After an electrifying turn in this summer’s brilliant Edge Of Tomorrow, Emily Blunt’s ass-kicking credentials are fully up-to-date. Taking to the challenge of tussling with Tom Cruise for a large portion of the film, Blunt’s prep saw her transform into a muscled badass ready for anything. So, it stands to reason that a majority of her vocal fan base have been crying out for the British actress to step into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Captain Marvel. However, as it turns out, she’s already been approached.
Speaking to Vulture while promoting her latest – Rob Marshall’s seasonal musical Into The Woods – Blunt revealed that the comic book studio tapped her for not one, but two roles. This has been previously reported, and now the reasons as to why she said no to hopping aboard the biggest juggernaut in Hollywood have come to light. When asked about the circumstances surrounding her casting as Black Widow or Peggy Carter, Blunt replied:
Yeah, but it was never the right time, really, and it just didn’t work out scheduling-wise with those two. It’s always a difficult thing to talk about, because it’s not fair to the actresses who ended up playing them, you know? It just wasn’t the right time.
Scheduling conflicts are commonly cited as a deciding factor in actors turning down roles. Particularly in a Marvel production, it’s never a case of signing on for a single movie. Their intricate universe often requires actors to sign on for several outings – effectively blocking out their calendar for other non-Marvel work. Still, Blunt hasn’t said no to the possibility of portraying Marvel’s first leading lady – Captain Marvel:
Oh! No one’s offered me that officially, so it’s … [laughs] very unofficial. I think it’s fan-casting, which is always very nice. But nothing official has been offered, for sure.
Whether or not the studio will be looking to entice Blunt into the fold for the role of Carol Danvers, there’s still a few years for them to decide. Quite a few, actually, as Captain Marvel is slated to open in theaters on July 6th, 2018. Before then, tell us, who would you like to see in the role?