Now I know there has been no official announcement yet, but if any heroine was to get a standalone movie, it would definitely be Carol Danvers. As a member of the U.S. Air Force, there is so much rich history behind this blonde bombshell to build a movie franchise off of. Not to mention that she has garnered enough of a cult following to stand alone and without a doubt do well in the box office.
So this leads us to the most important question: Who should portray Ms. Marvel on the big screen? You have to keep in mind that she has to be a strong enough actress to take the lead and stand alone in most instances, as well as not be locked down as a supporting role in any other Marvel film. That automatically rules out Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts). Below, I offer you five choices in no particular order, as well as arguments to why each would work. So let's play casting director and follow through with the five auditions ahead of us.
Obviously her background in being a badass makes her a perfect candidate to be a major in the air force as well as a future Avenger. Starring in Battlestar Galactica and the most recent Riddick installment, she is no stranger to action. She even got her feet wet in the comics world by lending her voice to Batman: Year One and Superhero Squad. At age 33, this is the role that cold have her set for the rest of her life. Get a three-movie deal for your own franchise, as well as a spot in Avengers 3, and she is set heading into her 40s. Place the mask on her and you can start envisioning the big-screen hit starring Katee Sackhoff. She is definitely one of the top five choices and a front-runner on most lists circulating on the Internet. But let's move on to our next audition before we pull the trigger on the first person.
Now when we talk about this actress, most of us male nerds were introduced to her in the movie Accepted as Justin Long's love interest. We then watched her grow into Ryan Reynolds' love interest in DC's motion picture debut of the Green Lantern, where she was given the role of Carol Ferris and entrusted by Geoff Johns and DC to carry the mantle of the Star Sapphire in what was assumed to be a franchise in the making. She held her own in Green Lantern as Carol and had the aggressive attitude behind her to take on the eventual role of Star Sapphire, but due to poor performance at the box office, Star Sapphire will never appear on the big screen—nor the badass Sinestro. [Sigh.]
Blake Lively is young and clearly someone who could join a superhero franchise for the long run. Just like Carol Ferris, Carol Danvers is a pilot, so a transition for Lively would not be hard at all when it comes to research. Clearly she is OK with taking on a superhero role, since she's done it in the past, but the question is, is she ready to step up to the plate and play lead? Unlike Star Sapphire, who plays second fiddle to Hal Jordan, Carol Danvers is a big-league player who would dominate most of the on-air time.
If we're looking for someone who needs that breakout role, look no further. Ashley Tisdale has that Disney TV star aroma still around her, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. She already has an in with Disney and could easily move sideways to their Marvel property. Her last appearance on the big screen was on a franchise that sank faster than the Titanic, Scary Movie 5. Now that's not saying much, and the only thing she's slated for in the future is more voiceover work. So if you need a female lead that can commit to you for the long haul, a 28-year-old New Jersey native with no major films in the works is the girl for you. Now even though Scary Movie is absolutely garbage, she did play the lead, and from her previous work at a younger age she can be a dominant presence on screen. If I were the casting director, she would definitely be called back several times—if not picked for the role.
Now she may be the oldest on the list, but let's not have age play a factor. Yes, she's 37, and a long haul would be a tad bit more difficult with Ali, but if she's committed and looks the same for the next five to ten years—like she has for the previous ten—we're set. She has experience with playing a strong woman in both Final Destination and the TV series Heroes. Also, out of the five actresses listed, I think she is the closest to hitting the comic artwork to a tee. She has the voice, height, and experience behind her, and as a casting director I would approach her with this role with the mentality, "It's yours, now take it." Like Tisdale, she doesn't have much in the pipeline—just two movies that are labeled as "post-production"—so commitment on her end wouldn't be tough. Also, as previously stated, she has the charisma to take a lead role and build a franchise. She's been a part of them before and can obviously carry another one if given the shot.
We've seen Cuoco debut as the popular, dumb blonde on 8 Simple Rules and progress to literally the girl next door on The Big Bang Theory. Now with her playing the role of Penny, we get to see a little more of the tough sporty girl rather than a girly girl she played before. This is perfect to be Carol Danvers. At the age of 28, with only two films on her plate, she could easily be in it for the long haul on a superhero franchise such as Ms. Marvel. The only issue she would run into is how long will Big Bang Theory remain on air? We all know that being a featured player on a television show will hinder an actor's big screen appearances. It's why so many make the jump either to the big screen or from the big screen, as it is very hard to balance both. Just ask The Rock. So the ball would totally be in her court if she would risk jumping to a possible four-film deal and leaving the cushy—and seemingly neverending—Big Bang Theory.
So, ultimately the question goes unanswered for me. I would not complain if any one of these five landed the role of Ms. Marvel. They all have their pros and cons with regard to this franchise, but hey, remember when we all bitched about Chris Evans as Captain America or Heath Ledger as the Joker or Anne Hathaway as Catwoman…see where I'm going with this? As long as the actress owns the hell out of the role, I would never be upset—well, unless you cast a redhead and completely ignore the character's comic lineage. Now I ask, who do you think should play Ms. Marvel? One of these five? Someone not on the list? Mouth off below, Keyboard Warriors.
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