We’ve got another actress who would definitely be interested if Marvel came calling for the role of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel. When a fan asked Olivia Wilde and the director of her latest film Meadowland, Reed Morano, if they’d be interested in the upcoming project via Twitter, the director replied with a very enthusiastic “Um…hell yes!” and was followed in turn by Wilde who responded with a “Oh hell yea. Let’s DO this! I’m starting my @Marvel diet immediately. Eggshells and jet fuel only, right? Who says indie kids can’t go pro?!” While speaking with CinemaBlend, the actress commented further on the idea and her thoughts on Marvel’s big-screen female superheroes.
“I’m a big fan of superhero films, and I have so much respect for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The thing with female superheroes is that, in order to be powerful, they are flawless. The idea of kick-ass power lacks a certain nuance, at times. There is something to be said for a female director working to create a female superhero that perhaps [has] a little more complexity.”
Wilde expanded on the statement with some thoughts on changes that she feels need to be made when it comes to these female characters on the big screen. While she praised the studio for their work, she does seem to feel that their female characters need a little more complexity added to them.
“Marvel has been so smart about casting unexpected people for these roles. Look at what Robert Downey brought to Iron Man. A real, dry sense of humor and a complexity to his hero balance. I think that the way these Marvel heroes are written, the female superheroes included, do have complexity and flaws. But I think when they are translated into film, the women can become these ultimate goddesses of perfection and I would love to create a female Marvel character who is just as unexpected and complex as some of the male characters as Iron Man. I think that would be really cool!”
While Wilde wouldn’t be my first pick for the role, she definitely wouldn’t be my last. Could she pull this off? Definitely. But is she what Marvel is looking for? Would you be interested in this one? Let us know what you think about Wilde as Captain Marvel and her comments in the box below.