It’s no secret Ronda Rousey wants to play Carol Danvers, the lead role in Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Captain Marvel” movie. There have been tweets, fan art — even director and geek icon Kevin Smith has offered his support for the MMA fighter’s bid to portray the pilot-turned-Kree-Avenger. After weeks of Reddit comments and social media speculation on the likelihood of this casting becoming a reality, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has finally weighed in on the situation.
In an interview with IGN, Feige seemed very positive about Rousey’s desire to play Carol. “I love it,” he said. “It’s a testament to how great the characters are that it appeals to such a wide range of talented, talented people.” If Rousey wins the part it would mark the second time for Marvel casting following “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Drax, portrayed by former pro wrestler Dave Bautista, whom Feige called “an amazing performer, an amazing actor and a clever and witty and pointed comedic actor.”
In the comics, Carol Danvers is an officer in the United States Air Force, military trained and combat ready. After being caught in an energy explosion, she is transformed and imbued with Kree superpowers. While most actresses screen testing for Captain Marvel would have to go through heavy stunt training, Ronda is already prepared for the physical demands of the role thanks to her MMA career, and fans will get a chance to check out her acting chops now that she’s been cast in MGM’s “Road House” remake.
When asked if Marvel was planning on making any casting announcements for “Captain Marvel” this year, Feige answered that the lead won’t be cast until early 2016.
“Captain Marvel” is scheduled for release November 2, 2018.
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