With reporting by Chris Kim
Marvel’s very first female-led superhero movie, “Captain Marvel,” is still another three years off from becoming reality. And yet, comic book fans everywhere are clamoring to find out who will eventually take on the role of Air Force Colonel Carol Danvers, to the point where they’ll get hyped about literally any rumor.
But last night (September 29) at an LA event celebrating the home release of “Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” Marvel producers Kevin Feige and Jeremy Latcham said all those casting rumors you’ve heard so far have been greatly exaggerated. Turns out, they’re “not that close” to casting a Carol yet — at all.
“There won’t be any announcements about that this year,” Feige said. “I think right now we’re scripting the film, figuring out who we want Carol Danvers to be, and really what the structure of the movie will be and what her part will be in some of our other Phase 3 films. And it would be next year that we start to really think about casting.”
“We have really amazing writers on the movie,” Latcham added. “Meg [LeFauve] and Nicole [Perlman] are great, and I think getting the character right first is going to lead the charge. We want to make sure we know who it is before we can start figuring out who should play it.”
Which begs the question: does the team at Marvel Studios know about all the women we’ve already decided would be ideal for the part? Yes, yes they do.
“For me, we always have a clear sense of who we want to cast and who we’re interested in,” Latcham said. “We have amazing casting directors — Sarah Finn, who’s been with us since ’Iron Man’ — but at the same time, when a fan list comes out…”
“We look at it!” Feige admitted.
“We read it, we go through it, we read the comments, we look at who people like,” Latcham added. “Sometimes it’s really enlightening. Sometimes it’s the exact same person that they’ve been saying over and over again that we don’t think is right. It’s always fun to kinda go through it and see what people are up to.”
Wait. Who’s the person they don’t think is right that we keep suggesting? Is it Charlize Theron? Please don’t let it be Charlize Theron, because I maintain that she is perfect for the part. Either way, guess they have at least the next few months to figure that out!
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is out now on Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere, and on Blu-Ray on October 2.