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Clark Gregg: “I Would Be A Lady Alien Captain Marvel”


I can’t say this because these guys are like, giant muscular superheroes, but if I had a magical transformation, I wouldn’t mind being Captain Marvel. Although, there’s a new Captain Marvel in the comics who’s a lady alien, and she’s hot. I would be a lady alien Captain Marvel.Clark Gregg

He may be keeping busy with the new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show coming out soon, but in the mean time Gregg might just have his eye on a slightly less conventional casting choice.

There are rumors that Marvel is working on a Captain Marvel movie– maybe we’ll see Greg don the skintight suit for that future feature film.

(via Digital Spy)

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  • Anonymous

    I think a female Captain Mar-Vell would be great, but please let it be the armored Ultimate Mar-Vell and not the tights wearing one.

  • LifeLessons

    Well done sir.

  • Thomas Hayes

    Lol. But seriously, Coulson would be a great supporting character in that film if they make it. I’ve got no idea who I would cast as Carol Danvers, though.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to see Kate Winslet or Katee Sackhoff.

  • CMFTW

    [Insert me being a douche saying that he is now and always will be called Shazam and to deal with it and let the REAL Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) reign supreme]

    That would be hilarious! xD

  • CMFTW

    That would be cool. My vote for Carol Danvers is Yvonne Strahovski.

  • Anonymous

    Really? Three down?

  • Thomas Hayes

    They probably think you have something against Carol Danvers.I assumed you’re thinking more along the lines of genderswapping the original Kree character, from the way you said it?

  • Anonymous

    Katee Sackhoff would be my first choice, too. Although Katie Cassidy would also be a nice choice, imo.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still annoyed that everyone thinks rebranding Carol as Captain Marvel for trademark purposes is the best thing even when she’s actually risen to the rank of USAF Colonel.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, something like that. I’m saying gender swap the kree character from the Ultimate edition. I think the armored form makes a) more sense than tights, and b) looks a little more alien.

  • totz the plaid

    I think he was talking about Phyla-Vell, not Carol Danvers. Granted, she hasn’t used the name “Captain Marvel” for a few years, but Phyla did use that monicker for a short bit if I’m not mistaken, and being full-Kree, she fits the ‘lady alien’ bill more than the Kree-infused-human Carol Danvers…

  • Anonymous

    Katee Sackhoff would be good, but my first thought was actually Charlize Theron.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Oh, dear, is Clark Gregg ever NOT a fangirl’s dream?

  • Anonymous

    SHAZAM IS THE WIZARD! I DON’T CARE WHAT DC SAYS! YOU CAN’T BE A SUPERHERO IF YOU CAN’T INTRODUCE YOURSELF WITHOUT LOSING YOUR POWERS!
    (Captain Marvel Jr. notwithstanding)

  • Anonymous

    Yes! I would commit an unspeakably violent act just to see Charlize Theron in that role.

  • CMFTW

    I look at it this way.

    Former military personnel don’t get to carry their rank as superheroes. Just like being a former general in the army doesn’t make you a boat general (even if there is such a thing) with your new fishing business (wouldn’t you be captain of the ship?).

    Anyway…

    Usually (specifically Marvel), superheros with the title of Captain, denotes someone with a strong military background and having displayed leadership/military strategies within superhero groups. It’s more so their identities and given names than it is a rank.

    That’s why you don’t see (that I know of) any other title than “Captain”.

    P.S. You can be a superhero with the title of Captain as your identity/name without ever having been in the military.

  • CMFTW

    I know. :p
    I think it was VERY lazy of DC to call him Shazam in the first place instead of an original & unique name.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Taking the same name as her dead ex-boyfriend instead of continuing her own unique super identity feels like a big step backwards for her character especially since it’s a lower rank than she’s earned.

    Arbitrarily sticking “Captain” in front of one’s codename is a trend that needs to stop. It’s time other synonyms of leadership got some play.

  • CMFTW

    A combination of Smasher and Captain Universe? LMAO! *shudder*

  • CMFTW

    Not that I agree with anything you just said (or that you understood anything I said). Would you rather her be called, Colonel Marvelous? :p

    If you read & understood the comics. You would know that she wasn’t “continuing” his identity and that “Captain” wasn’t a rank.

  • Nick Gaston

    …maybe they could have her transfer to the Navy? She’d still be an O-6, but a “Captain.”

  • Amanda Murray

    Katee Sackhoff or bust! (or me. Obviously. :P)

  • Amanda Murray

    It’s better than Ms., though. Seriously.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see a problem with calling her Colonel Marvel. Now that DC abandonned its stake in the Captain Marvel name, Marvel is just too lazy to trademark a new unique name for her (which also makes me wonder who they’ll stick with her old Ms. Marvel name to hang onto it). The only reason her predecessor was called Captain Marvel was because he actually was Captain Mar-Vell of the Kree Militia. It’s not an inheritable title like “Protector of the Universe,” “Sorcerror Supreme,” or “Madame Hydra.” If Carol suddenly wanted to put an authoritative title into her codename, I don’t see why she couldn’t use her rank even when she’s not with the Air Force. Carol Danvers is a feminist patriot so it seems like she should be promoting her accomplishments as a proud role model rather than answering to a lower rank for the sake of tradition. Since she’s not using the title as rank yet understands what rank titles mean, it’d be more appropriate for someone who up through the military to pick a diffent title that couldn’t be confused with an official rank. Taking the name Captain Marvel to be “the best she could be” on the advice of Captain America & the late Helen Cobb implies that her own unique identity is inferior to that of a dead alien traitor of lower service rank.

  • Anonymous

    When Carol was introduced, Ms. was the most feminist honorific available. It put the fact that she’s an independent woman up front as opposed to calling her something like Marvel Lass or Marvel Girl (luckily for Carol, Jean Grey already called dibs) as was the custom of the era. Plus, it’s a memorable alliteration. Alliteration is awesome!

  • CMFTW

    I don’t see people that have “Jr.” in their names change their names entirely because they completely outshine their predecessors. They keep it to honor them. It shows honor & humility.

    Carol doesn’t want to distance herself from Mar-Vell. She want’s to honor him and his legacy.

    At the end of a Secret Avengers run (during AvX) before she became Captain Marvel. She said that the name defines the best of us and should live on. She wasn’t forced to take the name. She CHOSE to take the name.

    Also her taking the name Captain Marvel does a few things; It shows that it isn’t a gender specific name and that female superheros can be Captain too! It doesn’t conform to patriarchy, by showing that women can be successors of men.

    It doesn’t get more feminist than that!

  • Amanda Murray

    Except that she had a military rank, and was still called Ms. Ms. was definitely not an appropriate honourific for her.

  • Anonymous

    In the Q&A for Much Ado About Nothing at SIFF, Gregg was asked whose part he would have chosen if it were up to him, and his pick was Beatrice. The audience laughed, but it ain’t bad – Beatrice gets the best lines.

  • Anonymous

    Is not undervaluing a woman’s unique identity & achievements until she’s allowed to emulate the set role of a male just institutionalized misogyny?

  • CMFTW

    DUDE! Have you even read her new comics? There are a ton of new female fans because of her new comics. And it’s not because of Mar-Vell.

  • Anonymous

    She chose to call herself “Ms.” As she’s a bachelorette, it’s an accurate honourific.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad Marvel never prommoted Monica Rambeau as the original female Captain Marvel (who was actually a Lieutenant). After giving up that name, it seems like she has a different codename each time she pops up before being shuffled off into Character Limbo.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe “Captain Marvel” will be like the new Enterprise and they can just stick a letter after each incarnation. So would Danvers be Captain Marvel D, the Next Generation?