We are finally getting a solo Spider-Woman movie and even better, Olivia Wilde has signed on to direct! Fans have been clamoring for Jessica Drew and most assumed she would just appear in another character film, like Spider-Man’s next sequel.
This news is even better because it will add another female led superhero film to the genre and on top of that, another female directed superhero film.
Now, the Spider-Woman project hasn’t been confirmed if it will be a Sony production or a co-production between Sony and Marvel Studios. Obviously, fans will be hoping for the latter so Marvel characters can be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where they belong. Although Venom was a successful Sony-only production, there have been talks of Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage and Morbius connecting to the MCU.
These Sony “Spider-Verse” movies are looking more likely to connect to the MCU, so let’s assume the same will happen with Spider-Woman. Also, if this is a co-production, the master Kevin Feige will be able to lend his expertise to this film. This would strengthen the relationship between Sony and Marvel so we can continue to have Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, and the entire roster of Sony-owned Marvel characters accessible to the MCU.
Now, for the big question: Who could portray Jessica Drew in the Spider-Woman film? Luckily, I have a few options in mind.
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One of the more popular picks among fans to take on the role of Spider-Woman is Alicia Vikander. She has made quite a name for herself within the last four to five years. She’s gorgeous, undeniably talented, and at just 31 years old, she could play the role into the foreseeable future.
In the last five years, Vikander has starred in films such as Jason Bourne, Ex Machina, The Man From UNCLE, and the titular role in the newest Tomb Raider (above). She’s has also exhibited her insane versatility as an actress. This seems like a winning casting and one the majority of fans would approve.
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Perhaps the most popular pick of them all amongst fans, Daisy Ridley would be perfect for this role. Bursting onto the scene in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Rey, Ridley immediately put the world on notice that she was here to stay.
Since that scene-stealing performance, Ridley has since gone on to star in two more Star Wars films and Murder on the Orient Express. Her acting resume may be limited but there’s no questioning Ridley’s talent and ability. She could play a character like Spider-Woman and easily carry an action film/franchise.
Lily Collins, while not as well known as the first two actresses on this list, is every bit as talented. Her resume is a mixed bag of different kinds of roles. It’s almost as if she was deliberate about never being typecast. That decision has really allowed her to flex her range as an actress.
The biggest credits to her name that audiences will be familiar with are her roles in The Blind Side, Mortal Instruments, and Netflix’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. She also had a prominent role in 2011’s action film, Priest, where she proved her action chops and would definitely use them to her credit in this role.
Emma Watson really needs no introduction or explanation about why she made this list for those who know her. She’s been a star ever since her performance as Hermione Granger in 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone and every Potter movie since. Surprisingly, she was never handed the keys to her own vehicle in her post-Potter era.
After the Potter films, Watson landed roles in films like The Bling Ring, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the mystery thriller, The Circle. But her biggest role outside of Hermione, was Belle in Disney’s Beauty of the Beast which made more than $1 billion at the box office.
Watson is clearly a draw with audiences. She’s proven how incredible of an actress she is, and knows what it takes to play a strong, badass female character. This could be the big post-Potter franchise she deserves.
Last, but certainly not least, Gemma Arterton might be the oldest actress on this list at 34 years old, but she could easily pull off a Spider-Woman in her mid 20s. Arterton has pieced together an impressive and diverse acting resume throughout her career, from drama to comedy and has even starred in her fair share of action films.
She has had starring roles in big-time action films like The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and is starring in this year’s (at least it’s scheduled for this year for now) The King’s Man.
Action films seem to be her bread-and-butter, which is perfect for the actress taking on the role of Spider-Woman. Out of all the different genres of films Arterton has appeared in, she’s yet to add a comic book movie to her repertoire. This could be the perfect role for her.