“Avengers” Sequel Aiming to Get Blunt?

A new rumor is popping up all over the Web: British actresses Emily Blunt (“Looper”) and Ruth Wilson (BBC’s “Luther”) are both vying for the high-profile role of Ms. Marvel in the sequel to this past summer’s “Avengers,” the superhero team-up flick that has become one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

For those of you who aren’t a Marvel-Maniac like myself, here’s a brief lowdown on the relatively obscure character:

Major Carol Danvers, who first debuted as a member of the United States Air Force in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968), originally had no powers. But when she got caught in an explosion with Captain Marvel (an alien superhero) their DNA became intertwined, thereby giving Danvers super-human abilities…and transforming her into Ms. Marvel.

For a more detailed profile, be sure to check out this Marvel Wiki, which we’re pretty sure Wilson and Blunt are memorizing at this very moment.

Unlike Wilson, Blunt – an Oscar-nominee for her breakout role in “The Devil Wears Prada” – is no stranger to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She had previously been considered for the role as Black Widow in “Iron Man 2.” It didn’t work out, as Scarlett Johansson got the part; but obviously, Blunt made an impression on the powers-that-be at the comics/film giant, and landing the Ms. Marvel role could end up being a lot more fun since Widow has no real super powers.

For fans, this little tidbit of gossip is juicy, but it should be taken with a grain of salt. Shooting is scheduled for next year in anticipation of a May 2015 release, and the notoriously-secretive Marvel has offered no confirmation that the super-heroine will even be involved in the film’s plot. Then again, Marvel has publicly admitted that through the involvement of Thor, Thanos (teased at the end of “Avengers” as the villain in the next film) and the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, an otherworldly element is being introduced that will allow them to go far beyond the Earth-bound tales of heroes like Captain America and Iron Man.

Also, director Joss Whedon is famed for his strong female characters, from Black Widow to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

If proven to be true, whichever actress lands the role will likely find it to be a true game-changer for her career. In my opinion, the team could use more estrogen, but would you like to see Blunt assemble with the Avengers? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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