Captain America is still searching for his next leading lady, but Marvel is clearly looking over the bigger picture. The latest casting rumor has the iconic superhero Ms. Marvel joining Iron Man, Cap, Thor and the rest of the Avengers in “The Avengers 2″, and Britain’s The Daily Mail reports two of its hottest rising actresses are vying for the part: Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson.
Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner are all expected to reprise their roles from this summer’s blockbuster. Director Joss Whedon recently confirmed as well, and it’s been expected that more superheros from the pages of Marvel will be joining the team, with Carol Danvers, aka Ms. Marvel and Janet Van Dyne, aka the Wasp, perhaps the most predicted female Avengers. While the Wasp is probably being saved for Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” feature, Ms. Marvel could easily show up in “The Avengers 2″ directly. An alum of the Air Force, CIA and NASA, Danvers gains her abilities when she is caught in an explosion of an alien Kree device. She emerges with superhuman strength, speed and near indestructibility. Filming on the superhero team-up sequel should begin next year, after “Thor: The Dark World” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finish up, and a release date has already been set for May 1, 2015.
Marvel has a long history of wooing Blunt for its various properties, with rumors swirling that she turned down both the role of Peggy Carter in “Captain America: The First Avenger” (it went to the incomparable Hayley Atwell instead) as well as Black Widow (which ended up in the capable hands of Johansson), so it will be interesting to see if Ms. Marvel finally catches her fancy, though she’s more in demand than ever, currently starring opposite Joseph Gordon Levitt in “Looper” and shooting “All You Need is Kill” opposite Tom Cruise.
Wilson, a veteran of British TV who earned a Golden Globe nomination in her acting debut as “Jane Eyre” in a BBC miniseries in 2006, is perhaps most well known for her role on hit British crime series “Luther” opposite Idris Elba. She will next be seen in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” starring Keira Knightley and Aaron Johnson, as well as Disney’s redo of “The Lone Ranger” opposite Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.