Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and the primary architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, isn’t keeping quiet on why Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel, could be the face of the MCU heading into Phase 4 and beyond.
In a recent interview with Variety, Feige said Captain Marvel’s power levels are “off the charts” and because of that, an actress that could counter-balance the character’s power while remaining human and relatable was key in casting the lead role for Captain Marvel. Enter Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson.
With Captain Marvel, who has powers that approach a level that we haven’t seen before in our films, you need to counter- balance that by finding somebody who is also very human and very relatable and can get into a groove with the audience, where they’re willing to see her fly through the sun and punch a moon away from a spacecraft. At the same time, we need her to land and have relatable flaws.
Brie is a person you’re going to want to go on this journey with, just like Benedict or Robert or Chris Pratt.
Larson, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Room (2015), was speculated as a front-runner to portray Carol Danvers prior to officially being confirmed at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con. Feige continues to stress the importance of diversity in Captain Marvel, which is slated for release in 2019, confirming having a female director at the helm of the movie is a priority.
The comics have always been progressive. They’ve showcased all sorts of different cultures and ethnicities. And we want to stay true to that. When you look at “Black Panther” — when you look at “Captain Marvel,” which will be Brie Larson in the title role — it is a very important thing for us to have diversity both in front of the camera and behind the camera.
It is. Having a female director at the helm to tell the story of a woman who is also our most powerful hero by far is very important to us.
When asked about what makes her so powerful, Feige went on to explain that if you had collector cards of the Marvel characters that showed each character’s power level, the power level of Captain Marvel would be “off the charts”.
Captain Marvel, Marvel’s first film with a female lead, is scheduled for release on March 8, 2019.