Captain Marvel: Emily Blunt was never approached by Marvel

Emily Blunt has clarified that she never spoke to Marvel about taking on the lead role in Captain Marvel. Although Blunt was a hot tip among fans for many a year, particularly after her action hero turn in Edge Of Tomorrow, this casting was never spoken about between Blunt and Marvel Studios.

The lead character in Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers, a fighter pilot who gains a vast array of superpowers after an encounter with aliens. But as Blunt explained in a new interview with Screen Crush, she was never approached about it, despite seeming like a perfect fit. Here’s the transcript:

So we spoke with you about Captain Marvel a few years ago, back before they had officially cast the role…

Who is Captain Marvel?

Brie Larson.

Ohhh, Brie is playing her. Awesome.

All those rumors obviously never panned out…

Oh, no, nobody ever called me about it. [Laughs] It was all untrue!

Back then you were down to play a big superhero role after Edge of Tomorrow. Is that something you’d still be interested in even though Marvel never called?

I mean, I think Mary Poppins is a superhero, so I’ll just say that she’s my superhero.

That’s a pretty good answer.

Yeah, I think I’ve fulfilled that. I’ll say it’s her. Listen, she can fly, she has superpowers, she’s magical. I’ll just go with Mary Poppins.

Blunt will play Mary Poppins in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, which has a UK release date of December 21st, 2018. The actress makes a very fair point about Mary Poppins having a lot in common with a superhero. We look forward to seeing that performance.

The role of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel ended up with Oscar-winner Brie Larson. The Captain Marvel movie has a UK release date of March 8th, 2019.

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