Long before Brie Larson was cast in Captain Marvel, Emily Blunt was consistently rumored to be in the running for the starring role in the Marvel Studios film. The acclaimed actress repeatedly disputed such speculation, and now reveals she was never even approached for the project.
Blunt has a long history with Marvel, having originally been tapped to portray Black Widow in Iron Man 2. However, she was forced to drop out in favor of Gulliver's Travels after Fox invoked a contract clause. She was then considered for the role of Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, but ultimately turned that down. So, when it was finally announced that Marvel would produce Captain Marvel, Blunt seemed a likely candidate to star as Carol Danvers, having showcased her action chops in Edge of Tomorrow. As the actress told Screen Crush, however, those rumors were never anything more than that.
While promoting her new film A Quiet Place, Blunt was asked about Captain Marvel and if she was ever really up for the role. After stating her excitement about Larson landing the coveted role, she revealed that Marvel Studios never actually contacted her.
"Oh, no, nobody ever called me about it," Blunt said with a laugh."It was all untrue!"
Her comments are very much in line with what she said as far back as 2014, when she revealed no one had offered her the role of Captain Marvel. “I think it’s fan-casting, which is always very nice," she said at the time. "But nothing official has been offered, for sure."
When the rumors originally made the rounds, Blunt seemed interested in tackling a role like Carol Danvers, should the opportunity arise. However, it appears as though any interest the the actress once had in superhero movies has dwindled.
"I mean, I think Mary Poppins is a superhero, so I’ll just say that she’s my superhero," Blunt said. "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."
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Walter Lawson/Mar-Vell and Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva. The film is targeted for release on March 8, 2019.