Brie Larson: ‘Captain Marvel’ Is A Symbol For Women

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Brie Larson is in attendance at the Toronto Film Festival to promote her new film, Free Fire, and she has taken the time discuss the importance of diversity in female roles and how Captain Marvel is a symbol for women everywhere.

It is safe to say Brie Larson is having an amazing year. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of Mother in Room.  Earlier this summer, Marvel tapped her on the shoulder to play Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, the first standalone film for a female superhero in the MCU.  The announcement was met with epic fanfare and praise at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, with Larson being swarmed by her fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe family and embraced by fans. Larson does not take this role lightly and understands the impact it has on superhero movies and women.

When the opportunity came to play (Captain Marvel), this symbol of feminism, to play this empowering role for women and it’s on kind of arguably the biggest platform that we have right now, it’s undeniable that this is an important step and I want to be a part of it.

Larson also sat down with Space Channel to give her commentary on what she finds most exciting about her new role in the MCU and how she thinks this role is important for little girls (and big girls!) everywhere to have a symbol for feminism and power.  With female superhero roles still in the minority, Larson hopes to change this landscape.

The thing that’s been the most exciting now is on social media I get sent a lot of pictures of young girls in the Captain Marvel costume and I’m excited to see more of that. She’s such a great symbol for young girls, and realizing what a deficit we have, that we don’t have more of those. I think it’s really cool to see a girl in a Batman costume or a Spider-Man costume, but I’m really excited that there’s a symbol of women. I think that’s really important.

The short clip is here:

Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2019; there is rumor that Larson may debut in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

Source: Twitter & CTV News

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  • Maximillian Pegasus

    She’s basically a man, ever since Carol Danvers dropped the Ms. Marvel mantle, she became very much man like with the Cap. Marvel mantle. My opinion of course.

    • A strange and unfounded opinion, though.

    • Kelly

      She’s essentially a mix of Hal Jordan and Power Girl with a butch haircut and a dash of Tumblr.
      Kids don’t even know who she is. They cosplay her because their fanboy/fangirl parents provide them costumes.

      • SAMURAI36

        So true. She has zero influence in the comic book scheme of things, despite Marvel’s best attempts to create their own version of WW.
        She doesn’t have a distinct persona, she doesn’t have a viable rogues gallery (unless you count Tony).

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  • Kelly

    Two words for Ms. Larsen:

    You. Wish.

    • Don’t be a jerk, dude. And I do mean dude.

      • Kelly

        Yeah, let’s find the story where Carol got raped by her son and still ran off with him.

        Seriously, Larsen probably didn’t know who Carol was 2 years ago.
        Seriously, Power Girl does it better.

  • SAMURAI36

    When TF did CM become a symbol for women??? Man, these Marvel folks love to spin their narrative. The Lady Sif chick did the same nonsense, comparing her character to WW in a previous interview.

    I’d hate to see the dope that Marvel folks are passing around.

    • Carl

      You don’t have to be an iconic figure to be a symbol for women or any cause. The only one spinning a narrative is you, everyday on these comment boards.

      • SAMURAI36

        Please quote anywhere in my statement, where I used the word “iconic”. You’re trying to put words in my mouth.

        Captain Marvel is a nobody. Larsen and Marvel is trying their best to oversell the character. This is the beginning of their marketing campaign.

        Just because blind Zombies like you fall for it, doesn’t mean that the rest of us have to.

        • Michael Mount

          Oh, shut up. Everybody knows that when her movie drops, she will most likely become the most popular superhero. So, your opinion doesn’t really matter.

          • SAMURAI36

            You’re…. You’re not serious, are you?

          • Michael Mount

            Actually, I am. I don’t know, maybe Wonderwoman will still be more popular, but movies attract a much larger audience than comic books. So, the heroines that didn’t get their own movies that didn’t flop are the most popular ones. This means that Captain Marvel’s only competition is Wonder Woman.

          • SAMURAI36

            Dude, you said CM will be the “most popular superhero”. Based on what, a single movie? When has that EVER happened?
            Even if you wanted to say that she’d be the most popular AT THE TIME, you’re out of your mimed, if you think CM, who has NO history of popularity, will ever trump WW, or even Supergirl. Or even Harley, for that matter.
            But even still, you said she’d be the “most popular superhero”. Those were your exact words. Not female superhero, but superhero period. I don’t know what world you live on, where CM would ever surpass Batman’s or even Superman’s iconic status.

          • Michael Mount

            My mistake, I meant most popular female hero, not hero period. I disagree on having “no history of popularity.” She clearly has been popular enough to carry several solo runs. The fact that she’s not as popular as the most iconic heroes doesn’t mean she’s not popular.

            If you think Captain Marvel has never been a symbol for young girls, then you have no clue what you’re talking about. The character was introduced in response to second wave feminism. She was strong, competent woman in a position of power, working as the chief of security at Cape Canaveral. Even her superhero origin story has a strong feminist message with her getting powers because she wanted to be an equal to her counterpart, Mar-Vell. Surely all the girls dressing up in Captain Marvel cosplay are proof enough that Captain Marvel is a strong symbol for young girls and Brie Larson knows this because fans send her photos of fans cosplaying.

          • SAMURAI36

            She clearly has been popular enough to carry several solo runs. The fact that she’s not as popular as the most iconic heroes doesn’t mean she’s not popular.

            Uhmmm, no. That’s not how Marvel works these days. We now live in the world of “ALL-New, All-Different” Marvel reboots. She’s had several runs, because each subsequent run FAILS. Nevertheless, Marvel keeps trying to push the character, because they want to have their own WW.

            But the sales numbers don’t reflect ANY level of success for the character. As of July 2016 (the most recent sales figures released), her book sits at a whopping #96 on the charts, with only 24K copies sold. Those, in case you don’t know, are cancellation zone numbers.

            And this is, what…. Her 3rd reboot? Carol Danvers débuted under the CM moniker in July 2012. That’s exactly 4 years, & in all this time, she’s only enjoyed the privilege of being on the top 50 exactly ONCE, & that was with her first issue, of her first run. She immediately begins to sink on the charts after the 2nd issue of each run, more than exponentially, in terms of chart position, as well as copies sold.

            It’s a shame, when Marvel’s alleged Premier Shero does far worse than Harley Quinn, which has been in the top 10 for the past 5 years. And she’s nowhere NEAR iconic.

            If you think Captain Marvel has never been a symbol for young girls, then you have no clue what you’re talking about. The character was introduced in response to second wave feminism. She was strong, competent woman in a position of power, working as the chief of security at Cape Canaveral. Even her superhero origin story has a strong feminist message with her getting powers because she wanted to be an equal to her counterpart, Mar-Vell.

            You rattling off her backstory (which I am quite familiar with, btw) doesn’t make her a symbol for young girls. Especially if she hasn’t caught on with said young girls. It’s the tree falling in the forest syndrome at work here.

            Now, perhaps her movie will change that, wherein she’ll get a little more notoriety. I’m sure that’s what Marvel is hoping for, after all. But I definitely tell you what WON’T happen; she sure as h&ll won’t go from zero (anonymous C-lister), to 60 (iconic status) with just one film. That has NEVER happened in the history of any of these films.

            Surely all the girls dressing up in Captain Marvel cosplay are proof enough that Captain Marvel is a strong symbol for young girls and Brie Larson knows this because fans send her photos of fans cosplaying.

            All that is proof of, is that there are CM diehards out there. I never said the character doesn’t have fans. Even the worst character has SOME fans. But even you said earlier:

            … but movies attract a much larger audience than comic books.

            The reality is, CM appears in no other media right now, other than comics. And the one medium she’s in right now, is failing. She doesn’t have a cartoon (yet), & her film is a couple of years away.

            I tell you what: Halloween is coming up, & that’ll be the real test. See how many CM Halloween costumes there are out there, in comparison to WW, SG, & Harley this year. And next year. And the year after that.

          • Michael Mount

            Sure, those numbers aren’t very good, but they aren’t cancellation numbers. Anything above 20k is fine. Besides, those numbers don’t even include trades or digital copies. Besides, this isn’t a popularity contest. The question isn’t it she’s one of the most iconic or popular superheroes. Its whether or not she’s a positive symbol/role model for young girls. The Punisher is popular, but he’s hardly a role model for young boys. Any comicbook character who fits the criteria of being a hero can be a rolemodel.

            The movies will give her a lot more than “a little more noteriety.” As I said before, movies tap into a far larger audience than comics. After her movie, there will be very few superheroines who would rival her in popularity. As far as other media, well you’re actually wrong. She’s shown up in more games than any other female Marvel character other than Black Widow. Also, she’s due to make her debut on Avengers: Assemble animated series next week.

            I don’t celebrate halloween, but I’m sure Wonder Woman and Supergirl will have Captain Marvel beat. I’m not sure if parents would want their daughters dressing up like Harley Quinn for Halloween.

          • SAMURAI36

            Sure, those numbers aren’t very good, but they aren’t cancellation numbers. Anything above 20k is fine.

            If that was the case, then why is Marvel working on the book’s 3rd reboot? You don’t reboot books that are doing well. And in case you weren’t aware, a reboot IS a cancellation. They haven’t canceled Amazing Spiderman in YEARS. That’s because that book stays on the top 10-25, month in/out.

            Besides, you do realize that CM got down to 18K copies sold, at the end of her first run, yes? There’s your cancellation numbers right there.

            Besides, those numbers don’t even include trades or digital copies.

            Digital copies are never counted. For that matter, they are never tallied anyway. As for trades, those are counted, & here are the numbers:

            Volume 1 was 120 on the trade list, with only 925 copies sold.

            http://www.comichron.com/monthlycomicssales/2013/2013-01.html

            Volume 2 did a little better, at 68 on the trade list, with 1600 copies sold.

            http://www.comichron.com/monthlycomicssales/2013/2013-05.html

            These numbers didn’t even add 2500 more sales for the character. But you tried to mention the trade sales, as if that boosted the character to cult status or something.

            Besides, this isn’t a popularity contest. The question isn’t it she’s one of the most iconic or popular superheroes. Its whether or not she’s a positive symbol/role model for young girls.

            Oh, you mean, that isn’t the question NOW. Because that’s not what you said earlier:

            Oh, shut up. Everybody knows that when her movie drops, she will most likely become the most popular superhero. So, your opinion doesn’t really matter.

            And:

            My mistake, I meant most popular female hero, not hero period.

            So now it sounds like you are moving the goal posts.

            The Punisher is popular, but he’s hardly a role model for young boys. Any comicbook character who fits the criteria of being a hero can be a rolemodel.

            I wouldn’t call the Punished “popular” either. He’s a B-lister at best, with the potential to be an A-lister. But one thing’s for sure; he’s definitely more popular than CM.

            As for the whole “criteria” bit, technically that’s true, they CAN be a role model. Dr. Light (the female version) is a scientific genius, & a great mother. She has all the potential of a great role model, but she’s a D-lister, so that means she’s not a role model. It’s the “tree falling in the forest” principle at play here.

            The movies will give her a lot more than “a little more noteriety.” As I said before, movies tap into a far larger audience than comics.

            And as I said before, in response to that, you really overestimate the value of these movies. Nobody is sitting around thinking about Ant-Man.

            After her movie, there will be very few superheroines who would rival her in popularity.

            Let’s see:

            WW, Supergirl, Harley, Batgirl, Catwoman, Storm, Black Widow, Invisible Woman, Elektra. Captain Marvel won’t even be in the top five. She will barely make the top ten.

            As far as other media, well you’re actually wrong. She’s shown up in more games than any other female Marvel character other than Black Widow. Also, she’s due to make her debut on Avengers: Assemble animated series next week.

            You mean games that have ALL been canceled? Also, those games have her mostly as Ms. Marvel, not Captain Marvel. There’s no way for the general audience (whom you continue to say is most important) to identify her as two versions of the same character.

            And I alluded to her upcoming cartoon. Seeing as how Marvel has a TERRIBLE track record with animation, I wouldn’t expect too much to come from this either. Remember, that gained ZERO buzz at SDCC this year.

            I don’t celebrate halloween, but I’m sure Wonder Woman and Supergirl will have Captain Marvel beat. I’m not sure if parents would want their daughters dressing up like Harley Quinn for Halloween.

            You do realize that Halloween isn’t celebrated by just kids, yes? And true, I don’t think it’s a great idea for young kids to dress as Harley either. My niece wants to go as Harley, & we are trying to convince her to go as Supergirl.

            BTW, I think it’s strangely cognitive dissonant, that you are discounting Harley’s popularity based on her (admittedly) questionable character, yet you seem to have no qualms about CM’s. As someone pointed out (which I noticed you ignored), this is the same CM that was RAPED by her son, & then she later ran off with him.

            http://www.carolastrickland.com/comics/msmarvel/index.html

            But this is your most popular/iconic/symbol for all women, right? This is almost Donald Trumpian, in terms of how both you & Ms. Larsen wanna ignore the facts, in favor of this new spin campaign.

            Also, part of the reason why Marvel’s sheroes aren’t very popular, is because Marvel has done a very poor job of marketing them, especially to young girls. Nowhere ear to the level that DC has:

            http://play.dcsuperherogirls.com/en-us/meettheheroes

            Unless Marvel goes in with a full-on marketing campaign for CM (which we know they won’t do), there’s no way that her movie alone will propel her into greatness, the likes of WW, SG, & Harley.

          • SAMURAI36

            When you have people doing “cosplay” like this for C on national TV such as this:

            https://streamable.com/664u

            Then we can talk. Until then, CM is a nobody.

        • Carl

          Saying she is a nobody is saying she isn’t iconic. That’s just the word I chose though. Your statement implies that Captain Marvel can’t possibly be a symbol for women when that is clearly not true.

          They are trying to sell the character not oversell like the SS marketing did. 😉

          Just because you are a biased Marvel hater doesn’t mean the rest of us have to look at anything they do as negative.

          • SAMURAI36

            Being a nobody forgoes being iconic by default. Similarly, You can still be well-known, & still not be iconic. Black Widow is known, but she’s not iconic either. Which is why I didn’t use the word “iconic”, because it’s not relevant to the situation.

            Jessica Jones is “known” as well, by sheer virtue of the TV show. Is she a “symbol for women” as well?

            I tell you what: I want you to write down the descriptions of these various prominent female Marvel characters (CM, BW, JJ, even Gomorrah, the “green w#0re”, LOL), without giving their names or showing their pictures, & present those exact descriptions to a prominent member of the feminist movement, & see if they find these qualities to be “symbols of women & feminism”.

            Better yet, take those same qualities to your little sister/daughter/niece/etc, & see if those are qualities you would want her/them to emulate as young girls. I bet you are going to return to WW & Supergirl every time.

            Also, you sound extremely stupid, by continuing to try to redact my position by constantly bringing up what you perceive as my “bias”. Everybody is biased. EVERYBODY. If you knew what words actually mean, instead of just casually rattling them off, then you would know this. Just because someone has a particular bias, doesn’t mean that person can’t look at something objectively.

            Also, bias need not be the prerequisite for analysis. I’ve reached my conclusions about these characters, after DECADES of reading up on them. Therefore, my bias against them, is based on my CONCLUSION about them, not my preconceived notion about them.

            I’ve proven before, that I know more about ALL these characters (both Marvel & DC) than you do. I’ve read far more of the material from both sides that you admitted to doing. I’m far more well-informed on this subject than you are.

            So if anyone is “blind” here, it’s you. And yes, that does mean that of you’re not “biased” as you Say (which is impossible, BTW, because as stated, EVERYONE is biased, to varying extents), then you would in fact be able to look at these characters, & see whatever flaws they have.

            Looking forward to the next stupid response you reply with.

          • Carl

            Not reading your rant. Shorten it up and get to your incorrect point already.

          • SAMURAI36

            You’re a liar & an idiot. That short enough for your dumb mind to comprehend?

          • SAMURAI36

            Here’s more medicine for you, Carlene.

            http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/09/11/bleeding-cool-bestseller-list-11th-september-2016-no-more-marvel/

            This is the 4th month of my showing this stuff to Yu.

            Not a single Marvel book on the retailers’ list. Even the worst DC book is selling better than the best Marvel book (which is… what, exactly?).

            And feel free to NOT read all the comments from my multiple username as well, where more & more people talk about dropping Marvel books, the biggest reason being that they are too expensive.

          • Carl

            Here’s your dose of reality.

            Marvel Comics are doing fine as I proved to you with more complete sales figures.

  • Joshua Sorrels

    you know who else is a symbol for women and feminism? Wonder Woman. still hyped for this film, though.

    • SAMURAI36

      you know who the only symbol is for women and feminism? Wonder Woman.

      Fixed that for you.