There is little doubt that being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a big thing for most actors. However, DeWanda Wise is one actor who chose not to pursue a role in Captain Marvel. But why did the Jurassic World: Dominion star decide to leave the MCU flick? Wise has opened up about losing the role of Maria Rambeau.
DeWanda Wise was originally cast as Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel. However, she ended up exiting the project due to scheduling conflicts with a Netflix feature. Lashana Lynch then took over the role which she would reprise in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
So what truly happened that led to Wise leaving Captain Marvel? The actor recently spoke to Gizmodo where she explained her decision.
"I did not choose to leave," Wise said. "Like, I would never make that choice for myself, that sounds ridiculous. You sign a contract for a TV show and it's in first position, and that's just a responsible... you have audience members who are like, 'I would've taken a lawsuit.' Good for you. I don't wanna be sued! Not trying to be sued by Spike Lee and Netflix. So, you know, at the time it was very disappointing, and also difficult in that context."
She then pointed out the similarities between Maria and Kayla Watts, the character she plays in Jurassic Park: Dominion. The similarities between the character would have affected her decision to appear in the Colin Trevorrow movie.
"Maria was a pilot, and... I don't repeat performances," Wise stated. "So If I had played in Captain Marvel, if I'd already played a pilot, and then Colin called me for this and he's like 'Guess what? She's a pilot,' I would've been like 'I'm so sorry, I don't believe in capitalism. You're gonna have to find someone else.' I just think everything happens in the timing that it's meant to happen, and I'm very thankful to be here now."
It's unfortunate that Wise wasn't able to play Maria but she does end up with a cool character to portray in Dominion. With that in mind, things still worked out for Wise in the end.
Jurassic World: Dominion will premiere on June 10, 2022.