Emily Blunt Says She Doesn't Have A "Burning Desire" To Play A Superhero

Blunt says superhero films are "like a religion" for some people.


Actress Emily Blunt is not all that interested in playing a superhero. She said in a recent interview that she understands how superhero films "are like a religion" for some people. But for her personally, she doesn't have that same drive or enthusiasm.

"I really understand that [superhero movies] are like a religion for a lot of people," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "They don't appeal to me in the same way. I don't have this burning desire to play a superhero."

Blunt recently shot down the rumors that she'll appear in a new Fantastic Four movie for Marvel, saying the rumors have no truth to them and it's just fan-casting.

Blunt was close to starring as Black Widow in Iron Man 2 alongside Robert Downey Jr., but she was unable to appear in the film due to a conflict with Gulliver's Travels. She told Howard Stern that it would have been "amazing" to be in that movie with Downey Jr., but in general, she sees the superhero genre as being "exhausted" these days.

"It's been exhausted," she said (via Insider). "We are inundated--it's not only all the movies, it's the endless TV shows as well. It's not to say that I'd never want to play one, it would just have to be something so cool and like a really cool character, and then I'd be interested."

Blunt says she doesn't usually rush out to see new superhero movies "maybe because I feel they leave me feeling a bit cold..."

Blunt will be seen next in Disney's Jungle Cruise with The Rock--the movie releases on July 30. You can also see Blunt in A Quiet Place: Part II, which is streaming now on Paramount Plus.

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