We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again.
Marvel needs to cast Emily Blunt in one of their upcoming films NOW!
In 2012, her stellar performance in Looper gave her geek cred in the science-fiction action thriller mix of genres. Two years later, she does it again, this time in this weekend’s summer blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow, proving again that she can hold her own in an action film and make science-fiction believable enough to enjoy.
Yes, yes, I’m aware shooting on 2015’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron is already halfway done, but there’s still a ton of potential movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that should have room for a critically acclaimed and commercially viable thespian like Blunt.
There’s the still unnamed Captain America sequel, set to face off against Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, on May 6th 2016. and at least three other movies that have yet to be announced already slated between 2016 and 2017. Lots of time to find a good vehicle to introduce her as Carol Danvers.
That’s right, more than ever, her role as Sergeant Rita Vrataski in Edge of Tomorrow proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that she not only has the grit and presence to embody the Kree-Human hybrid now known as Captain Marvel, but the sensitivity and emotional depth to showcase the softer side of Danvers that longtime Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue DeConnick has consistently depicted in the comic books.
Judging from her recent interview with USA Today, the actress is definitely not adverse to getting into shape. “This was six days a week, two and a half hours a day. It was brutal at first and then became addictive. I wanted her to look lethal and I wanted to go all the way,” says Blunt.
Clearly, she is dedicated to her craft. Moreover, her experiences on the movie set obviously have not turned her off more roles in the future that require her to be at her physical peak. As she says, “It was empowering for sure, being like this for a while.” Do you know who else empitomises empowerment? Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel.
In another interview with Vogue magazine, Blunt revealed she endured three months of Krav Maga and gymnastics training, admitting, “I looked like an aerobics teacher by the end of it. It was almost unattractive.” She’s entitled to her opinion, of course, but as I was watching Edge of Tomorrow, I definitely found none of it unattractive.
Carol Danvers is arguably the most popular female Avenger, as evidenced by an earlier poll, and requires someone with the right charismatic presence, physical credibility and emotional depth to portray her best. Emily Blunt, who has shone brightly over and over again with performances in The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria and The Adjustment Bureau in addition to those already mentioned, of course.
Marvel, don’t waste your time. Already, there’s a unfounded rumour going around the Web suggesting that Emily Blunt may be cast in Batman v. Superman. Let’s not wait for it to become true. Cast Emily Blunt as Carol Danvers and let her star in her as yet unannounced Captain Marvel movie!