Of all Marvel's many announcements October 28, the one that got us most excited was "Captain Marvel." The news came with the details that the character in the upcoming movie would be Carol Danvers, a (in the comics at least) brash test pilot who gains fantastic powers due to a little alien tampering.
She's a fantastic character, and if Marvel is looking for an actress who perfectly encapsulates everything that makes Carol wonderful, they should look no further than "Scandal" star Kerry Washington.
Now, we know what you're thinking. In the comics at least, Carol Danvers...
...Doesn't drink a lot of red wine. But we're going to move past that divisive fact, and instead list the many, many reasons Washington is the perfect choice to suit up for Marvel's first female-led superhero movie.
1. She Can Go Toe To Toe
Carol Danvers is a character who's supposed to be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with Captain America, Iron Man, and even be able to take down the Hulk in power level. There's not a lot of actors - not just actresses, but human beings - who can do that effectively on screen. Washington has proven over the course of three and some change seasons she has no problem walking into the office of the leader of the free world, and owning it.
2. She's In Command
Olivia Pope may not be Command - that's Scott Foley's character, and sometimes her Dad - but Washington knows how to direct the troops, and that's something crucial to Carol Danvers. Part of her comic book background is that she's a member of the U.S. Air Force, and eventually ends up being the de facto leader of The Avengers when Tony or Cap are indisposed.
Seeing her boss around Olivia Pope and Associates effectively, not to mention every client the firm takes on, gives us faith that Black Widow and Hawkeye will follow her lead, too. That's also crucial as whoever is playing Captain Marvel is a relatively late addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They've got to step up to the plate, and quickly.
3. ...But With A Sensitive Side
Another important aspect of Carol Danvers? She's got a huge heart. She may be a soldier, she may have to make the tough decisions, but her greatest power - yes, even greater than the beams she blasts out of her hands - is her empathy.
Washington knows not just how to feel things, and make the audience feel with her - she also knows how to turn those emotions into the raw power she needs to get the job done.
4. The ABC Connection
Having just cast corporate stable-mate ABC's Emily VanCamp in a recurring role, it's not out of the realm of possibility to think that Disney and Marvel wouldn't go back to the TV well for their next big role. Not that there's a dearth of actresses on ABC shows - we guess they could go for Jennifer Morrison from "Once Upon A Time" or something - but no insult to the others, but Washington is easily the biggest star they've got.
If you're going to cast someone opposite RDJ, you want to make sure they don't just have the raw talent, they also have the status that makes it make sense. Washington has that, and then some.
5. "Scandal" Is Going Bye-Bye
Calm down, gladiators, it's not any time soon. But show creator Shonda Rhimes has said that "Scandal" won't even last eight seasons, as she has an ending in mind for the show. That means the latest the show will be over is 2018, if not sooner - and "Captain Marvel" is scheduled for the very same year.
We fully expect the character to show up earlier - possibly even by the end of 2015's "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" - but the timing to transition Washington from TV stardom to superhero stardom is pretty neat, if you ask us.
6. Because Okay Fine Diversity
All right, fine. Look. Fine. It's great that Marvel is launching their first female superhero franchise. We're really, really excited about this. But if they seriously wanted to throw down the (infinity) gauntlet and clarify they're not just paying lip service by having their one black superhero franchise ("Black Panther") and one female superhero franchise ("Captain Marvel")... If they want to make a clear statement that it's about the character, and not the color of their skin... If they want to make a bold choice that will inspire, no exaggeration, an entire generation of young women...casting Kerry Washington is a brilliant choice.
In fact, we'd say it isn't even a choice at all. Nothing against blonde white girls, but casting one more blonde white girl because that's what the comic character looks like is absolutely the wrong way to go. Casting Washington, who not only perfectly embodies everything Carol Danvers stands for, but would also pull superhero movies kicking and screaming into the modern world, is Marvel's only choice.
Let's make this happen.
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