For our first Fancasting post we’re looking at the female hero we’d most like to see gracing the big screen, Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. In anticipation of an eventual possible future Captain Marvel movie (based on Kelly Sue DeConnick’s comic series, of course) we’ve put together a few people we think would do justice to Carol Danvers and Jessica Drew.
Take a look at our list below and then sound off in the comments with who your choices would be to play these two kickass ladies.
Carol Danvers: Captain Marvel
The rumor mill has been working overtime for months now with news that Katee Sackhoff would be a possible frontrunner to play Carol Danvers. She’s been fanning the fire with some vague tweets and pictures of herself in something that looks suspiciously like it could be the cast for a retractable headpiece. We’d love to see her in the role, but until it’s officially been confirmed by TPTB, we aren’t holding our breath. Here are a few others we could see in the role.
She’s got the fighting skills, as proven by her roles in the History Channel’s Vikings and as an assassin in the (mostly laughable) movie Killers. She’s got the look. She’s got the attitude. Just give her a fauxhawk and a bomber jacket and you have Carol.
We’ve seen her kick ass as Sarah on Chuck and we’ve seen her digital copy kick ass in Mass Effect. She’s got the hair and the attitude. And lets face it: she’d look stunning in a retractable helm.
Probably best known for Seth MacFarlane’s Ted and recently seen as lead character Elena in the adaptation of Bitten, Laura’s a little less well known than the others on this list–but if she can play an ass-kicking, name-taking werewolf, there’s no doubt she can also play a half-Kree Avenger powerhouse. We’d love to see if she can add the edge she would need to play a convincing Carol.
Jessica Drew: Spider-Woman
While the role of Jessica Drew hasn’t been subjected to quite the same level of rumor as Carol Danvers there was this gem a few years back that had its eyes on Vanessa Hudgens. We don’t agree with that casting at all–and we’ve picked a few more actresses that would be better suited to the role.
She’s proven her fighting skills to be both effective and graceful as the Mother Confessor Kahlan Amnell on Legend of the Seeker. We know she’s a knockout with dark hair, and we’re pretty sure that she’d hit this role out of the park.
She first came to our attention as Red/Ruby on Once Upon A Time, where she proved she’s able to go with the flow of a crazy, mythical world. However, it was her role as Riley on the short-lived show Intelligence that really proved she has the chops to be a superhero. Plus, she’d rock the outfit like nobody business.
While she’s been in quite a few things since Alias–currently she’s starring in FX’s The Strain–she will always be Sydney Bristow’s half-sister Nadia to us. She showed us great range on Alias and we’re sure she could add a great deal of talent to the already-overflowing talent pool that is the MCU. Plus, if she joins the MCU, she can probably stop getting called “Breaking Dawn‘s Mia Maestro” in press releases (seriously, what was she thinking?).
Will it ever actually happen?
During SDCC 2014 when Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was asked, yet again, when the studio would give us a movie with a female lead, he gave this response:
“I think you’re right about that, and I think it comes down to timing, which is what I’ve sort of always said, and it comes down to us being able to tell the right story. I very much believe in doing it. I very much believe that it’s unfair to say, “People don’t want to see movies with female heroes,” then list five movies that were not very good, therefore, people didn’t go to the movies because they weren’t good movies, versus [because] they were female leads. And they don’t mention “Hunger Games,” “Frozen,” “Divergent.” You can go back to “Kill Bill” or “Aliens.” These are all female-led movies. It can certainly be done. I hope we do it sooner rather than later.
But we find ourselves in the very strange position of managing more franchises than most people have — which is a very, very good thing and we don’t take for granted, but is a challenging thing. You may notice from those release dates, we have three for 2017. And that’s because just the timing worked on what was sort of gearing up. But it does mean you have to put one franchise on hold for three or four years in order to introduce a new one? I don’t know. Those are the kinds of chess matches we’re playing right now.”
Despite his rather wishy-washy response, we agree that sooner rather than later is preferable when it comes to finally seeing a female hero take top billing in a Marvel movie. They’ve proven to us with Guardians of the Galaxy that they can get audiences to connect with a sentient tree and a talking raccoon. They also, conveniently enough, introduced the Kree, setting in place practically every puzzle piece required to smoothly introduce Carol to the MCU–now, it’s just a matter of doing it.
Let’s see what you’ve got, Marvel. We’re waiting.