‘The Avengers 2’ to feature Emily Blunt as Ms Marvel?

The 'Looper' actress is reportedly battling 'Luther' star Ruth Wilson for the role

Emily Blunt is reportedly in contention for a key role in the sequel to The Avengers.

According to the Daily Mail, Blunt is in a “head to head battle” with fellow British actress Ruth Wilson to play a character called Ms Marvel.

Since making her debut in 1968, Ms Marvel has appeared frequently in The Avengers and X-Men comic books, as well as starring in her own series of Ms Marvel graphic novels. However, she has never appeared on screen before.

British actress Blunt, 29, is best known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada and The Young Victoria. Her latest movie Looper, a sci-fi thriller co-starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon Levitt, opened in cinemas at the end of September (2012). You can watch the trailer below.

Her reported rival for the role is 30-year-old Wilson, the actress who plays scientist/psychopath Alice Morgan in hit BBC crime drama Luther. Wilson made her big screen debut in this year’s Anna Karenina and has a key supporting role in The Lone Ranger, a Johnny Depp Western due next year (2013).

Since its release in May, The Avengers has become the third biggest movie ever, grossing over $1.5 billion (£930 million) worldwide. The sequel is scheduled for release in May 2015. Writer-director Joss Whedon was initially hesitant to helm a second film, but his return was confirmed in August when he signed an exclusive deal with Marvel.