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Kate Winslet to Go to Space After Saving Woman From Fire; Is Captain Marvel, I Guess?

For anyone who isn’t up on their superheroes at the moment, Captain Marvel is the current alias of Carol Danvers (yes, a Marvel superhero, not like that guy who shouts Shazam, and now also goes by the name Shazam), an Air Force pilot turned superhero with a love for high altitudes, space, and saving the day.

We didn’t immediately make the connection between Ms. Danvers and Kate Winslet when we heard that the latter was getting a free trip to space courtesy of uncle-in-law Sir Richard Branson, but then we dug into the details of the story and the details took a surprisingly heroic tint. The gift of the £124,000 ($200,000) ticket is partly a wedding present (Winslet married Branson’s nephew earlier this month), and partly a gift of thanks for… saving his ninety-year-old mother from a fire. Really.

We’re surprised that this is the first we’ve heard of Winslet’s derring-do, since it happend last August. When fire swept through Branson’s private island residence during a family visit, Winslet was the one to literally carry Branson’s grandmother out of the burning house. Said Branson at the time:

My mum is 90 and can walk, but it was more just to speed the process up than anything else. But anyway, she was great. She swept her up into her arms and got them out of the house as fast as possible.

Winslet’s ticket entitles her to a trip on Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft, a sub-orbital spacecraft that offers the experience of weightlessness and a view of the curvature of the earth from 60 miles above the surface. She joins the waiting list of passengers for the eight person craft alongside Tom Hanks, Stephen Hawking, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie. With a price tag of around $200k, nobody but celebrities and the infamous rich are likely to be taking the trip anytime soon, but such is the prevailing theory behind offering space tourism for such prices: they reflect the difficulty of putting the trip together with existing technology. Profits are invested in research, and eventually the price will go down, while interest in the service remains high because of its association with celebrity. In the end, we get cheaper, more attainable space travel. At least, we can hope.

See you then, Space Cowboy.

(via The Telegraph.)

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  • Jill Pantozzi

    Is it wrong to hope the trip to space gives her Captain Marvel’s actual powers?

  • Anonymous

    That bunch of celebrities would make the best Fantastic Four EVER.

  • Steven Ray Morris

    If Ms. Winslet actually becomes Captain Marvel that would be fantastic. I would also settle for her playing Carol Danvers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  • OMG! Ponies!

    But what if the cosmic rays don’t turn her into Miss Marvel? What if, instead, they turn her into She-Thing?

  • Captain ZADL

    If it does, I’ll gladly concede the name of Captain Marvel to her.

    (still an old fan of the original – and as a nerd cannot let it go ;) )

  • Anonymous

    I still would.

  • Chanel Diaz

    “God Speed, Ms. Marv-*ahem* Kate Winslet”

  • Leah Tedesco

    As wary as I am of remakes, if they ever remake Defending Your Life, she would be a good choice for the Meryl Streep role.

  • Magic Xylophone

    I wish Kate Winslet would sweep me up inter her arms.

  • Ronald Stepp

    The Fantastic Bransons? 8 )

  • Ronald Stepp

    Damn you Rogue, Damn you.

  • Ronald Stepp

    We need a shot of her on the Titanic at the front with her arms up and all spiffed up in costume, screaming, “I’m the Queen of Space!” In K’ree preferably.

  • Ronald Stepp

    If they remake Steel Magnolias, with Kate who else would be good for the movie?

  • Dean Wilderman

    I totally made that picture they used for an RP I play at. I’m dummy famous.

  • Dean Wilderman

    And as the creator of that image it would be nice if they would have slung a bit of credit my way. Don’t own the images or anything but I did work pretty hard on it.

  • Dean Wilderman

    And as the creator of that image it would be nice if they would have slung a bit of credit my way. Don’t own the images or anything but I did work pretty hard on it.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    We’d be happy to update the post. Is there a specific link we can credit it to?

  • Dean Wilderman

    @twitter-33442941:disqus THAT’S WHAT I’M SAYIN’!

  • Dean Wilderman

    My comments here aren’t posting. Up, hm.

  • Dean Wilderman

    It’s not letting me post the link here for some reason.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Email us tips [at]

  • Justin McClure

    If that’s wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

  • Anonymous

    KWin needs to be exposed to a Kree Psychemagnetron(sic?) along with Captain Marvel to complete the transmogrification…