So Variety is reporting that Brie Larson, who won the Best Actress Oscar for Room, is the front-runner for the role of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel. For those who haven’t seen Room (not to be confused with The Room, which is a completely different type of movie), Brie Larson might be better known from a different comic book movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, where she played the main character’s ex-girlfriend and lead singer of the Clash at Demonhead, Envy Adams.
Personally, I think this would be pretty awesome casting. I know a lot of people were hoping for Katee Sackhoff, Yvonne Strahovski, or Emily Blunt, but Larson is a solid actress who has already shown her acting chops.
What’s kind of funny is that the song Larson sings in Scott Pilgrim, “Black Sheep,” has several lyrics that could directly apply to Captain Marvel: “Got real estate, I’m buying it all / Up in outer space.”
The director of Captain Marvel is still unknown, although two names have been bandied about: Niko Caro, the director of Whale Rider, and Jennifer Kent, the director of The Babadook. Considering how well received The Babadook was, Kent should definitely be the front-runner, although either one sounds fine.
In Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 news, we may finally know who the main villain of the movie is: Ayesha, a.k.a. Kismet a.k.a. Her.
No, not her, Her.
Ayesha/Kismet/Her is a “genetically perfect” being created by a group called the Enclave. It was actually their second attempt — their first (called Him) became the cosmic hero Adam Warlock, which probably means that Warlock might show up in Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 or Infinity War, especially since he did play a big part in the Infinity Gaunlet saga in the comics and he was generally thought of as Thanos’s arch-enemy.
In the film, she will probably be played by Elizabeth Debicki, who also played the villain in Man from U.N.C.L.E. Other new characters include Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, and Tommy Flanagan as Tullk. Only Mantis, so far, has been confirmed, but the rest are being reported by Joblo. The actors who are playing unknown characters are Kurt Russell (said to be playing Peter Quill’s father, but not J’Son), Steve Agee, and possibly Sylvester Stallone if Joblo is correct.
In Thor: Ragnarok news: Tessa Thompson is definitely playing Valkyrie and I am super excited. Hopefully, she will have a big role and we can see her and Sif team up.
Cate Blanchett will be playing the movie’s villain, Hela, which makes this the second film in production to have a female villain. Since Shane Black has said that Marvel Studios rejected a female villain for Iron Man 3 on the grounds that it wouldn’t make money, this seems like a reversal, perhaps as a result of the fact that Isaac Perlmutter is no longer in charge of Marvel Studios (Perlmutter was a long proponent of the fact that female characters couldn’t sell movies).
It’s also been reported that Ragnarok will have elements of Planet Hulk in it, with Thor meeting Hulk as a gladiator in games run by the Grandmaster, played by Jeff Goldblum. Yes, Jeff Goldbum is playing a giant blue alien who loves playing games. Which sounds awesome.
With the addition of Goldblum as the Grandmaster and Karl Urban as Skurge, Thor: Ragnarok sounds like it’s a mashup between the Contest of Champions (which featured a game between the Grandmaster and Death, who could easily be subsituted by Hela), Planet Hulk, and the Ragnarok storyline from Walter Simonson’s Thor run. It probably won’t happen, but I would love it if Skurge’s last stand made it into the movie. If you haven’t read it, you really should. Find an omnibus of Simonson’s run on Thor and read it.
Welp, that’s all the news we have so far! Let’s hope time moves faster so we can see all these movies as quickly as possible.