Marvel Studios already cast a wrestler to play Drax the Destroyer, so why not an MMA fighter to play Captain Marvel? That’s a question fans will be asking themselves after Ronda Rousey’s recent Reddit Ask Me Anything.
During the fan Q&A, a Reddit user asked Rousey which hero she would play if she were cast in a superhero film. “Well… a lot of the good ones have been taken, but I’d like to vie for Miss Marvel,” Rousey responds.
“Captain Marvel” is the planned Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 3 film set to tell the story of Carol Danvers.Though Marvel hasn’t set a director for the project, “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Nicole Perlman and “Inside Out’s” Meg LeFauve are writing the script. It’s dated for a Nov. 2, 2018 release, though the expectation is that the studio will introduce Carol in an earlier MCU movie.
Discussing writing the screenplay with Wired, Perlman admitted she and LeFauve have “been talking a lot about archetypes and what we want this movie to be about and just how to write a strong female superhero without making it Superman with boobs. Meg and I are doing a lot of brainstorming and we’ll catch ourselves and say, ‘Wait a minute, what are we saying [here] about women in power?’ Then we have to say, ‘Why are we getting so hung up on that? We should just tell the best story and build the best character.’”
There’s been plenty of precedent for athletes — particularly competitive fighters like Rousey and “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Dave Bautista — making their way onto the big screen in Hollywood as superheroes. Looking at recent upcoming examples like Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam in “Shazam!” and Gina Carano as Angel Dust in “Deadpool,” Rousey would be a smart pick for Marvel for its first female-led superhero movie.
Rousey is currently one of the hottest figures in pop culture, making headlines for everything from beating Bethe Correia at UFC 190 to her body-positive comments where she explained her physique is “femininely bada** as f*** because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose.” She’s also breaking more and more into Hollywood, between appearances in “Entourage” and “Furious 7” and Paramount Pictures making a movie about her that she’ll star in.
While Marvel is likely still years away from starting production on “Captain Marvel,” but the studio shouldn’t consider this outside the realm of possibility — especially if the plan is to introduce Carol Danvers prior to her own film. Rousey is already a real-life superhero; why not make her a comic book one as well?