Captain Marvel doesn't come out until 2018, so that means we have approximately an eternity to speculate about everything to do with Marvel's first female solo movie before anything actually happens with it. The film lacks an announced director or an announced writer, but c'mon, we all know the shiniest option for speculation: that casting. Who will it be? Could we possibly get Jessica Chastain as Captain Marvel? She's an Oscar nominee and vocal supporter of female superheroes, after all, and those are some pretty badass credentials. Chastain's denying ties with Captain Marvel, but we've got plenty of time for that to change.
Let's make something clear off the bat: It's pretty unlikely that we'll be hearing anything solid on this casting for a long while — Marvel hasn't even officially announced who'll be playing Doctor Strange, and that's a movie that comes out two years before Captain Marvel's scheduled release date. And there are plenty of amazing candidates for the role of Carol Danvers, from fan fave Katee Sackhoff to Natalie Dormer to the Mary Sue-suggested Nicole Beharie. It'll be kind of hard for them to eff this one up, basically.
But I will let my tweet from the day Marvel announced their slate speak for my own feelings on the matter:
And Chastain's own most recent words on her love of female superheroes — via an interview with MTV's Josh Horowitz, expert at extracting the best from actors who've had contact with Marvel — is only goading me further:
We’ve talked about aligning our forces in the future. And here’s the thing with me… If you’re going to be in a superhero movie, you only get one chance. You’re that character forever. So why do a superhero movie and play the boring civilian?
Whatever it is, I want a fight scene. I could be an incredible villain. I could be a hero. I want a cool outfit, and I want to kick ass.
The initial reaction to this quote assumed Chastain was talking about Captain Marvel, who some speculate will show up in Avengers: Age Of Ultron in her pre-powers state. Chastain has since corrected that assumption:
It's not like Marvel hasn't straight-up lied to our faces before, or like Chastain would be allowed to talk about her involvement if she was, in fact, involved, but I believe her that she hasn't broached the topic with them.
And if we're being optimistic here, this tweet could indicate that the avenues are still open for that discussion. Chastain wants to kick ass with a complx, non-boring character with a super cool outfit? Hello, Jessica Chastain, I would like you to meet Carol Danvers:
Is it 2018 yet?