As the Marvel universe has continued to grow, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige have had plenty of characters to cast. Their Phase 3 lineup features four new characters that will headline their own franchises between now and 2019. Some of these will have the luxury of being introduced in other movies, such as Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, but others, such as Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, will debut in their own films beforehand. Of course, as exciting as it is to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe continue to debut new heroes, those three won’t be alone in getting their own films in Phase Three. The other new character getting her own film is Carol Danvers, and while the rest of these roles have been cast for a while, Marvel has taken their time casting their first lead female superhero.
During the excruciating wait, names such as Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Katee Sackhoff, Katheryn Winnick, Angelina Jolie, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Dormer, Olivia Wilde, and Yvonne Strahovski were tossed around from either fan casts, reports, rumors, and everything in between. There’s no denying that many of those names are considerably big, but following her Oscar win for Room, Brie Larson was a name that a lot of people began to toss around. Based on the most recent report, Larson is the front runner for the role and I would surprised if it did not happen.
For each of those previously mentioned “contenders,” they bring something different to the table, but I do not think that any of them are the complete package that Larson is. First off, with her only being 26 currently, that puts her seven years younger than Blunt and 14 years younger than Theron. She has the age to play Carol for the next 15 years (or longer) and I’m sure that is what Marvel is planning. Her age and longevity playing the character should not be the only things that excite you, because she is one heck of an actress. She was able to showcase her entire range in Room proving that she can carry a film, be strong, emotional, and vulnerable. Larson is more than just a serious actor however, with roles in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and 21 Jump Street coming prior. My first exposure to her was 21 Jump Street and her brief stint on The League, and she is undeniablyfunny in both.
Should this deal finalize, I have no doubt in my mind that Larson will be able to do everything necessary which is why I consider her perfect for this role. She has yet to do a big action film, but between her role in Kong: Skull Island next year, and work on Infinity War set to begin in the fall, she’ll have plenty of time to learn the ropes. Blunt, Theron, or Chastain might be bigger/more recognizable names currently, but Larson gives Marvel the chance to keep Captain Marvel around for the next few phases and the acting ability to deliver incredible performances. I’m ready for a Captain Marvel trilogy already, and with her likely becoming one of the main faces of the MCU in Phase 4 and beyond, Brie Larson will be a name that everyone will know sooner rather than later.
Captain Marvel is scheduled to hit theaters March 8th, 2019.