While Brie Larson has yet to begin production on Captain Marvel, she says that she already loves the way Marvel Studios operates. With a career on both the big and small screen dates back nearly 20 years, Larson has steadily amassed a list of impressive credits, which includes roles in such TV series as The United States of Tara and The League, and turns in such films as the indie drama Short Term 12 and the smash comedies 21 Jump Street and Trainwreck.
But Larson’s career changed overnight in 2016 thanks the riveting kidnap drama Room, which earned her a bevy of awards including a Best Actress Oscar. Suddenly, Larson had everyone’s attention in Hollywood, and with her newfound flexibility she’s earned the luxury of taking projects in both the commercial (Kong: Skull Island) and indie (The Glass Castle) realms.
Without question, Larson’s biggest decision post-Oscar came with signing up to play the titular role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure Captain Marvel. In a new interview with THR, Larson says that while the studio is clearly a commercial entity, they’re clearly intent on not losing sight of what drives their film narratives. In a sense, Larson is getting the best of both the mainstream and indie film worlds. She says:
“That’s one of the things that I’m so impressed with at Marvel – is that although they are this big company, at the same time their stories are really character driven and they care a lot about the journey of these characters and they understand that these films are a metaphor for the things that are very real in our lives. There’s been a lot of talk about it, they’re really open to the things I have to say about it, and it’s super collaborative. It feels like any other job at this point, which is really wonderful.”
The fact that Captain Marvel will be character driven will be welcome news to fans, who have received few details on the forthcoming production so far. Co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the film will be set in the 1990s and feature the Kree-Skull war. That’s a big scope, but if the star is getting to collaborate it’s sure to keep it personal.
In addition to Larson’s Carol Danvers, it will be interesting to see what other characters will help tell the story of Captain Marvel. To date, only Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury has been mentioned for the film (he hasn’t officially signed on yet), but more characters from the MCU are sure to join in.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Larson’s been keen to show her enthusiasm for the project. She’s stated before how she’s intent on honoring the legacy of Captain Marvel and wants to focus on the “human side” of Danvers; so it’s essential that she and the filmmakers share common goals to give fans the best possible interpretation of Danvers possible.
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