It was announced some time ago that Oscar winner Brie Larson would be taking the mantle of Captain Marvel in various upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe properties, including her own movie. In doing so, she joins this crazy world called Marvel, and places herself firmly on the map in the geek world. But rather than jump at the opportunity to join that universe, Ms. Larson took the decision slowly and deliberately.
During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, she discusses the thought process behind this monumental decision, and what ultimately swayed her and convinced her to accept the mantle:
“It took me a really long time. I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it. Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women — I’ll do it.”
She goes on to discuss her creative input into the character, and how Marvel has been very broad minded and cooperative about her input into the character.
“They’ve been very open to hearing my thoughts and my take on it, which has been great. I think that’s why they cast me: I have a lot of similarities to this character, and they want me to bring that into the movie.”
Ms. Larson has certainly been busy lately, with her Oscar win for 2015’s Room, starring in Kong: Skull Island which was released last month, and her recent movie Free Fire tearing up the indie movie scene. Things are looking bright on the Captain Marvel movie as well, with the recent announcement of the directorial team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck taking the helm. Tapping this dynamic team to direct Captain Marvel ensures that things are beginning to ramp up on the production front.
With a slew of high profile castings, she will join the ranks of highly respected actors who have come to the MCU. Obviously, fans will always have their thoughts about who should play their favorite characters, and nay-sayers will be eager to tear the casting apart. However, Brie Larson is one of the best young actresses in Hollywood today, and is likely to bring her own special flair to the character.