Emily Blunt to Join MCU as Villain in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?’

Emily Blunt has been a Marvel “almost” since the beginning of the Avengers saga. The actress — known for starring in The Devil Wears Prada, Mary Poppins Returns, Edge of Tomorrow, A Quiet Place, and more — has been forced to turn down two Marvel roles already. Scheduling conflicts have not been kind to Blunt, but will her luck with the MCU finally change?

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Emily Blunt | Pascal Le Segretain/WireImage

Emily Blunt turned down Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Peggy Carter; she was forced to walk away from the MCU when Iron Man found its way to her desk and again when Captain America: The First Avenger wound up in her hands. Though in talks to join both movies, the roles went to Scarlett Johansson and Hayley Atwell, respectively.

Though no one would deny that Scarlett Johansson has embodied Natasha Romanoff with a sense of ease, crawling into the character as if it was written for her, Blunt fans are still dying to see the actress don a super suit. And, well, a recent leak suggests that she’s on the shortlist for a major villain in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. 

Emily Blunt to Play Nightmare in ‘Doctor Strange 2’: Who else is in the running? 

A recent leak by Reddit user ucalebcold3, and reported on by We Got This Covered, has revealed details surrounding the upcoming Doctor Strange installment. Like all leaks, this one must also be taken with a grain of salt; however, if boasting even the slightest degree of credibility, Emily Blunt may, at last, enter the MCU. Part of the leak reads: 

Several high-profile male and female actors are being discussed for Nightmare, including Eva Green, Emily Blunt, Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby, Natalie Dormer, Ewan McGregor, James McAvoy, Cillian Murphy, Dan Stevens and Jared Leto.

Considering Nightmare is an ethereal, genderless being, the character is completely open to both male and female actors, without necessarily undoing any comic book lore (not that the MCU is afraid to do such). 

Emily Blunt is just one of the actors who has found her way to the alleged shortlist for the character; however, will she finally be able to accept the role? If chosen, will Emily Blunt be able to enter the MCU this time around? Gulliver’s Travels kept Blunt from becoming Black Widow, which, in hindsight, is quite tragic. 

Emily Blunt’s upcoming roles 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to release in May of 2021. According to IMDb, the film, only recently announced, has not yet entered pre-production. However, we can assume that filming would begin sometime in early-mid 2020. As for Emily Blunt, she may be able to swing it this time (if she so desires).

Blunt has two movies coming out in 2020, both of which have already entered post-production: A Quiet Place and Jungle Cruise. She is currently filming one movie, Wild Mountain Thyme and will star in Not Fade Away (currently in pre-production). 

Blunt is also rumored to return as Rita in Live Die Repeat and Repeat. However, with only two films in pre-production, both of which will likely start filming soon, she may be able to make time for the MCU at last. Her schedule is not quite packed to the brim, and Doctor Strange has not even entered pre-production yet. While she is only one of the actors in the running, seeing Blunt enter the MCU after all these missed opportunities would feel appropriate.