With Chadwick Boseman playing Black Panther and Marvel circling Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel is the next Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero who we’ll be hearing many casting rumors about. Actually, let’s rephrase that, there’s already been many casting rumors for the character, and those will increase in the coming months. It will be a long time before Marvel makes their official announcement, but many actresses have already expressed their enthusiasm at playing the superheroine. However, none have taken it as far as Vikings star Katheryn Winnick, who recently posted this unique piece of fan art of her as Carol Danvers.
Truth be told, this is a good-looking piece of art. While it is possible Winnick only posted the image on Instagram out of gratitude for her fans, it is interesting that she specifically picked this image. Fortunately she has fans that care enough about her to make art like this. Any actress can say she’d like to play Captain Marvel, but visuals help a lot when considering someone for a role. If someone shows this to a Marvel casting director, this will definitely work to Winnick’s advantage if she’s considered. She’s got the acting chops, and now people have an idea of what she’ll look like playing Carol Danvers on the big screen.
Winnick previously expressed interest in jumping on the Marvel train when said she’d love to play a female Thor, referencing the recent character change in the comic books. It’s unlikely anything like that will happening soon in the MCU, but Captain Marvel is just as suitable a role for her. While the majority Marvel movies are led by stars like Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson, Marvel may decide to go with a lesser-known actress to lead Captain Marvel. After all, Chris Hemsworth wasn’t well-known when he was cast as Thor, and look how that turned out. Not only does Winnick have a lot of experience with action playing Lagertha on Vikings, but she herself is also skilled in martial arts. That’s an impressive resume for anyone auditioning to play a superhero.
Captain Marvel will be released on July 6, 2018, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that will be her first appearance in the MCU. Similar to how Black Panther is being introduced in Captain America: Civil War, Marvel may decide to debut Captain Marvel in another movie before her solo adventure, such as a possible cameo at the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. If that’s the case, we may be getting a Captain Marvel casting announcement sooner than expected, so if you’re a fan of Winnick’s, make sure you show your support so ends up on Marvel’s radar.
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