If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Most of the last remaining casting spots in Marvel's Phase 2 reside with James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.' As a result, a majority of the sensational rumors cropping up online over the last few weeks have revolved around these two projects. For example, we know that the 'Captain America' followup has been hunting for its female lead. Hayley Atwell will not be returning as Peggy Carter, and so far we've heard names ranging from Alison Brie to (inaccurately) Mary-Elizabeth Winstead as being in the running for the new female lead. Today, it appears as if the search is over. Emily VanCamp ('Revenge') has reportedly just booked the gig. Plot details are still being largely withheld, but there have been rumors that the new female character will be Peggy Carter's niece, and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Sharon Carter. Anthony Mackie (as Falcon) and Frank Grillo (as Crossbones) have also recently come aboard, and Toby Jones will be reprising his role as Arnim Zola. 'The Winter Soldier' hits theaters April 4th, 2014.
One of the things I told myself early on regarding this sequel was that I was going to trust Joe and Anthony Russo, which is why I'm trying really hard not to second guess this casting choice. I had a feeling that the brothers Russo would look to TV to fill some of their available spots, as they themselves came from television, but I was really hoping for someone a little more established, or at least more impressive. I saw a couple of episodes of 'Revenge,' and found it to be pure trash TV. I will say that I liked VanCamp in 2009's 'Carriers,' but that is the best I can say for her. I was really hoping the Russos would go with Alison Brie, whom they've worked with and who is so good, on 'Community,' but perhaps she's too sweet to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent? Of course, that's assuming that this female lead is in fact Sharon Carter. There is still a lot we don't know about this 'Captain America' sequel.
What do you guys think? Are you happy with the choice to cast Emily VanCamp? Do you think she will be playing Sharon Carter?