One of the biggest announcements to come out of Marvel Studios’ Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 was that Academy Award winner Brie Larson would be playing Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel in the upcoming film that is currently set for a release in 2019. Kevin Feige and his team are searching for the right director, apparently settling on a shortlist of 10 names that includes Sherlock and The Flash helmer Rachel Talalay.
There’s much excitement surrounding the premiere of Captain Marvel, since it marks the first time a female superhero will be the main lead in a Marvel Cinematic Universe installment. Many are thrilled to see what Larson can do in the role, including the person who made a name for herself with the title, comic writer Kelly Sue DeConnick.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, DeConnick was of course asked about the movie starring the character. She had nothing but high praise for the Larson casting, saying that the actress has the ability to bring numerous traits that define Danvers to the table:
“My dream casting—or the actor who is the voice in my head—is Kathleen Turner from about 1983. She could be both sexy and awkward and powerful. She could do all of those things at once. From what I can tell, Brie Larson can do those things too. She has a gravitas and she has a power to her. But you can see she also has a sense of humor and playfulness there. I’m psyched.”
Larson is another high-profile hire for Marvel, which initially built their brand on turning relative unknowns (Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans) into household names. Throughout her career, she’s proven to be very versatile, handling dramatic and comedic films. It’s amazing to consider that the same person who played Molly Tracey in 21 Jump Street also received an Oscar for her turn in last year’s Room. The MCU is known for blending humorous bits with more serious character moments, and Larson should be adept at both when it’s her time to shine.
However, Larson being a great fit for the role is only half the battle. A key aspect of any comic book film is the costume their protagonist(s) wears, and the outfit can go a long way in making or breaking a project even before it reaches theaters. Most agree that Ryan Reynolds made for a good Hal Jordan, but his CGI super suit was much maligned. DeConnick offered her thoughts on the right approach to designing Larson’s get-up, saying that it shouldn’t necessarily be a re-creation of its comic book counterpart:
“What works in comic books and what works in live action is very different. You want to have a sense of that? Just walk around a comic-book convention. See the dudes who champion these very skimpy costumes judging women and berating them for wearing it in real life. What will work on the page and what will work in three dimensions is very different.”
This is actually a great mentality to have, and it’s something the filmmakers should keep in mind during pre-production. Marvel hasn’t been afraid to update the appearance of certain characters in their previous movies (Scarlet Witch) in order to keep things somewhat grounded on the big screen. In all likelihood, the Captain Marvel costume department will design attire that pays respect to the source material, while also bringing it into the modern age. For instance, the Vulture’s look in Spider-Man: Homecoming bears some resemblance to the comic book version, but is very much a mechanized Iron Man/Falcon suit. Loyalty to the comics is great, but some aspects need to be changed.
Thanks to fan art, moviegoers can already get an idea of how Larson will possibly look as Captain Marvel, but it will still be a while before they get a taste of her performance in the role. It’s true that the actress has built a very impressive filmography, but it is a little light on action films. At the same token, the same could be said for a number of MCU leads, including Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Pratt. Marvel doesn’t take casting their films lightly, so they obviously have a great feeling about what Larson can bring to the table. And now that she has the stamp of approval from DeConnick, things are looking up for the newest member of the MCU family.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Vanity Fair