With Spider-Man's suit already having been filled, there aren't too many vacant superhero roles around these days with more excitement surrounding them than that of the title role in Marvel's upcoming Captain Marvel. Speculation has been frenzied as to which of a catalog of hugely talented actresses will ultimately take the role, with the likes of Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer, Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski, Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff and Vikings' Katheryn Winnick all having been firm favorites at one time or another.
For many fans, though, there has only ever really been one choice for the role of Carol 'Captain Marvel' Danvers: and it's a woman who's already turned down the chance to play Peggy Carter and Black Widow...Edge of Tomorrow and (most recently) Sicario star Emily Blunt.
The big question, though?
Is Emily Blunt Really in Line to Play Captain Marvel?
After all, so many of these rumors ultimately transpire to be no more than wishful thinking on our part as fans, or as the machinations of an agent trying to raise their client's profile. With Blunt currently riding high as Hollywood's go-to action leading lady, however, the latter seems unlikely, and the former at the very least a plausible guess.
Thankfully, though, the Toronto International Film Festival is currently underway, and as part of her promotional duties for the soon-to-arrive Sicario, Blunt spoke to MTV News about just how much contact she's had from Marvel Studios about playing Captain Marvel.
The only problem?
It Sounds Like Emily Blunt ISN'T Going to Be Playing Captain Marvel Anytime Soon
Or, at least, there seems to have been absolutely no official contact:
"I’ve not had a phone call about it. Not one whisper of Captain Marvel has come my way. Promise. Promise promise. I don’t even know who Captain Marvel is!"
Now, while Blunt's suggestion that she doesn't even know who Captain Marvel is can probably be written off as a characteristically self-deprecating joke - she's spoken about the character in interviews before - it's still worth noting that as denials go, that's a pretty conclusive one (even if it does still leave a little wiggle room for the future).
Why Does That Matter, Though?
Well, in the short term, it arguably doesn't change the situation all that much. With Captain Marvel not currently set to hit our screens until 2018, there's a solid possibility that we won't see any casting announcement for a year or more, which in turn means that a lack of contact from Marvel Studios isn't necessarily all that surprising. After all, with the movie not set to debut for three more years, it makes sense that Kevin Feige and the gang would want to hold off to make sure that their new tentpole hero ends up being played by someone whose career is still very much on the up, and who will come with at least some box office credibility.
With Emily Blunt very much fitting that bill, however - to say nothing of the fact that Sicario acts as yet further proof of her inherent subtle-yet-physical bad-assery - it's probably best not to completely write her off just yet...even if she hasn't yet got that call...
What do you reckon, though?
via MTV News