Marvel Studios has never had many problems with casting. The studio has hit on all of its leads and success has only attracted more talented actors to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This includes legends like Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Kurt Russell, and more. Now, Sigourney Weaver could be the next mega-star to shine her light on the MCU.
In a new interview with Wired, Weaver discusses the roles for women across all cinema, including mainstream blockbusters. That, of course, includes roles in movies from Marvel Studios, with which Weaver has been getting acquainted.
“I have been watching, for whatever reason, some Marvel movies, and they cast really good actors.”
When pressed for a reason behind her recent Marvel marathon, Weaver was predictably evasive.
“I can’t tell you!”
She may not be able to say anything, but the most likely reason an actor would be watching Marvel movies while not being able to say why is because that actor is probably in some kind of talks with Marvel Studios. If there are no talks taking place, Weaver could just say she’s been watching Marvel movies for no other reason than she felt like it.
If Weaver is in talks with Marvel Studios, there are multiple roles she could take in the handful of films on which the studio will begin production over the next couple years. There is one potential role, however, in one particular film that makes perfect sense, so I’m going to call it now.
Sigourney Weaver is probably going to play Helen Cobb in Captain Marvel.
Helen Cobb was first introduced in Captain Marvel (Volume 7) #1 in 2012 by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. Cobb is a former fighter pilot and hero of Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Captain Marvel), who eventually becomes Danvers’ mentor and friend. Cobb is the kind of person Danvers aspires to be, knowing they are cut from the same cloth, yet very different from most people.
Could this be any more meta or perfect for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? (Hint: No!) Brie Larson will be starring in Marvel’s first female-led superhero film and her mentor could be played by the woman who gave blockbuster cinema one of its first and most iconic female action heroes. We’re talking about Carol Danvers (Larson) looking up to Weaver, a.k.a. Ripley from the Alien franchise.
This is all speculation on my part. It’s my best guess, not confirmation, but I feel pretty confident about it. Captain Marvel is co-written by Nicole Perlman, who’s leaned toward fairly recent comics before. She chose a team lineup first introduced in 2008 when she co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy just a few years later. Perlman even complimented DeConnick’s Captain Marvel run during an appearance on the Any Time with Vin Forte podcast a couple months back.
Cobb’s potential in Captain Marvel can go beyond that of a mentor. (SPOILER ALERT) In the same comic book story arc in which she was introduced, Cobb was revealed to be an adversary, so a villain turn is possible in the movie. We really could see Captain Marvel having to take on Ripley.
At this point, there is no telling if Helen Cobb is actually in Captain Marvel, much less whether or not Weaver is playing the character. It just makes a lot of sense based on the fact that Weaver is watching Marvel movies without being able to say why, the presence that she would almost automatically bring to the role of Helen Cobb, and co-writer Perlman’s love for new classics in Marvel Comics including Kelly Sue DeConnick’s incredible Captain Marvel run.
If I’m wrong, that’s fine. Weaver would be an outstanding addition in any corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If I’m right, then Captain Marvel just got even better.
Captain Marvel is due in theaters March 8, 2019.