Captain Marvel 2: Zawe Ashton to play the villain in MCU sequel

Last Updated on August 5, 2021

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Velvet Buzzsaw actress Zawe Ashton has joined the cast of Marvel's Captain Marvel 2. According to reports, Ashton will play the villain in the highly-anticipated sequel, which is set to be directed by Candyman helmer Nia DaCosta.

Megan McDonnell, a story editor on the Marvel-based series WandaVision, wrote the script for the Captain Marvel sequel, which also has Ms. Marvel star Iman Vellani and Teyonah Parris set to star. Ashton's character name has yet to be revealed, though it's been said that she'll play the main villain in the Marvel film.

No plot details have been revealed about Captain Marvel 2 as of yet, but the multiverse elements being introduced in Phase Four have already begun to develop on the Disney+ series WandaVision as well as with the casting of Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. So, in the absence of concrete details, why don't you don your Theory Cap and come along on a brief ride with me.

We already know that Ms.Marvel herself, Kamala Khan, will appear opposite Brie Larson in Captain Marvel 2, right? That is two Marvels. We also have WandaVision's Teyonah Parris reprising her role as Monica Rambeau. Monica Rambeau also bore the mantle of Captain Marvel in the pages of Marvel Comics. That is three Marvels. Looking through the annals of Captain Marvel history, she has faced off with many villains both as a member of the Avengers and other teams. One nemesis that crops up and has faced virtually every iteration of Captain Marvel is Moonstone.

A renowned psychiatrist named Karla Sofen, Moonstone has long been a villain for the various Captain Marvels through the years and even joined Baron Zemo's Masters of Evil. Hey, isn't Zemo the villain in the upcoming The Falcon and The Winter Soldier? Interesting. Moonstone herself took the name Ms. Marvel at one point as a member of the Dark Avengers. While it is unlikely that the MCU will get mired in such complex mythology, it would make the most sense that Ashton is playing Moonstone rather than a gender-flipped version of any other Captain Marvel villain. Keep in mind, this is just a theory, so take it for what it is worth.

Hopefully, it won't be long before the exact nature of Ashton's role is confirmed. Until then, I'll be interested to see if my theory pans out.

Source: Deadline

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.