Top 5 Actors for Captain Marvel Who Aren’t Katee Sackoff

This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics

This is not a drill, folks! On July 6, 2018, Marvel Studios will be giving us their first female-led superhero adventure: Captain Marvel. You can image we Panelteers are pretty darn excited about Carol Danvers making it to the big screen.

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In the wonderful world of Internet Fan Casting Katee Sackoff is the front-runner for Carol Danvers. And it’s really fantastic choice. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a stellar actress who has the whole bad-ass, punch-before-you-think pilot thing down. I love Sackoff something fierce, but she’s the obvious option. So humor me for a bit and consider the following ladies as your Carol Danvers:

1. Yvonne Strahovski
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Back when I was reading Brian Michael Bendis’ epic run on New Avengers and Carol Danvers was still Ms. Marvel in her thigh-high boots and swimsuit costume, I pictured Yvonne Strahovski as Carol. She’s probably still my top choice for the role. Known for her role as super-spy Sarah on Chuck as well as her work on Dexter, I’ve always Strahovski had a great presence. Strahovski can do hot-headed and flawed (and quite well I might add). But she also has this great confidence. She stands taller and pushes herself harder. It’s not quite swagger, but you know from one look that she’s a force to be reckoned with.

2. Samira Wiley
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Samira Wiley plays inmate Poussey Washington on Orange is the New Black. Her character is a military brat with a chip on her shoulder and a whole lot she thinks she has to prove. Like a majority of the actors on the show, she excels at the rough and tough exterior with a world of complexity and vulnerability below the surface. But of all those women, Samira Wiley is the one who would punch a hole in the sky. She is also, as they say in Newsies, lousy with swagger.

3. Jennifer Lawrence
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Before you even say it, if Chris Evans can jump Marvel-based franchises, then so can Jennifer Lawrence. If Benedict Cumberbatch can be in all of the franchises, then so can Jennifer Lawrence. She is a bit young for Captain Marvel, but four years from now when this movie comes out, I think she’ll have blossomed from Kit to Carol beautifully. Lawrence is smart, driven, and exactly what I think of when I hear “Higher. Further. Faster. More”.

Also I think she’d go around introducing herself as Princess Sparklefists if she got the role.

4. Gina Carano
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Back before we knew we were getting a Wonder Woman movie, Gina Carano’s name would pop up once and again in fan casting. I like Carano as Wonder Woman, but she’s a bit more gruff and grounded than Diana. But what might not work for Wonder Woman, makes her shine as Captain Marvel. I think Carano’s personal experience as a woman mixed martial artist will only help her performance as a woman military pilot. Also the image of her punching giant robot dinosaurs (as Captain Marvel does) makes me ridiculously happy.

5. Nicole Beharie
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My favorite “leftenant” as my favorite captain. What I love most about Nicole Beharie as Abbie Mills on Sleepy Hollow is how well she plays “dealing with really messed up crap”. Headless Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Demons, 200-year old spies, Abbie takes it all in stride with an almost Hellboy-esque “oh this again”. Beharie has perfected that keeping your chin up will you bowl through the whatever the universe tosses your way, making her a great candidate for Captain Marvel.


What about you guys? Who are your top picks for our Captain Marvel?

 

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