When it comes to females in science fiction, there’s no denying that most the most notable actress is Alien‘s Sigourney Weaver. (To this day, Ripley is still viewed as one of the best sci-fi characters.) Weaver has steadily built a career full of impressive performances, most of which have been within the sci-fi genre, delivering one excellent performance after another. With roles ranging from the aforementioned Alien, to Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, Avatar, and The Cabin in the Woods, it’s safe to say Weaver’s resume is one full of exciting roles. With that said, thus far, Weaver has managed to escape being pulled into the comic book world. That could very well be changing, though, if Weaver’s recent interview with the folks over at Wired is anything to go by.
One of the topics Weaver opened up about during her interview with Wired was the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actress revealed that she has been watching “some” Marvel movies as of late. And while she couldn’t admit exactly why she was doing so, she did go on to praise the studio’s knack for casting.
Weaver is right about the TIFF slate, but what about in big blockbusters? Despite the inroads Ripley made, it’s been harder for women to break into, say, superhero movies. But even that is changing with Wonder Woman coming next year and Captain Marvel hitting in 2019. And Weaver notes that there are good parts to be had in both serious films and spandex ones. “To me, a good movie you cannot generalize,” she says. “I have been watching, for whatever reason, some Marvel movies, and they cast really good actors.” That’s true. Brie Larson just got cast as Captain Marvel and she’s got an Oscar, and… Wait, why is Sigourney Weaver binge-watching Marvel movies? “I can’t tell you!” she says. Fair enough, but she will say she’s enthralled by the work Marvel is doing, and by the performers populating their ever-expanding universes. “How can you relate to someone flying around with a cape?” she asks. “That takes work.”
Now, given that this is such a short quote, it’s hard to make too much of it. However, it is also difficult to entirely ignore it. If there’s one thing we should be used to by now, it’s when actors and actresses play coy in regards to the MCU, there’s usually a reason behind their doing so. So let’s just pretend for a moment that Marvel as looking at Weaver for a potential role, what film would we expect her to be cast in? While most of the current focus is undoubtedly on Black Panther, which finally goes before cameras in January, there’s also a good amount of focus on the still upcoming Captain Marvel. We know that film, which will be Marvel’s first female-led movie, will star Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson as the titular character, and that Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman will write it alongside Inside Out’s Meg LeFauve have tackled the script. As of right now, the film is still lacking a director, although Marvel has been narrowing down the list, and details surrounding which characters will make an appearance have been lacking. Yet, while there’s still a decent amount of time before the film finally enters production, it’s entirely possible Marvel is already casting for the production – enter Weaver. Adding someone of Weaver’s caliber – someone that is often referred to as the “Queen” of science fiction – to the film would only result in further excitement over the project. It’d also just be an awesome casting addition.
Of course, this is all just speculation at this point, but if Weaver were to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who would you like to see her play? Sound off in the comments below.