Marvel Studios’s Captain Marvel from Filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck Casting a Shining Light on Female Actors
Captain Marvel has been a fan favourite among comic book fans for the last five years. It wasn’t until now, however, that Marvel saw a real need to give her a fully-fledged origin story, which delves so far into the depths of Marvel history that fans could find it somewhat daunting. Captain Marvel will be the first prequel in the MCU, with the film set in the 1990s.
The only returning character will be a two-eyed Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson. But who else has been announced (or rumoured) to be on board so far?
"Brie Larson" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore
After the 2014 announcement that Captain Marvel would be among Marvel’s Phase Three slate of movies, fans spent the next two years deliberating over who would be cast as the hero, as endless reports and rumours surfaced. As can be expected, casting the role of Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers herself was an arduous and long process. Not that that’s any different from casting all of the other major characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), of course. Numerous actresses put themselves forward for the part, but it was ultimately awarded to Academy Award winning actress Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Room).
It wasn’t until last summer’s Comic-Con in San Diego, however, that Larson was announced as the actress to step into the role of the superhero. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios said, shortly after the announcement was made, that the actress met their strict criteria to take on the role of the heroine. Fiege said that Larson was the perfect fit for someone who is able to play a character who could be powerful and yet, at the same time, relate to audiences. Thanks to Marvel giving the fans what it wanted, it now has its first female-led superhero film on its hands.
It was also announced that Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One) joined the cast to potentially play the main villain. Earlier reports suggested that he will play Kree commander Yon-Rogg. Mendelsohn has been reportedly speaking with Marvel Studios and Disney since October of last year. If the actor knows which role he’ll play, he’s certainly doing a fine job of keeping it a secret. Regardless of which character he plays, however, Marvel and Disney made a smart choice in casting the actor as one of the movie’s bad guys. Mendelsohn has a long history of pulling off compellingly loathsome roles and there’s no reason why he would fail to succeed here, too.
For those who are unfamiliar with Captain Marvel, Brie Larson’s character is one in a long line of those who have borne that particular moniker. Mar-vell was the first Captain Marvel in the comic books (in Marvel Comics, at least), and Marvel Studios is determined to ensure that audiences remember that fact by including the role of Walter Lawson. They’ve cast none other than Jude Law to play the role of Lawson/Mar-Vell. Law’s performance, however, may be limited to the character’s human side, one who trains and mentors Carol Danvers to use her new powers.
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson played an integral part in getting the MCU off the ground and will be taking on the role of former S.H.I.E.L.D. director for the sixth time in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. Technically, it will be the first appearance for Nick Fury, canonically, as the last movie was set primarily in the 1990s. Essentially, that means that the character will have both eyes fully operational, not one eye and one eyepatch. Jackson discovered that he would be involved in the film online, just like everyone else. However, he’s let it be known that he’s excited to play the part of Nick Fury once again. It's definitely a smart casting move. Jackson has been calculated to be Hollywood’s most cost-effective actor thanks to appearances in classics such as Star Wars episodes 1-11 and Pulp Fiction, making studios an average of $83.79 for each $1 spent on him.
DeWanda Wise currently stars in Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It as Nola Darling in, which is based on the 1986 Spike Lee film of the same name. Now the actress has been cast in a supporting role in Captain Marvel. This will be the first movie role for Wise, who has also started in Underground and Shots Fired. DeWanda Rise’s role is as yet undisclosed, although it’s been rumoured that she will play Monica Rambeau, who in the comic books was a beat cop who later became Captain Marvel - before taking on the mantles of Spectrum, Pulsar, and Photon.
Gemma Chan, who played an android in the show Humans, will take on the role of an alien scientist in the MCU. The British star will appear in the forthcoming Captain Marvel Movie to play Doctor Minerva. Doctor Minerva comes from the Tree race of evil aliens and is often an emery of Marvel. As well as her role as Mia in Humans, Chan has also appeared in Shetland, Bedlam, Doctor Who, and Sherlock in recent years. The 35-year-old-actress has experience portraying intergalactic villains, having somehow managed to brainwash Optimus Prime to destroy the planet as Quintessa in Transformers: The Last Knight. Her feature credits include Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Where to Find Them, and Fantastic Beasts.
Location filming began on Captain Marvel in January. The release date for US theaters has been scheduled for March 8, 2019 in 3D and IMAX. Whether the movie will do for Marvel what Wonder Woman did for D.C. remains to be seen.