Brie Larson Was Ultimately Sold On Captain Marvel Based On Similarities With Superhero
By Shawn Rice
Brie Larson is busy but most people want to know about her casting as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, in the upcoming Marvel Studios film. Larson will become the first female character to lead her own solo film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, signing up to lead a film for Marvel Studios, an actor can expect lots to happen. The actor will become a role model to millions, and their paychecks will get a sizable bump.
She won an Oscar for her devastating work in Room and appeared as the female lead in Kong: Skull Island.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Larson discussed why she eventually accepted the role of the powerful space-faring superhero and what it means to her. And, it was not an easy decision. Marvel roles usually signify a longterm commitment cemented by multi-film contracts.
“It took me a really long time. I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it.
Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women—I’ll do it.
[Marvel has] been very open to hearing my thoughts and my take on it, which has been great. I think that’s why they cast me: I have a lot of similarities to this character and they want me to bring that into the movie.”
The magazine also asked Kevin Feige about Larson, and he explained why the studio cast her in the role:
“Captain Marvel has powers that far surpass many of her heroic counterparts, and in order to bring this superhero to life and make her relatable and disarming we needed an actress with both range and humanity. So, like the best of our leading characters who have brought the Marvel Universe to life, Brie possesses the depth and energy that can fuse firepower, guts, and a great story.”
In the regular Marvel Comics continuity, Carol Danvers made her first appearance in 1968’s “Marvel Super-Heroes” #13. A Security Chief in the US air force, Danvers would later be transformed into the superhero Ms. Marvel following an explosion involving Kree technology. More recently, Danvers took on the identity of Captain Marvel after being “promoted” to the moniker of the former Kree superhero.
Next up for Marvel is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017. Spider-Man: Homecoming lands on July 7, 2017, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017. After that Black Panther debuts on February 16, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated for July 6, 2018, followed by Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are helming the film which will premiere March 2019, though we are expected to first see her in character in next year’s “Avengers: Infinity War”.
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