One of the biggest questions Marvelites have regarding the Avengers cinematic universe is, who will be cast as Captain Marvel in the Phase 3 film? We already have an Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), a Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and a Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), so we’re all dying to hear which actress the folks behind the superhero movie giant will choose for their first solo super-heroine movie. Well, the latest word on the street is that they already did!
According to Latino Review’s El Mayimbe, who just yesterday offered fans that small morsel about Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad movie, Marvel is keeping the identity of their Carol Danvers tightly under wraps. Apparently we’ll be meeting her soon, though, as she’s said to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But — and this is a big but — Mayimbe clarifies that this is just a rumor that has been unconfirmed. He does mention that it is in the realm of plausibility, and it does seem to jive with the original plan for the highly anticipated sequel.
[Note: We’re going to be discussing potential spoilers from Age of Ultron, so proceed with caution.]
As it stands now, the rumor is that the Avengers sequel will end with a new team line-up, including a mixture of original and new members. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are presumed to join Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, since they’ll bail on Ultron at some point in the film. Rumor has it that the original plan was to introduce the MCU’s Captain Marvel in a post-credits scene that would feature the new line-up. As Wakanda seems to be teased a lot in the Avengers 2 trailers, it also seems likely that Black Panther could be popping up, as well. However, this plan has been in flux since word of it first hit the web. The filmmakers have been wondering whether this was the proper environment to introduce such a major character.
In the comics, Danvers is a perfect mixture of human and Kree genes, as a result of a Kree technology explosion. Her abilities include flight, super-strength, enhanced endurance and emitting concussive force beams from her hands. The Internet is currently littered with dream castings for the role, from Emily Blunt to Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer to Katheryn Winnick from Vikings. If this rumor is true, though, we’ll know who will take on the role in just over a month’s time.
While Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, Captain Marvel won’t drop until November 2, 2018. According to Mayimbe, comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick is rumored to be up for the screenwriting gig, while Jim Starlin could be involved in the film as an overseer. If the Age of Ultron rumor proves to be true, though, we wouldn't be surprised to see her pop up in Captain America: Civil War.