While talking with MTV at the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Blu-ray release event, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and producer Jeremy Latcham gave an update on “Captain Marvel’s” progress, speaking comparatively candidly about the film’s casting process.
As the first female hero to headline a Marvel Studios movie, the part of Captain Marvel has been up for much online speculation with everyone from Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt to Katheryn Winnick and Jessica Chastain popping up in fancasts.
“For me, we always have a clear sense of who we want to cast and who we’re interested in,” said Latcham. “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 interjected.
“We read it, we go through it, we read the comments, we look at who people like,” continued Latcham. “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.”
Both Feige and Latcham called the casting rumors floating around just that — rumors. They elaborated by saying that they’re actually not close to casting the role yet, as they’re still in the scripting stage.
“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.”
Latcham added that they have “really amazing writers on the movie,” including “Guardians of the Galaxy” writer Nicole Perlman and “Inside Out” scripter Meg LeFauve. “”Meg and Nicole 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.”
“Captain Marvel” opens on November 2, 2018.
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