Marvel held a very successful panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, giving plenty of details surrounding their upcoming slate of films. As well as premiering a new trailer for Doctor Strange, which will star Benedict Cumberbatch, Marvel also revealed the Black Panther cast and showcased footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Thor: Ragnarok. However, Marvel definitely saved the best until last, when they confirmed that Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel.
Confirming rumors that had been building for a number of weeks, Marvel introduced the Oscar winning actress, who will headline her own film in 2019 but is expected to make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut before that. On the back of her Academy Award win for her compelling and heartfelt role in Room, Larson has quite a daunting task ahead of her, and that is trying to please everyone. Impossible, of course, but generally speaking, Larson's casting was met with a favorable response. She might be a little on the young side to play Captain Marvel, but she has certainly proven her acting talent already and is a likable personality, and it seems that Larson herself is pretty overwhelmed with recent events.
In an Instagram post, Larson alluded to the hate and negativity that comes with accepting such a high profile role, but thanked fans for the "tidal wave of support" she has been shown thus far, and appealed for "no hate and more understanding."
Woke up this morning thinking about the tidal wave of support I got this weekend. It was nerve-racking to trust fall into the Internet! I know who I am, but its wild how quickly you can forget once someone calls you something terrible. I was reminded how the acceptance of community is a deeply rooted need - but I don't want to live worried people will hate me because I'm myself! We should all have the freedom to be our authentic selves without fear or judgement. It's scary to chip away at all the hardness we coat ourselves with to protect that perfect little being inside. Yeah, people can be mean, but they can also be so many other wonderful things too. Let's make this place a safe space. No hate and more understanding. To the followers that are new: welcome! Sometimes I let people take over my Instagram to share their views of the world. That's coming up next. Thanks for joining us!
Larson's post will no doubt endear her to fans still further, many of whom are excited to see a woman-led Marvel movie. She will need to weather the inevitable storm of protest and criticism which female leads so often seem to be subjected to, but from her post, it sounds as though she's more than ready to deal with that. Certainly it will help to have the backing of Captain America; Chris Evans was very vocal in his support of Larson for the role even before it was announced, and Marvel President, Kevin Feige, is also on board.
Speaking at Comic-Con, Feige explained that Marvel set the bar high back when they first cast Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/ Tony Stark, and every casting since has needed to meet that standard. Feige called Carol Danvers a "rich and textured" character, and Larson should be able to bring a wide range of skills to the role; having demonstrated her ability for comedy in movies such as Trainwreck and Short Term 12, as well as, of course, her ability to bring a heartfelt truth to a character such as was seen in Room.
Larson now joins the most impressive list of names who are all part of the MCU: Downey Jr. leads the pack, with Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, and Elizabeth Olsen just a few of the other high profile actors making up the Marvel roster. It seems as though everyone who's anybody is lining up to play their part in the MCU and why not? With phases one and two being well received, and a very impressive start made on Phase 3 with the release of Captain America: Civil War, Marvel's reign shows no sign of ending.
Doctor Strange opens in theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by 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: Brie Larson