This time next year we'll finally have Captain Marvel, the long-awaited Marvel Cinematic Universe showcase for Carol Danvers and the first Marvel Studios film with a woman in the sole leading role (before that we get Ant-Man and the Wasp, in which Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne gets co-lead billing).
We've known since San Diego Comic Con 2016 that the film will star Oscar-winner Brie Larson (Room), and as of this week Larson is flight-suiting up as Danvers to begin production on the flick. Before she landed the role, though, a host of high-profile actresses were rumored contenders.
Among them was Emily Blunt, who by the time Captain Marvel was announced in the fall of 2014 had already impressed genre fans with roles in Looper and Edge of Tomorrow. The latter film in particular showed off Blunt's action movie chops, and she quickly rose to prominence among fans casting Carol Danvers in their heads. When asked about the possibility of playing Captain Marvel, Blunt seemed game, and even though she didn't ultimately land the role, it seemed plausible that she was at least a serious contender. Marvel had to have considered her, if only briefly, right?
Well, if they did, they apparently never told Blunt about it.
Speaking to Screen Crush while promoting her acclaimed new horror film A Quiet Place, Blunt was asked about those long-ago Captain Marvel rumors, and said that she never even got a call from the studio.
"Oh, no, nobody ever called me about it," Blunt said. "[Laughs] It was all untrue!"
Blunt also noted that it's "awesome" that Larson landed the role, and went on to say that she doesn't need a comic book superhero on her resume now. She has Mary Poppins.
"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."
So, while it doesn't really matter at this point, now we know that Blunt apparently never even got close to Carol Danvers, and she seems fine with that. After all, her connection to the role was always fueled more by fan wish lists than actual studio interest, and her career's gone well since. A Quiet Place is shaping up to be one of the best-reviewed genre films of the year, and Mary Poppins Returns already seems destined for a major Christmas weekend opening.