Marvel has its hands full navigating the waters as it moves towards their first solo outing for a female superhero. It’s a minefield of misrepresentations and constantly moving the goalposts. Now Olivia Wilde is adding her two cents to the conversation, demanding not simply female lead superhero movies, but female superheroes who are complex.
In a interview with Cinema Blend the actress took a moment to voice her own opinion on the state of female superheroes:
“The thing with female superheroes is that, in order to be powerful, they are flawless. The idea of kick-ass power lacks a certain nuance, at times. There is something to be said for a female director working to create a female superhero that perhaps [has] a little more complexity.”
Wilde also expressed discernment over the perceived “perfection” of female superheroes. She cited the unexpected casting of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man which lead to, perhaps, the most complicated individual character of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and, by no coincidence, the most popular character of the mega-franchise.
Previously, Wilde had joked about portraying Captain Marvel on Twitter… which doesn’t mean anything, but I think it would be a hell of a fit. Ms. Marvel is one hell of a character with a lot depth and opportunity to make something really big and personal. For one, it doesn’t seem like they’ll be covering the Demon in a Bottle story of Tony Stark, so there’d be little to clash with Carol Danver’s own problem with alcohol abuse. Wilde is one hell of an actress, and I’m not just saying that because she’s a beautiful woman and I’m an imperfect heterosexual male: she was the best part of House that didn’t walk with a cane and made The Lazarus Effect bearable by turning in a performance that was WAY too good for that movie.
All I can say is: Marvel, it is this lowly writer’s humble opinion that it might be cool to at least consider Ms. Wilde for Ms. Marvel. It could work!
Via The Wrap