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“The female parts in a superhero film feel thankless”: Emily Blunt Breaks Silence on Refusing Marvel Roles After Losing to Both Scarlett Johansson And Margot Robbie

Emily Blunt Breaks Silence on Refusing Marvel Roles After Losing to Both Scarlett Johansson And Margot Robbie

It seems like Emily Blunt would rather “act tough” than play stereotypically strong and independent female characters. Instead, she would probably prefer to decline the role altogether.

Since the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Emily Blunt has been sought after for superhero roles. She was, however, previously a little hesitant to work on superhero movies due to how they handled their female characters.

The 40-year-old actress, who has starred in Sicario, Looper, and My Summer of Love has also been considered for a number of notable roles in blockbuster superhero movies. However, to name a few, she hasn’t accepted two of the key roles that could have been the pinnacle of her career. 

Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada
Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada

Well, the British actress lost two of the key roles during the course of her career, including ‘Black Widow’ in Iron Man 2, which eventually went to Scarlett Johansson.

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Also, take note that the Jungle Cruise actress was said to be the top contender to play Sue Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four, which also was bagged by Margot Robbie.

See also: “It was a heartbreaker for me”: Emily Blunt Regrets Turning Down Offer To Be Robert Downey Jr’s Co-Star in Iron Man

Emily Blunt Believed That Female Roles In Superhero Films Were ‘Thankless’

For years, Emily Blunt has been associated with the superhero genre. She had previously been considered for the role of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, which eventually went to Scarlett Johansson. But she made it clear that she was unable to perform the job due to ‌scheduling conflicts. She once remarked on The Howard Stern Show:


“It was a bit of a heartbreaker for me because I take such pride in the decisions that I make, and they mean so much to me, the films that I do. So that was tough.”

Over the years, Blunt’s opinion on superhero features has remained largely constant. She admitted in 2012 that she stayed away from superhero movies, in part because of the way female characters were handled in the movies. She found the roles played by the men to be much more intriguing than those of the women.

Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt

Additionally, A Quiet Place actress once admitted to Vulture that:

“Usually the female parts in a superhero film feel thankless. She’s the pill girlfriend while the guys are whizzing around saving the world. I didn’t do the other ones because the part wasn’t very good or the timing wasn’t right, but I’m open to any kind of genre if the part is great and fun and different and a challenge in some way.”

See also: Emily Blunt Believes Husband John Krasinski Might Be Reprising Reed Richards Role in Fantastic 4 Movie Amidst Recast Rumors

Will Emily Blunt play Sue Storm in The Fantastic Four?

There were also persistent rumors that Emily Blunt was a contender to play Sue Storm, a superhero, in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. But she clarified her reasons for not wanting to work on superhero projects while claiming the rumors weren’t true.

The Edge of Tomorrow actress is said to be a great fit to play Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman) in Marvel’s upcoming Fantastic Four, according to a number of online rumors. But the role has now reportedly been bagged by the Barbie actress, Margot Robbie.

Fans’ hopes were further rekindled by Blunt’s response to the rumors, in which she claimed that no one had approached her about the part. This gave rise to the theory that, if Marvel Studios did approach her, she might have accepted the role.

Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt

She confessed: 

“I don’t know if superheroes are for me. They’re not up my alley. I think it’s been exhausted. I think we are inundated. It’s not only all the movies, it’s the endless TV shows as well. And it’s not to say that I would never want to play one, it would just have to be something so cool, and like a really cool character. Then I’d be interested. But in general, I don’t race to see superhero movies. Maybe because I feel they leave me feeling a bit cold.”

Thus, the 40-year-old actress may no longer be in the running for the Sue Storm role because, at the end of the day, it is a superhero character.

And the script will portray her in such a way that she comes off as a strong and intense female character, which is precisely what Blunt seems to dislike.


Also Read: “It’s not just about those laser beams on his face”: After Christopher Nolan, Emily Blunt Was Captivated by Oppenheimer Co-Star Cillian Murphy’s “Crazy Eyes”

The release of Fantastic Four is scheduled for 14 February 2025.


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