– by Joseph Jammer Medina

In the current landscape, there is a clamoring for female superheroes. As such, both DC and Marvel have lined up solo films for two of their bigger heroines. DC has Wonder Woman on the way. Marvel announced that Captain Marvel will arrive in theaters in about three years. But while we know plenty about Wonder Woman, like who’s playing her, when we’ll get to see her in action, and-through trailers for Batman v Superman– how she’ll be portrayed, we don’t know much of anything about Captain Marvel as of yet. All we know is that there’s always a fresh casting rumor about her and, as it turns out, that may be all Marvel knows at this point, too.

In a talk with MTV, Marvel producers Kevin Feige and Jeremy Latcham opened up about the current state of the film, as well as how they keep a keen eye on all these little rumors that pop up. 

Feige on where they’re at with Captain Marvel at the moment:

“I think right now we’re scripting the film, figuring out who we want Carol Danvers to be, and really what the structure of the movie will be and what her part will be in some of our other Phase 3 films. And it would be next year that we start to really think about casting.”

Latcham then chimed in, echoing the idea that they can’t cast Danvers until they know exactly who she is and what she will represent to their Cinematic Universe:

“We have really amazing writers on the movie. Meg [LeFauve] and Nicole [Perlman] are great, and I think getting the character right first is going to lead the charge. We want to make sure we know who it is before we can start figuring out who should play it.”

Because of this, Feige states that they’re simply “not that close” to casting her yet. Therefore, all the casting rumors that sprout up should be taken with a grain of salt. But here’s where things get interesting because, on the subject of rumors, Feige and Latcham reveal that they track what’s being said about whatever supposed candidate is up for the role.

Latcham: “For me, we always have a clear sense of who we want to cast and who we’re interested in. We have amazing casting directors — Sarah Finn, who’s been with us since ’Iron Man’ — but at the same time, when a fan list comes out…”

Feige: “We look at it!”

Latcham: “We read it, we go through it, we read the comments, we look at who people like. Sometimes it’s really enlightening. Sometimes it’s the exact same person that they’ve been saying over and over again that we don’t think is right. It’s always fun to kinda go through it and see what people are up to.”


Meanwhile, during a chat with /Film, the producing duo also fielded a question about how the heroine was almost in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Feige: “It was in the script at one point, it might have been one draft. Was it… It might have just been Captain Marvel. And we shot a plate and thought we may add her in there but the truth is it just didn’t seem appropriate to have this new person in a new costume come out of nowhere at the end of this story. It would have been a disservice to, what by the time the movie was coming out, a character people already knew was coming anyway.”

Latchem: “Really early in development there was a notion of there being a ton of new people. But then it was like, we haven’t really introduced them, we don’t know where they are going to come from, and Joss really didn’t love the idea. It was an early discussion and then it just became Captain Marvel. And then that felt weird, to just have one new person and the guys go ‘what?'”

Feige: “And also what does Captain America say? ‘They’re not the 27 Yankees’. Well if Captain Marvel is there, what are we saying about her? The notion that they need to be, certainly Wanda and Vision, and to a lesser extent Falcon and Rhodey, need to learn what it means to be a team, even if the most dysfunctional team in the history of teams.”

So, there you have it. The latest on Captain Marvel. What do you think about the current state of things? And which casting idea would you like Feige and Latcham to pay the most attention to?


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.