Marvel wants a female led superhero film. Could it be Katee Sackhoff as Captain Marvel?

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From a man in a bad halloween costume sticking out his arm while somebody off camera throws a net to a team up that hulk smashed the box office records (and a certain god of mischief), we’ve certainly come a long way when it comes to superhero movies. And yet, despite the fact that we’re around the corner from a movie starring a talking tree and a cigar smoking raccoon with a machine gun, we still haven’t seen a female led superhero movie. Well, not a really good one anyway (You hear that, Catwoman?).

But Marvel is looking to change all that, and it could be that they already have an idea on exactly how to pull it off.


Louis D’Esposito, producer on all the Marvel movies and director of their two One Shot short films, Item 47 and Agent Carter, spoke to about addressing this shortcoming:

“There’s obviously a drumbeat that is banging louder and louder that we want a female lead superhero…[W]e have strong female characters in our films from Black Widow to Pepper Potts to Peggy Carter and you never know. Maybe there’s an offshoot film with one of them. Or Captain Marvel, you know?”

Captain Marvel would be Carol Danvers (not this big guy), once known as Ms Marvel (among a string of other codenames) and arguably the top superheroine in the Marvel universe. There’s been talk of a Captain Marvel movie script banging around the corridors of Hollywood for a while now, something that was finally confirmed by THR in May.

But which actress could play the part of the popular Avenger? Well how about another blonde, badass military lady with a talent for flying? As it seems that the folks at Marvel have their eye on Katee Sackhoff, known to most as Battlestar Galactica’s ballbreaker Starbuck. For what though, is where things get fuzzy.

Sackhoff is currently doing to the promotional rounds for Riddick, and joined the the latest Schmoes Know podcast (via Bleeding Cool) to talk about it. About 33 minutes 50 seconds in, they ask her if she’s heard anything from Disney or Marvel  about this. Rather annoyingly, they talk all over her and cut her off as she tries to answer (and perhaps prevented her from spilling some more beans), but it seems that she’s doing something for them:

“Um… There’s been some stuff going on. Um… there’s been a lot of checking of availability… I don’t quite know exactly… I don’t know… there’s been a lot of questions about the first quarter of next year and then the…”

The what is something that will have to remain a mystery for now, I guess. That checking of her availability for early next year is intriguing though, as that’s round about when The Avengers: Age of Ultron is supposed to start shooting. Could Marvel be interested in Sackhoff donning the red and blue flightsuit for a supporting role in the much anticipated sequel, which will then set up the character spinning off into a movie of her own? Sackhoff certainly has just enough beauty and brawns to pull the character off, and she already has quite an established fan base, so I can certainly see this as a possibility.

It may be a possibility that we wouldn’t see becoming a reality right now though. Or the next couple of years even, as Marvel’s dance card is just a tad full currently, as D’Esposito explains, despite the overwhelming need to fill the female superhero void.

“It’s hard. because we have a small group at Marvel. We do two films a year. To get those two films done and to do them right takes a lot of work and manpower. And female-power, obviously. To add a third film and to just put it in the slate right now is difficult. We have these next three, four, five films coming out and that’s what we’re really concentrating on.”

So if this does come about, expect to only see it on the Phase 3 schedule, sometime in 2016 or 2017. I certainly hope it does come to fruition, if for nothing else than just to was the taste of Catwoman out of my brain.

Last Updated: September 9, 2013

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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