It’s starting to sound like nobody is really locked-in for the Captain Marvel role, as Kevin Feige recently stated an announcement won’t be coming until next year. New comments via IGN, seemingly give the impression they won’t even pursue actresses until they have a script in their hands to figure-out the type of actor they want for Carol Danvers.
That didn’t stop the Marvel Studios head to comment on the recent campaign from fighter turned actress Ronda Rousey (22 Mile, Expendables 3, Furious 7, Road House) to take the lead.
“I love it,” he told me of Rousey’s campaign during an interview at Los Angeles’ Hero Complex Gallery promoting the October 2nd Blu-ray release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. “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.”
“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,” Feige said. “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.”
Basically, he doesn’t say they will or won’t hire Ronda, but if she is a good fit for the character Marvel very well might consider her.
It’s interesting to see Kevin mention casting Chris Hemsworth and Dave Bautista, in contrast to Ronda’s campaign. The two were basically unknown for their lead acting work when hired for rather large parts. Hemsworth had been best known for only a small cameo in Star Trek, not unlike Rousey’s recent cameo work in the billion dollar hit Furious 7. I’m betting she’s not a shoe-in, but I wouldn’t count her out either, as fellow MMA fighter Gina Carano was once considered for the Gamora role. They also need an actress who would be willing to commit to at least six films, something that could be a huge problem for actresses in pursuit of awards or other big studio parts.