Blunt is already firmly ensconced in the wonderful world of Disney, having not only played Mary Poppins but appearing in the upcoming Jungle Cruise. So now that she’s already worked on the Disney side, she’ll work with the Marvel side, right? Right now that’s a definite maybe at best.
How Emily Blunt paid her dues
Blunt, 36, began acting professionally in the early 2000s, with one of her first notable credits being the film My Summer of Love, about two women from different social classes in a lesbian relationship.
Her breakthrough to the mainstream came via The Devil Wears Prada, where she starred opposite Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep, playing Streep’s tart-tongued secretary. That role earned her BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.
From there, acclaimed performances multiplied, including indies like the underrated Sunshine Cleaning with Amy Adams, the comedy The Five Year Engagement opposite Jason Segel and Alison Brie.
She began a particularly strong run with The Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise, the musical Into the Woods and the drama Sicario, where she earned strong reviews as an FBI agent working against drug runners.
Here’s how well Blunt is liked by her peers – she got her first Screen Actors Guild Award for playing the lead in the thriller The Girl on the Train, which had middling reviews on the whole although Blunt brought her A-game.
Her second nomination came for Mary Poppins Returns, and she won for A Quiet Place, the sci-fi thriller written and directed by her husband, John Krasinski.
What might Emily Blunt do for Marvel?
According to a fan site called Murphy’s Multiverse, Blunt met with Marvel about starring in one of their movies. The site treats this as rumor only, with no information about what the role or movie might be. Fans on Reddit wanted her and Krasinski to play Sue Storm and Mr. Fantastic in the MCU version of the Fantastic Four.
Murphy’s Multiverse says, “That’s it. That is all I heard. Don’t know if she signed or passed on yet another Marvel Studios role. I don’t even know what the role they discussed was. However, with the new character description (which many of us are ASSUMING is Clea) now out there, it seemed the right time to mention the meeting. “
Clea refers to a sorceress who might appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. That movie just signed a new director, Sam Raimi, who made the three Spider-Man movies with Tobey Maguire. As it happens, Blunt almost had another very well-known Marvel role: Black Widow.
According to Wikipedia, she had been Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau’s first choice, but she had to decline the role due to scheduling conflicts, with, of all things, Gulliver’s Travels, which is not a bright spot on many people’s resumes.
What’s next for Emily Blunt?
Blunt has a busy 2020. She will star in A Quiet Place Part II, again directed by Krasinski, with that film being both a prequel and a sequel. We get to see the invasion by the noise-sensitive aliens that started all this trouble in the first place, and the movie also deals with the aftermath of the events from the first film. Its release date is March 20.
Jungle Cruise, due July 24 is Disney’s latest attempt to turn one of its signature rides into a movie. The concept may sound iffy, but then again, people thought turning Pirates of the Caribbean into a ride sounded dumb, and look what happened there. Blunt’s presence alone promises at least a few engaging moments, as does her costar, Dwayne Johnson.