Oscar-winner Brie Larson says she's not feeling any pressure when it comes to playing Captain Marvel, but simply wants to do right by the fans and make sure the character they love is being honored. Captain Marvel will be the first standalone MCU movie headlined by a female character, and coming as it is in the wake of Wonder Woman's wild success, some might argue that the stakes have been raised on the project.
After months of speculation, Marvel announced in October of 2014 that a Captain Marvel movie was being added to the MCU. This touched off a furious round of fan-casting that soon saw Room Oscar-winner Larson bubbling to the top of the wish list. In July of 2016, Larson was officially named as the studio's choice to tackle the role of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, an earth woman who obtains superpowers after having her genes spliced with those of an alien race (Danvers' origin story may be significantly altered for the film however).
One year after the casting announcement and with the movie reportedly ready to begin shooting in early 2018, Larson is still in the stage where she can't reveal anything about her character, but during a junket interview for her new movie The Glass Castle she was able to talk about the pressure she feels to make sure her performance is true to what fans want when Captain Marvel finally makes it to the screen (via ET):
"I mean, I feel pressure in that it's a character that people love and are inspired by and I see that, and so I want to do right by that. And I want people to feel like their character is honored."
Larson then downplayed suggestions that the success of Wonder Woman has placed more pressure on Captain Marvel and other female-centered superhero movies to bring it at the box office:
"Why is there pressure? I don't understand why there's pressure put on women as if it's the most shocking concept ever that a woman can open a movie -- it's like, it's kind of a tired concept. We've proven it for a long time, so I don't put pressure on in that way at all."
During Marvel's Hall H Panel at SDCC, studio head Kevin Feige revealed that Captain Marvel will be set in the 1990s and will feature Carol Danvers squaring off against the shape-shifting alien bad guys the Skrulls. Feige also confirmed that Larson will be joined by Samuel L. Jackson as a young, pre-Iron Man incarnation of Nick Fury with two good eyes (but presumably the same old Sam Jackson attitude).
Unlike the rest of the major characters in the MCU, Captain Marvel will not be popping up in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, meaning fans will not get an early look at Larson's Carol Danvers the same way Spider-Man fans were afforded a sneak-peek of Tom Holland's Peter Parker via his appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Captain Marvel fans may have to wait all the way until 2019 to find out if Brie Larson and company have honored their character, but at least they can look forward to a ton of teasers over the coming months.
- 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 05, 2019