat) in the MCU, who's originally a super Cinema Blend villain in the universe. To that, she exclaimed, "Oh, 100% I'd do that! I love playing characters who are multilayered and multidimensional and have a darkness to them, which makes them more realistic and more fun to play." Not exactly a campaign to play Carol Danvers.