October 31, 2014

Natalie Dormer And Mackenzie Davis Would Make Excellent CAPTAIN MARVEL Candidates

A majority of the Marvel movie fan community cheered when the studio announced plans to release a Captain Marvel movie in 2018. She's one of the most recognizable female superheroes and has slowly grown a huge fan-base named The Carol Corps., whose presence is active in most genre conventions overwhelming with their impressive cosplay turnout. Kevin Feige promised an announcement concerning a writer and director, before news of who will play her but that hasn't stopped us from creating casting wish-lists.

For months we've been talking about candidates such as Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Looper, Five-Year Engagement), Jessica Chastain (A Violent YearThe Martian, Zero Dark Thirty, Crimson Peak, Mama, Interstellar) , Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Jack Reacher, World's End, Die Another Day), and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick). Who would all make excellent additions for the running. However, I'm not entirely sure how these ladies would actually feel about the commitment needed to be apart of the Marvel universe.

The Captain Marvel contract would likely include a five-to-nine picture deal. Wouldn't be shocked to see her heavily involved with Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War Part I, Inhumans and Avengers: Infinity War Part II. Not to mention future roles in Phase Four films. This is the sort of thing has scared off some talented actors in the past. Joaquin Phoenix has passed on both Bruce Banner and Stephen Strange roles because of this aspect. Actors such as Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd and Chadwick Boseman were in positions where they could make a giant string of Marvel movies. I'm unsure if some of these ladies would be willing to give-up future projects due to these Marvel movies. This might not be a huge issue for the likes of Katee Sackhoff, for others this could dip into their prospect of working with highly acclaimed actors, writers and directors.

I've been shocked how many Captain Marvel casting lists have been including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence. While talented, will likely have her X-Men contract re-upped very soon at 20th Century Fox. Jennifer might be slowly winding-down her Hunger Games franchise, but the X-Men franchise is growing and moving forward. The studio will need the key actors like her for their future plans to work.

 Hugh Jackman has talked at length about retiring as Wolverine. A move that will likely take place after James Mangold's The Wolverine 2. I expect to see Fox double-down on contracts for Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. Giving them incentives to stick-around for another trilogy. As X-Men Apocalypse will complete the trilogy started by Matthew Vaughn's First Class. Including Lawrence in Carol Danvers casting lists isn't just lazy it's ignorant to the power and money Fox is willing to throw around.

Yes, Hunger Games is ending but it will also see her the face of a multi-billion dollar franchise. I don't think Fox will let that go, considering they've gone out of their way to mess with the X-Men timeline. Turning her character Mystique from villain to heroine, something obviously done to keep Lawrence's Raven in a heroic light. Let's not forget that the studio has teased giving Mystique her own solo film. I don't think that's something they've put out there for shits-and-giggles. That character is most likely to get her own spin-off. Considering Sony, Marvel and Warner Bros. are moving forward with female-driven superhero films, Fox will likely follow suit as well. Fox isn't afraid to pay actors what they need to stick around, they used to give Sigourney Weaver huge amounts to make more Alien movies.

The studio also seemingly gives the cast a bit of breathing-room between installments, something RDJ,  Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans have been dreaming about for a while now.

We know that Marvel is known for demanding huge commitments of their actors, something that could hurt Jennifer's indie roots and awards-level productions. The young actress is still attaching herself to Oscar level work, even after winning for Silver Linings Playbook. Notice how her co-star Bradley Cooper was only willing to commit to voice acting for Rocket Raccoon? Yeah, Jennifer Lawrence signing-on for Captain Marvel is a huge stretch. Sticking with Fox's X-Men franchise, will keep her profile in the spotlight while allowing her the time to make the more artsy dramas we're used to her making. We've seen how Marvel can scare-off talented actors with these contracts. Joaquin Phoenix turned down both Bruce Banner and Stephen Strange roles over these demands from the studio. It's hard to believe Jennifer Lawrence is viable candidate with all this possibly putting up walls.

However, two actresses we haven't really been talking about could make a huge impact on the Marvel cinematic universe, while also being able to commit to their crazy lengthy contracts. Those names are Natalie Dormer and newcomer Mackenzie Davis. Two ladies who I haven't really seen mentioned previously to Marvel's announcement that Carol Danvers is getting her own film in July 2018.

Natalie Dormer (Rush, Counselor, Fades, Silk, Tudors, The Girl Who Invented Kissing) might have had a cameo in Captain America: The First Avenger, but that really shouldn't completely destroy her chances for a role. Previously, we've heard Idris Elba campaigning for roles like Luke Cage, Black Panther and Blade. Let's not forget that Elba also had a role in Ghost Rider: Spirt of Vengeance and Chris Evans was in Fantastic Four before he was Captain America.

Since Dormer's role as the flirty soldier, could easily be the grandmother of Carol Danvers. Marvel has never shied away from family legacy, Stark and Carter are excellent examples of this.

She's all over genre work and is making a name for herself as the best walk-on character actress. Her profile has been recently increased thanks in-part to her role in Game of Thrones and Hunger Games franchises. Natalie is and extremely hard worker and goes quickly from project to project. It's the type of work ethic that might be a perfect fit for Marvel's notorious contracts.

Canadian actress Mackenzie Davis (That Awakward Moment, What If) is quickly gathering steam as a newcomer, taking roles in the AMC series Halt And Catch Fire and Ridley Scott's The Martian. She's placing herself in an array of different genres. Something that echoes what we saw with Chris Hemsworth before he landed Thor.

It also doesn't hurt that she has worked or will work with Marvel alumni Sebastian Stan (Captain America 1-2), Lee Pace (Guardians of The Galaxy), Scoot McNairy (All Hail The King), Michael Pena (Ant-Man), Patton Oswalt (Agents of SHIELD), Shea Whigham (Agent Cater), Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four) and Miles Teller (Fantastic Four). The actress is a prime candidate for one of Marvel's lengthly contracts, which would likely see her committed to five-nine films.

Do you think Marvel is going to be able to wrangle a high-profile actress or will they go with someone under the radar?

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