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We've been hearing rumors for a while now that Marvel Studios would possibly have the superheroine Captain Marvel make her big screen debut in Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Sadly, as we heard a few weeks ago, it seems that story is bogus - but the good news is that the blockbuster will have one secret female character that Marvel Studios isn't quite ready to tell us about yet.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, it was Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige who completely denied the possibility of seeing the first live-action version of Captain Marvel, but he did hint that there is a female character in the movie who is being kept a secret for now. It's not even clear if this is a character that we've met before, or if it's someone brand new who is being introduced, but Feige said, "It’s not a big deal. But it’s a good character."
This is obviously rather vague news, but there are many angles from which one can look at it. For example, could this be a reference to a part played by Julie Delpy or Linda Cardellini, who were only announced as being part of the cast a few days ago? Or maybe this is a reference to the strange, bald cave-dwelling woman featured in the second Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer:
Or perhaps even this mystery woman standing behind Thor (look in the bottom left corner):
And those guesses are only in regard to characters who could be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are also many great women from past Marvel Studios titles who could find their way into The Avengers: Age of Ultron. For example, why not have Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts return for the sequel? Or give Natalie Portman's Jane Foster her first opportunity to interact with Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Maybe the feature will even reach into the TV portion of the larger continuity and feature Chloe Bennett's Skye from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The point is that there are many possible options.
Fortunately, it won't be much longer until our most pressing questions about The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be answered. In just a few weeks - specifically on May 1st - the blockbuster will be arriving in theaters to share all of its secrets with the world.