Jessica Chastain Captain Marvel
Marvel super-heroine Captain Marvel and Jessica Chastain Reuters / Marvel Studios

Interstellar star Jessica Chastain has talked about wanting to play a superhero or supervillain in the future, but has had to calm reports that she'd held talks about the starring role in Marvel's recently announced Captain Marvel.

Speaking to MTV the actress talked about meeting with Marvel: "We've talked about aligning our forces in the future. And here's the thing with me... If you're going to be in a superhero movie, you only get one chance. You're that character forever. So why do a superhero movie and play the boring civilian? Whatever it is, I want a fight scene.

"I could be an incredible villain. I could be a hero. I want a cool outfit, and I want to kick ass. There was a thing... I don't want to say too much, but there was one thing, there was a possibility in the future of the character becoming... And I was like, 'I understand that, but I want to do it now.'"

That deliberate vagueness of the last comment prompted MTV to ask whether the part was of Carol Danvers, a Major in the US Air Force who becomes the super-powered Captain Marvel.

"Listen, that's 2018. We don't know where we'll be, maybe I'll give up acting by then," she replied.

Rumours soon started about her and the Captain Marvel role, prompting Chastain to tweet clarification that her comments related to a meeting held "over a year ago".

Chastain was once attached to star in Iron Man 3 opposite Robert Downey Jr in a role sans super-powers. She pulled out of the film, but her relationship with Marvel has apparently continued. Will their talks yield results? Time will tell, but fingers crossed because she is a cracking actress.