Marvel Studios’ long-overdue female superhero standalone, Captain Marvel, will be released in 2019 – but what does the future Carol Danvers herself, Brie Larson, think of the character?
The concept of a Captain Marvel film was once titled Ms Marvel, and before that it was originally simply a featured role in Netflix’s TV series, Jessica Jones. It has come a long way in the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the years. The character of Carol Danvers was slated to get her origin film next year, but the date has since been shifted to 2019, with writers and a lead actress announced in the interim. Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) will write the script, while Room star Brie Larson will take up the mantle of Captain Marvel. The latter seems eager to step up to the plate, having made her excitement known about the role since her casting was confirmed.
“It’s hard for me to condense what she means to me… I was once a young girl, and I was confused by what a hero was and what I wanted to be when I grew up and what was important to me, and so I think it’s complicated growing up and to attempt to become a symbol of truth and navigating through all the weird questions of growing up feels so important to me.”
Larson also commented on her fondness for the character, particularly after committing herself to doing serious research on Carol Danvers’s comic-book history:
“Just the fact that she can be a bridge between two worlds, that she can go to Earth and go to space and that her own personal place is in this little area between where Earth ends and space begins – that that’s only hers – is so moving to me. I’m just inspired. I’ve been so inspired, like going through all the comics and reading them right now that’s been like, what I’m doing on the side, and I’m just amazed.”
Larson has plenty of time to become familiar with Captain Marvel, since the film is slated to be released almost exactly two years from now. It seems a sure thing then that she would join the Avengers in their fourth film, which comes out only weeks after her own, but who knows – after all, with Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, the Wasp and the Guardians of the Galaxy joining up, it could be a little crowded!
Brie Larson will appear next in Kong: Skull Island, which will be released on March 10th.