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Emily Blunt May Play the 29th Sexiest Woman in Comics in Joss Whedon's "Avengers 2"

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 8, 2012 | Comments ()


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If you're not familiar with Ms. Marvel, also known as Carol Danvers: Welcome to my world, a place where book shelves are stacked with books with few illustrations. Carol Danvers is apparently half alien (species: Kree) and half human, and she is quite popular in the Marvel world, having at one point been named the "29th Sexiest Woman in Comics." She can fly, she has superhuman strength, she can absorb other forms of energy to magnify her strength (she can even absorb magic!), and she has also gone by the names of Binary and Warbird. And although her character was created as the Marvel counterpoint to D.C.'s Supergirl, Danvers -- Ms. Marvel, if you're nasty -- is a woman, thank you very much.

I mention all of this only because the Daily Mail is reporting that Emily Blunt and "Luther's" Ruth Wilson are up for the role, which is great even for those of us who know dupe about the comics, but appreciate that our Avengers films have lots of talented people involved. Both Blunt and Wilson fit that bill, and would make excellent people for Whedon to eventually kill off, although if Ms. Wilson were to get the role, I might be more afraid for Whedon.

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It should be noted, for the record, that speculation from the Daily Mail is only slightly more reliable than the musings of your raving mailman.

(via Vulture)



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  • J.R. Paperstacks

    "Welcome to my world, a place where book shelves are stacked with books with few illustrations."

    Oh, Dustin: could you get any more pretentious? I find it amusing that a television blogger is sniffing his own farts about comic books.

  • daisy

    Ms Marvel sounds pretty awesome, though. We seriously need a kickass female superhero already. I
    am beautiful woman and I love good man…..inter racial romance is my dream… so I
    joined —blackwhitePlanet.С0M—–it's where to- connect with
    beautiful and excellent people! He scrawles scattershot epithets on packages intended for people whose
    names sound vaguely foreign to his tiny prejudiced ears. I suppose in
    his head each package contains racial dilution and a job vacuum.

  • John W

    Emily Blunt - Wasp

    Ruth Wilson - Madame Hydra/Viper

  • logan

    Why get the 29th sexiest? Was the top 28 too expensive or something?

  • Fredo

    I thought the highlight of Ms. Danvers/Ms. Marvel's career was that she was the source for all the super-strength, flight powers and toughness of the X-Men's Rogue. Now that'd be an interesting scene: Anna Paquin v Emily Blunt in a mano-a-mano super-brawl.

    Personally, I'd put Emily Blunt in as a potential Sue Richards in the "should happen but likely never will" reboot of the Fantastic Four.

  • Kip Hackman

    I dunno, Mark Millar just became the head story guy for all the Marvel properties that Fox owns the rights to, one of which is Fantastic Four, so a reboot could very well happen, and with Millar in charge, it might be excellent.

  • wojtek

    I don't know anything about the character apart from this this supremely creepy piece of information: http://io9.com/5866330/a-video...

    "Essentially a story of Ms. Marvel being abducted, raped, and then giving birth to her own rapist."

  • Ian Fay

    Also, much better in depth link on The Rape of Ms Marvel than the usually execrable IO9:

    http://carolastrickland.com/co...

  • Ian Fay

    And then falling "in love" and running away her rapist as well, I think. While the entire roster of the Avengers think this is perfectly kosher and not at all weird, unusual, and involving mind control.

  • sean

    But they let Chris Claremont "fix" things within a few years. And he treated the character with great respect fixing things. Or as much as early 80s comics allowed.

  • BlackRabbit

    Yeah, that was a verra' weird storyline.

  • 'It should be noted, for the record, that speculation from the Daily Mail is only slightly more reliable than the musings of your raving mailman.'
    Much more racist though. In fact I have a racist raving mailman, and he's still less racist than the Daily Mail.

  • Milly

    The Daily Heil as it is often referred to by us muesli eating, sandal wearing, amnesty international supporting, soy bean drinking, nestle boycotting, Guardianistas.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    This mailman situation sounds fascinating. Does he just wander down the street shouting random slurs?

  • He scrawles scattershot epithets on packages intended for people whose names sound vaguely foreign to his tiny prejudiced ears. I suppose in his head each package contains racial dilution and a job vacuum.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I think you've won for the day.

  • John Johnston

    It's *Captain* Marvel.

  • Green Lantern

    Despite what Marvel and DC want us to believe, it's "MS. Marvel". "CAPTAIN Marvel" is the guy in the red tights and white cape. "SHAZAM" is the wizard that gave Captain Marvel his powers.

    The current descriptions are all confused crap. Yep. Signing off..

    -Cranky old comic book fan (guy)

  • Idle Primate

    i thought shazam was a word made from the first letter of each god's name and his/her attribute, which was then used as an incantation.

  • Green Lantern

    It is.
    Solomon
    Hercules
    Atlas
    Zeus
    Achilles
    Mercury

    And it is also the wizard's name.

  • Idle Primate

    thanks, i was trying to think of who the letters stood for and all i got was a big fat brain fart

  • Kip Hackman

    As that name change is a fairly recent (within the last few months) development, I think we can let it slide.

  • Renton

    I think you should change "speculation" from your last sentence to "anything."

  • Ian Fay

    Carol Danvers, aka Ms. Marvel, is basically a female Superman type.

    Flies, really tough, shoots lasers, alien-based power origin (kind of).

    In past decades, like many female heroes, she was kind of a cheesecake character often posed and wearing very little and in a really terrible outfit:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

    , but more recently she's come into her own and become pretty cool and awesome.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

    Given the obvious future focus of the Marvel movies on the space/cosmic stuff (i.e. Guardians of the Galaxy and Thanos) it makes sense to bring in some or all of the Kree stuff as well.

  • Idle Primate

    that second drawing looks a pretty pilfered from phoenix

  • BWeaves

    Her thighs scare me.

  • idiosynchronic

    I toured with an ice skating company one summer. I fear no thigh.

  • Idle Primate

    lucky fella

  • Ian Fay

    Submitted without comment:

    http://i164.photobucket.com/al...

  • rio

    Whedon you should know better than piss off Alice. Girl is the sweetest psychopath in town.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm pretty sure she'd kill you for calling her sweet.

  • But what a way to go...

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Right? Worth it.

  • rio

    totally worth it. that's why I like teasing her.

  • Blake

    Emily Blunt vs Ruth Wilson? Damn You Whedon! Can't we have both?

    Side note: WTF! Emily Blunt is married to that guy from The Office?

    Emily Blunt & John Krasinski / Emilia Clarke & Seth Macflaren / Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis / Alison Brie & Dave Franco...How can this be?

  • The details are close, but no cigar. Carol Danvers was a USAF Major who was caught up in an explosion caused by a Kree device and her genes fused with Captain Marvel's (who was full Kree). Whedon could very possibly turn Ms. Marvel into a secondary villain, considering she's one of the more powerful (not MOST powerful, mind) superheroes in the Marvel universe.

    There's this on her Wikipedia page: "Ms. Marvel also plays a significant role in the limited series Secret Invasion against the alien shapeshifting Skrulls. She befriends the Skrull impostor of Captain Marvel and proves to him that she is not a Skrull by revealing intimate details about their life together." The Chitauri, from the last Avengers movie, is the Ultimate's version of the Skrulls.

    I'm concerned about the rumors and allusions of the movies pointing towards the Superhuman Registration Act as a story arc. I think that is a topic that would do poorly on film at this point in time, because of the fact alone that it would have to reveal RDJ's charismatic Iron Man as being pro-registration and that may not go over well with some audiences. (Remember the whole "poison" arc in IM2? It bogged the entire movie down.)

    I wonder where exactly Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel will fit in with Avengers 2.

  • Idle Primate

    not to mention we have a similar theme running through the x-men movies already

  • X-Men movies? Wha? Who are you? WHAT YEAR IS THIS.

  • BlackRabbit

    I figured they could bring her in as a "failsafe" for the Avengers. I mean, they had a cage ready for the Hulk. I dunno about most powerful, though. *geekfight*

  • "One of the more powerful." In my mind, no one will ever surpass The Phoenix Force (a.k.a., my love, Jean Grey). :P

    I dunno. I can almost hear the anchor dragging on the cement with this announcement. Avengers is already pretty crowded with big names, both in the celebrity world and comics world.

  • I know nothing about comics, etc, but just off the top of my head they might not want to go with that plot as it's a little too similar to X3's?

    Oh, wait, I forgot that movie never existed. Carry on!

    Ms Marvel sounds pretty awesome, though. We seriously need a kickass female superhero already.

  • Catwoman wasn't enough for you?! HER GOGGLES MADE IT LOOK LIKE SHE HAD CAT EARS LOLOLOL.

  • John G.
    After:
    * Iron Man 3
    * Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    * Thor: The Dark World
    * Ant-Man
    and finally Avengers 2
    Are we going to want a Mrs. Marvel movie still?

  • Quatermain

    They're making an Ant-Man movie? They must have reached the bottom of the barrel a lot quicker than I thought they would.

  • Fredo

    Ant-Man, directed by Edgar Wright.

    At least it's not a reboot of Daredevil.

  • Quatermain

    If it was done in that '70's grindhouse style like in that trailer that was floating around here a while back, a Daredevil reboot would be infinitely more worth watching than some tiny guy controlling ants with his mind.

  • celery

    It's funny because Marvel has reached the bottom of the barrel and DC can barely handle skimming the top.

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