ByDarren Teo, writer at
Born in Vancouver, raised in Singapore. Screenwriting Major at LMU's SFTV. Part time Seth Rogen body double.
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Set to be released 4th November 2018, [Captain Marvel](tag:949779), Marvel's first female-led franchise, is one of the most anticipated entries into the studio's canon.

And for good reason.

Speaking about Captain Marvel's (Carol Danvers') characterization, Comic Book writing veteran Gerry Conway stated:

"you might see a parallel between her quest for identity, and the modern woman's quest for raised consciousness, for self-liberation, for identity"

So besides having the standard superhero duty of saving the free world, Ms. Danvers apparently has the added duty of being a symbol for contemporary feminism and female empowerment.

Here are 8 actresses who could do Captain Marvel justice.

1. Ronda Rousey

Ok, all saw this one coming. Most say that she's ill equipped to have the role due to her limited acting experience. I don't disagree. I do, however, think that her personality is already intrinsically similar to a Captain Marvel type!

Plus, Marvel would be saving a lot on SFX. I mean, she doesn't need a stunt double.

2. Charlize Theron

Have you seen [Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445)?...

Theron has had her share of roles in action movies. From Aeon Flux to Prometheus, it's established that she can handle herself on the big screen. But when she played Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury road? I mean...come on. No other actress can portray the extremis of human physicality like she can.

3. Halle Berry

Following the critical and commercial success of her box-office hit Catwoman...ok so it wasn't great. But save for that, Berry has established herself as a bonafide action star. She was a Bond girl! SHE'S STORM!

I think Mrs. Berry should have the chance to redeem herself.

4. Jennifer Lawrence

This one seems like an obvious choice for Marvel. She's vetted as a phenomenal actress. She tests well with almost every demographic. She can hold her own in blockbusters and Oscar bait alike. AND SHE'S KATNISS!

If there's one trait that makes Lawrence a frontrunner it's her girl-next-door, super cool vibe. She's perfect for grounding the character. She's the Super and Human in 'Superhuman.'

5. Natalie Dormer

I want to say she's the most sought-after actress in Hollywood right now, because she should be. This woman has range. From her breakout role in Game of Thrones to her turn on Mocking Jay (I & II), who better to play a multi-faceted woman than a woman who is practically in everything right now.

6: Emily Blunt

I'm pretty sure that few in Hollywood would have pegged Blunt as a typecast for an Action film when she made her acting debut. That being said, with Edge of Tomorrow and Sicario under her belt, I think it's safe to say she can handle her own. I'm just wondering why she hasn't been cast in a superhero franchise sooner.

7: Tatiana Maslany

Most know Maslany from the TV series Orphan Black.

Truth be told, there isn't much else you need to know. Her role as 10 different clones (all with their own inherent, unique personalities, might I add) is a revelation. She can act. Whether she can play Captain Marvel? That remains to be seen...

But don't you wanna find out?

8: Maggie Q

Q strikes me as one of the most underrated female action leads of our time. She's helmed her own espionage series Nikita, as well as various roles in blockbuster hits like Mission: Impossible III and the Divergent series. Why hasn't she been given a lead role in an action film?

Also, Miss Q is a certified bad ass. She does her own stunts! She was trained by Jackie Chan! She blew out her eardrum while filming an explosive stunt!


While I think these women are the best candidates, they are only just some choices in the grand scheme of Marvel's casting plans. Whether one of these actresses ends up as Carol Danvers or not, one thing is for certain...Whoever ends up playing Captain Marvel will have a lot more than the weight of the world on her shoulders.

...Especially Halle Berry...

...Because Catwoman.

Disclaimer: I'm aware that some of these women don't resemble the comic book version of Carol Danvers. My intention was to suggest strong actresses who would aptly portray the ideological, and not so much physical, characteristics of Captain Marvel in the film adaptation.



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