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Ms. Marvel Headed to Avengers 2?

If Britain’s Daily Mail is to be believed — that’s a pretty sizable “if” — director Joss Whedon is looking to double the female ranks of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the sequel to Marvel’s blockbuster The Avengers.

According to the newspaper, Emily Blunt (Looper, The Adjustment Bureau) and Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Lone Ranger) are both “head-to-head” and “hotly tipped” to play Ms. Marvel, the four-decade-old superheroine who now goes by Captain Marvel in Marvel comics.

A few things give me pause, not the least of which is the source. There’s also the fuzziness of the phrase “hotly tipped,” which could point to sources ranging anywhere from a Marvel Studios insider to a publicist to a couple of fannish reporters chatting over beer saying, “You know who’d be perfect to play Ms. Marvel?” Also, with The Avengers 2 not going into production until sometime next year at the earliest, it seems unlikely that Whedon has completed the script, let alone begun casting.

But, hey, both actresses have seen their stars rise over the past few years, and Blunt has been on Marvel’s radar for a little while: She was offered the role of Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger but passed. Likewise, Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel has been given an increased profile in comics, where she launched a solo series in August.

Make of that what you will, but it does seem likely Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow won’t be the lone woman on the team when The Avengers 2 opens May 1, 2015. Whether that new addition will be Ms. Marvel, or instead someone like the Wasp or Scarlet Witch, naturally remains to be seen.


  • Mike

    Ruth Wilson, give the part to her!

  • Terri

     Yvonne Strahovski is the perfect Carol Danvers.

  • Terri

     Yvonne Strahovski is the perfect Carol Danvers.

  • Dekko

     Between Blunt and Wilson, I’d go for Wilson.  Either way, I hope that by the time they start filming, the character gets the upgrade to “Captain Marvel.” The “Ms.” seems outdated.

  • Adam Walters

    It would be cool if Mar-Vell got introduced in Guardians. I would think Mar-Vell would have to be introduced before Carol, but maybe not.

  • Vincent Clarke

    Actually, looking over at the recent columns picture to the right shows another article directly above this one with Katee Sackhoff. She’d make an excellent Carol Danvers!

  • Adam Walters

    Latino Review or GTFO.

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  • YoYoMa

    Yvonne Strahovski would good for the role and she seems like the type of actress Whedon would look for to fill any role

  • anonymous comic movie fan

    Reeeeee-DONK-u-Loss. The REAL Mar-Vell, Captain Marvel, aka THE Marvel should be in all of his red and blue/black glory on the silver screen and any suggestions to the contrary just for eye candy or some green and blue D list version is absolutely the worst idea in the history of marvel films. The character simply translates to the big screen better than any marvel hero, and deserves it. Is there no respect? That would be full on Marvel boycott worthy. I’m sorry, that’s how I feel, and I am not alone. Even if they were to reveal Redford as him that would be something at least. They’re building toward a conflict with Thanos folks, cmon!