‘Captain Marvel’: Did the MCU Make a Mistake By Casting Brie Larson Instead of This Oscar Winner?

Following Avengers: Endgame, heroes like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) no longer lead the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead, fans expect Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and other heroes to assume leadership. However, some still complain about Larson’s casting. Now new fan art imagines another Oscar winner as Carol Danvers.

Annette Bening and Brie Larson at the 'Captain Marvel' special screening
Annette Bening and Brie Larson at the ‘Captain Marvel’ special screening | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Disney Studios

Brie Larson has become a divisive figure among some MCU fans

When Larson joined Captain Marvel, she did so soon after her Academy Award win for Room. The actor had previously appeared in movies such as 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. But she still wasn’t yet a household name. In fact, that notoriety came in the lead-up to her entrance in the MCU.

Larson’s political views — and especially her stance on representation and diversity — contributed to her controversial standing among some fans. Yet, she still led Captain Marvel to strong reviews and a worldwide box office of $1.1 billion. Filmmaker Nia DaCosta recently signed on to direct Larson in the sequel, which is set for release in 2022.

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A new piece of fan art imagines this Oscar winner as Captain Marvel

Larson’s casting has, of course, proven divisive. So some folks online still wonder what Captain Marvel would look like with another star in the role. Given Marvel’s talent for casting acclaimed performers as its superheroes, the actor in question would have to be at least as celebrated as Larson, if not more so. And another Oscar-winning star feels like the right fit.

Visual artist BossLogic took to Instagram to envision Charlize Theron as Captain Marvel. Theron won the Academy Award for her performance in Monster a few years before Larson got her trophy. Theron has definitely become known for her work in action movies these past few years. After all, her latest, The Old Guard, essentially sees her play a superhero.

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Could Charlize Theron join the MCU in another role?

Theron certainly would have been a great Captain Marvel too. But just because she missed out on Carol Danvers doesn’t mean the MCU can’t find room elsewhere. In a recent interview on Variety’s The Big Ticket podcast, Theron admitted she hadn’t joined the MCU because she hadn’t been asked.

However, that might be about to change. Now that Theron is firmly back in the action-adventure world, fans shouldn’t be surprised if she pops up in the MCU. In fact, recent reports even indicate she could be becoming a Marvel superhero sooner than anyone expected.