Ever since the movie adaptation of Captain Marvel was announced over a year ago, people have been trying to fan cast who could potentially play as the strong, female superhero. Fans have spit out countless names, including Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, Emily Blunt, and even Emma Watson.
Throughout all the fan casts, though, there seems to be one actress that almost everyone would be okay with casting as Captain Marvel - Natalie Dormer.
Natalie Dormer has some action experience already from her roles in Game of Thrones, Rush, and Mockingjay, and she really is a terrific actress who could both look and play the part of Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel). Unfortunately, there is one bugga-boo: Natalie Dormer already appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During Captain America: The First Avenger, Dormer played Private Lorraine, one of Cap's fellow soldiers who tried to kiss him. Besides appearing in the background, this was about all we saw of Dormer in this movie. It was a rather large waste of such a great talent, if you ask me. Check out the scene, if you missed it:
But does her appearance in Captain America make it impossible for Dormer to play Captain Marvel in a few years? Of course not! You have to remember that Marvel inexplicably uses Stan Lee in every film as a completely different character each time. Marvel would easily be able cast Dormer as Captain Marvel and still keep some consistency.
Here are three ways Marvel could explain casting Natalie Dormer as Captain Marvel in the MCU...
1. She is the same character
The first route may seem like Marvel's best bet, but it would also be rather tricky to explain. Marvel would have to somehow explain how Private Lorraine survived all these years without aging that much, in addition to explaining how she became a superhero.
They could do this by putting Dormer's character through another super soldier experiment, perhaps cryogenically freezing her in time during the process, only for her to awake during present day with a new identity. This could actually work rather well as we would have to watch her adapt to the new world, which is something we missed for Captain America.
2. She is the granddaughter of Private Lorraine
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we met Sharon Carter (on the far left of the image above), who is the supposed granddaughter of Peggy Carter (Cap's old girlfriend from The First Avenger). Who says they can't do this with Private Lorraine's character?
They could reintroduce Natalie Dormer, but this time as Carol Danvers, and give her an interaction with Captain America who recognizes her. Danvers would then refer that she is the spitting image of her grandmother, who he served with during World War II. This could subtly explain Dormer's introduction rather well without having too complex of an explanation.
3. She simply looks a lot like Private Lorraine
Let's face it, there are over seven billion people alive in the world today - one or two of them are bound to look alike. Perhaps trying to explain two different characters in the MCU may be overthinking it a bit.
As long as Marvel changes her appearance a bit, they could easily cast Dormer as Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe without having to deal with the problem of the characters looking alike. Who cares if they are the spitting image of each other? That happens all the time, and the only person who would really notice would be Captain America.
Marvel may or may not need to explain casting Dormer in Captain Marvel, it's really up to them. But when it really comes down to it, I (along with many others) would love to see Natalie Dormer as Captain Marvel. Some people have tried to say it is impossible because of Captain America: The First Avenger, but I just listed three ways it could still be possible.
Natalie Dormer is a terrific actress and I really hope that Marvel takes Captain Marvel as an opportunity to really use Dormer's talents.