UPDATE: Brie Larson Is Marvel’s Choice To Play ‘Captain Marvel’; Directors Rumored

Brie Larson

Oscar-winner Brie Larson is the frontrunner to play Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel in her upcoming solo feature, Marvel’s first female superhero movie, Variety reports.

According to the report, the two sides are coming to an agreement, with Marvel wanting Larson and Larson “leaning” towards accepting the role. The plan has always been to cast the superhero before setting a director for the solo pic, as the character is expected to appear in a prior film, most likely the first Avengers: Infinity War film or, if casting is complete this early, maybe she could even be in a Thor: Ragnarok credits scene. Carol Danvers is an air force pilot whose DNA fuses with an alien, producing Captain Marvel, a space cop with a litany of cosmic powers.

Meg LaFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) are penning the script while previously, an unsubstantiated rumor pointed to director Emily Carmichael meeting for the film. According to THR, the hunt for a female director has led to contenders such as Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), among others. Larson won the best actress Oscar for Room last February, recently wrapped the big-budget King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island and is currently filming The Glass Castle. She’s next in Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire.

Larson fits the Marvel bill well – young and red-hot. After signing up the likes of Jon Watts for Spider-Man: Homecoming hot off Cop Car and literally the entire creative core of Creed (Coogler, B. Jordan, Thompson and Stallone), Larson was clearly next on the list. It’s one of Marvel Studios’ super-powers. Finding talent at just the right moment and at just the right price. After years of Emily Blunt rumors, it speaks to Larson’s strength as an actress that she’s become a suitable surrogate. And having Oscar-winner before your name is never a bad thing.

SOURCE: Variety

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  • Weapons

    Huh. I was really holding out for Emily Blunt, especially with some of those more recent rumors.

    • Samuel Patrick Flynn

      Honestly, same but you gotta admit, this is a pretty good substitute

      • Peter James

        Not really.

        She’s too young to be believable as someone who’s a Major in the Air Force.

        No way in H.E.- double hockey sticks (seriously???You guys moderate out comments with H e I I ? Really?) you make that rank in your 20’s in the Air Force.

        What are they going to do? Downgrade her rank?

        A major narrative point of her rank in the comics (which isn’t a minor detail) is that she actually outranks both Captain America and Rhodes (Rhodey), in the U.S. military ranking system (and it’s even been used as a joke and a plot point a couple of times in some of the stories).

        Does Brie strike you as the right age of someone who would have risen in rank fast enough and high enough to outrank Steve Rogers and James Rhodes?

        • Jared

          well in 3 years she’ll be 30, you got to figure it’s a 6 year commitment at minimum, so her age isn’t that far off.

          More important than her actual age is her presence. Can she have a commanding presence like you suggest? I’m interested to how it turns out.

        • SAMURAI36

          Excellent point. This just seems like an 11th hour second choice, IMO. I’m left scratching my head over this one.

        • Axxell

          Age is not a problem – she doesn’t have to start off as Major from the get go – it can be one of the character’s development arcs.

          • Boogie

            Yep.

        • Steve Steve

          Those are fair concerns. According to the 2014 Air Force demographics (which are only available to service-personnel, so I got them second hand from a website) the usual age of those promoted to Major is the mid-thirties. Captains (the rank below Major) usually range from 25-33.

          I think she could play “older” reasonably well. She could also be a prodigy who quickly advanced up the ranks. Captain America achieved his rank for contrived reasons (both within the story and by the storytellers).

          During war-time there is a necessity to quickly elevate soldiers through the ranks. There were multiple Generals during WWII who were in their thirties. Perhaps there is a rapid expansion of the MCU US Armed Forces (logical given the story they’re telling) that provides opportunities for rapid advancement.

          Katie Segal would have been the best person for the role, but she is not someone around whom you can market a major movie. However, she would have been a better answer to the criticisms about the lack a female roles because middle-aged women are rarely represented in film.

    • Boogie

      Blunt is a terrible choice. She looks nothing like her and is skinny as a rail.

      • Evan

        You won’t find one leading lady in Hollywood that weighs more than about 130lbs… so the skinny argument is old and invalid!!

        • Boogie

          Scarlet Johansson wants a word with you, she’s not skinny as a rail.

          • Evan

            Scarlet Johansson weighs 125 lbs…. so like I said under 130!

          • Boogie

            But she isn’t skinny as a rail. Comprehension fails you when you seek an argument. Blunt’s scale weight isn’t the issue, her silhouette and frame is that of a pencil.

      • Cheng “hemahemahema07” He

        well…

        • Boogie

          And THAT makes you think of Captain Marvel? Heck no.

          • Steve Steve

            Captain Marvel is a regular person who acquired “cosmic powers.” Unlike Wonder Woman (who is not human), Captain Marvel requires only a talented actress who can emote power and confidence. Emily Blunt is that actress. Brie Larson is also good. There is a myriad of other women in Hollywood who can play that role.

          • Boogie

            No sh*t, Sherlock. But Emily Blunt is not that actress. I don’t see what the sheep see in her that makes them scream “Captain Marvel” outside the fact that she’s a white female actress.

      • SAMURAI36

        Ah, the good ol’ too skinny logic. Good luck with that.

    • CCEkeke

      I’m not sure Marvel will take another chance on Blunt after being burned twice. First time was when she had to turned down the Black Widow role, which wasn’t her fault. Fox screwed her on a film contract. Second time with Peggy Carter where she turned down the role.

      • Boogie

        Blunt is old new now. She’d be ok for a side-role, like Spider-Woman, but I don’t want her for Cap. Marvel. Brie would be a better choice.

        • Cheng “hemahemahema07” He

          Yeah, I was thinking Emily Blunt for Jessica Drew as well. I really want her in the MCU, third time’s the charm, right?

  • Boogie

    Why would she be in the Thor 3 credits when her movie doesn’t come until 2019? Ant-Man nor Doctor Strange got in any credits. More than likely, she might be in IW1 credits…at most. Or maybe Ant-Man and the Wasp.

    • Samuel Patrick Flynn

      If she appears in Ragnarok, it will be to tee up her introduction in IW1, not her solo pic. Sorry my writing was a little unclear.

      • Boogie

        It’s cool bro, but I still don’t think she’ll be in IW1 unless she’s shown as a pilot only or in a credits scene. Her movie comes in 2019, which would allow a good origin and intro for her become Captain Marvel. Then she joins the main fight in IW2 with everyone else. It helps to make IW2 more interesting because she’d be a new member of the Avengers team, along with GotG joining up. I definitely don’t think they’ll try to just toss her creation/origin into IW1, too much stuff has to happen.

        I wonder if the Kree will still be villains for her movie. They should have saved Ronan the Accuser to be her villain. For GotG1, Magus should have been the villain. That way he could have been reverted to Adam Warlock and joined the team afterwards. Well, they’d be holding him captive, but he’d help them in part 2 and join from there. But that’s just an idea and time has gone.

        • CCEkeke

          Too soon for Magus. They would have needed to introduce Adam Warlock beyond just being a cocoon.

          • Boogie

            Yeah, but that’d be a back-and-forth type of deal. I don’t know if Marvel Studios would do that, especially considering how poorly they handle villains.

          • CCEkeke

            Truth man on the villains part. I think Marvel would need to truly expand their Cosmic Universe before bringing Magus in. Here’s hoping they might eventually get back the FF just so they can use the Skrulls.

          • Boogie

            They need FF BADLY. They could end IW2 with a post credit scene of a view in deep space, and you’d hear, “I…HUNGER!!” They’d be able to use the Skrulls, Doctor Doom, Silver Surfer, Annihilus, Galactus, Kang the Conqueror. Damn, that’s at least 2 Phases right there.

          • CCEkeke

            All the Heralds, the whole damn Negative Zone. Eesh!

    • Joseph

      At a recent Marvel-centric event at the Smithsonian Institute (via ComicBook.com), Joe and Anthony Russo let slip that plans are in place for Captain Marvel to make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War.
      This was big news a few weeks ago. Surprised you missed it.

      • Boogie

        I didn’t miss it. Did you miss the fact that Infinity War is a two part movie being filmed at the same time? She’s in the second part, not the first, but they have to cast her now since filming will begin soon.

        • Joseph

          Ohhh whoops, I missed the official confirmation that says she’s only going to appear in the 2nd part and not the 1st. Can you point me to that article which confirms this? (You’re stating this as a direct fact, not as a theory, so I’m guessing there’s some kind of confirmation from Marvel on this.)

          • Boogie

            Sure, right after you point me to the official confirmation that says she’s going to be in the first part; and not the fact that the movies are being filmed at once, currently having the same name.

          • Joseph

            Hahaha touché my friend. Touché. Well tbh, now that I’m looking at the release dates for Phase 3 and seeing that Captain Marvel movie comes out in BETWEEN IW1 and IW2, I can see your logic. It would make sense to give her a full origin story in her own movie first, and then have her appear in IW2 instead of rushing her introduction in IW1. So your point is very well taken. I was always aware they were filming both parts back to back. I just was not aware that Captain Marvel was coming out in between the two-part Infinity War.

          • Boogie

            No problem, bro. Yeah, it wouldn’t make sense to force her origin in IW1 when they have to give Thanos some light as well as have something happen for the Avengers to gather again. While that event could be her origin, it’d take a lot of steam out of her solo. BP was a bit different (with his Civil War intro), especially since he hasn’t shown any of his tech, nor have we really seen Wakanda.

            I’m wondering what will be the plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp since that comes out after IW1 as well.

        • Axxell

          Well, we’re only 2 years away from the release of IW1. For reference, Cumberbatch was cast as Dr Strange less than 2 years before release.

          • Boogie

            I’m talking about being in a post credit scene.

          • Axxell

            Right. I’m just saying their recent history indicates they’re gonna use her within a similar timeframe. It makes little sense to cast her this early when her film is almost 3 years out.

          • Boogie

            But it DOES make sense to cast her now. Infinity War (both movies, 1 and 2) will be filming next year. She’s definitely going to be in part 2, and films are filmed in scene order, so they have to cast Captain Marvel soon. We’ll find out a lot about the Infinity Wars movies this year.

  • unpaidpundit

    It’s hard for me to judge this casting, because I don’t remember seeing Brie Larson in anything. She won an Oscar for her role in a film that no one saw. Larson was in “21 Jump Street,” which I saw, but she didn’t make an impression on me, since I can’t remember her.

  • Darthmanwe

    I was afraid of this. Marvel so far cast most roles excellently, and they go after hot talent….

    But Brie Larson, as superbly talented as she is, suits a heroine less intense than Ms. Marvel. I was hoping for Elizabeth Debicki type..

    • Steve Steve

      Captain Marvel is an American character. I think Elizabeth Debicki is too European to fit the role properly.

      Just my opinion, but I also wanted Pedro Pascal for Dr. Strange.

      • Darthmanwe

        I mean, someone like Debicki. Angular face, slightly more assertive voice. And to be honest, these days, you can’t find many AMerican actors and actresses fitting that bill.

        This is a world where Superman and Spiderman are played by Brits. Which, I find funny.

        I’d like to see Brie Larson in a stronger role before giving Ms. Marvel to her as well. Room (I honestly don’t know if the one with ‘THE’ or the one without is the good one, so confusing) showcased her acting, but only as a singular type character. Other than that, I only saw her in 21 jump street which was…. Meh.

        • Cheng “hemahemahema07” He

          You got it right with “Room”, if you added “the” it becomes the best unintentional comedy of all time

      • Jared

        Debicki wouldn’t work as she’s alrezdy in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

      • SAMURAI36

        Wow, what a weird statement. You do realize that there’s a lot of Hollywood that’s British, yes?

        • Steve Steve

          Really? I hadn’t heard that… source?

  • Liv

    She is amazing and super talented, if this is true we can rest assured Captain Marvel is going to rock

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  • Carl

    I’m not sure how I feel about her as Captain Marvel. I do like that she’s in her mid 20s.

    • Marquis de Sade

      Nawww, they should cast someone in their early 30’s…Carol Danvers is A WOMAN, not some 20 something year old bobblehead.

      • Carl

        She is 26 and will be near 30 by the time the movie is out.

      • Boogie

        Bobblehead lol

  • Jared

    The more I think, the more I like it. I never understood the Emily Blunt stuff.

    • Maximillian Pegasus

      have you seen any Emily Blunt movie?

      • Boogie

        Plenty, that’s why we don’t understand the Emily Blunt stuff.

  • Axxell

    Not thrilled about the casting, but at least it’s not Katee Sackoff. And it looks like they’re casting someone young enough to be able to commit to the role for a while.

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