Captain Marvel star Brie Larson has explained why she was initially wary of signing on for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film. In a year and a half, the Oscar-winner will make her big debut as Marvel superhero. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the Captain Marvel film will reveal the backstory for Carol Danvers as she exists in the MCU. In the comic books, the character is a United States Air Force officer who was caught in the explosion of a Kree device that resulted in her gaining superhuman abilities. However, it's safe to assume that Danvers' backstory will be different on the big screen.
Larson's casting as Captain Marvel was officially announced by Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, though her involvement was already heavily rumored. Then, at SDCC 2017, it was confirmed that the film is set in the '90s and will see Larson as Captain Marvel take on the Skrulls. Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury is also set to appear in the film, with two working eyes no less - suggesting that the movie may reveal exactly how the MCU's Fury lost one of his eyes in the first place.
Speaking with Porter Magazine (via W Magazine) in conjunction with her being the outlet's Winter 2017 issue cover star, Larson opens up about her upcoming gig as the MCU's first female superhero to headline a MCU film on her own. Surprisingly, while some would jump right away at the opportunity to play a Marvel superhero, the 27-year-old candidly admitted that she had some serious reservations about taking the role before she ultimately accepted:
"I spent months thinking about whether or not I was going to do the film, and I realized that it was a chance to tell a story on the largest scale possible. I know it is going to make me lose some of the things I love most about my life, but I think it's worth it."
Larson's concerns are not unfounded, as the fame and popularity in Hollywood often come at a price like the loss of privacy and continuously being hounded by the press. Having said that, the kind of empowering message, especially for girls, that a film like Captain Marvel has is simply immeasurable. Larson, being a socially vocal and active actor, understands that the character that she is about to bring to life on the big screen means a lot to so many people - and if done right, it could inspire millions more, making her work far more fulfilling.
While Larson's Captain Marvel is already booked for a March 2019 rollout, rumors continue to persist that we might be able to get at least a glimpse of her in next year's Avengers: Infinity War. If not, however, we can catch her first in her own solo film, before she (presumably) shows up in the still-untitled Avengers 4 a few months later in 2019.
Source: Porter Magazine (via W Magazine)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019