'Avengers 2' Rumor: Emily Blunt, Ruth Wilson Tapped to Play Ms. Marvel

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"The Avengers 2" is still quite a ways off; not due to hit theaters until May 2015, both Marvel Studios and writer/director Joss Whedon have some time to get their ducks in a row. A recent rumor would seemingly indicate that they're indeed in the process of doing so right now, as they may be seeking to cast the role of Carol Danvers, aka Ms. Marvel.

It should be noted that the source here is infamous rumor-mongerer The Daily Mail, but the outlet casually revealed that both Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson are the front-runners to play the female Avenger, who would join Black Widow in upping the group's estrogen quotient a bit.

Forgetting the source here (which should be enough to discredit it), let's consider the facts of the matter: while it's rational to assume that Whedon and Marvel are furiously plugging away at "The Avengers 2" in some manner, it seems unlikely that they've made it this far along.

After all, recent reports have indicated that James Gunn isn't even finished penning the script for "Guardians of the Galaxy," the film that will feed into the second "Avengers" film. One would assume that Marvel is more focused on getting that project squared away.

One should never say never, of course, but fans should probably wait for some sort of confirmation before even assuming Ms. Marvel will play a role in the next film.

Assuming she does, however, it would be a nice, inspired move; the team could use another female component, and, if Whedon can also squeeze in War Machine or The Falcon into the mix, The Avengers would suddenly be colorfully diverse.

For the uninitiated, Carol Danvers became Ms. Marvel after being caught in an explosion with Captain Marvel; as a result of the explosion, their DNAs became intertwined, thus gifting Danvers with super powers that she began to use under the guise of Ms. Marvel.

Since then, she's been an on-again, off-again member of The Avengers (among other groups), so she would be an obvious fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of the team, but I wouldn't expect any confirmation of her involvement anytime soon.

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