‘Captain Marvel’ Star Brie Larson Talks Marvel’s First Female-Led Film

You’ve heard this saying before and may or may not be tired of it, but there’s a saying akin to ‘Diversity is our strength.’ You may roll your eyes at the repetition of that, but consider the shifting landscape and demographics. As far as comic adaptations go, while the TV side of things have been leading the charge for so long, the film side of things are catching up, with Wonder Woman and Black Panther being recent examples. Now you’ve got Blue Beetle and Shang-Chi on the way, but what about Carol Danvers herself? Yes, let’s talk Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel.

On the heels of a new trailer aired during Monday Night Football on the same evening that the Redskins fell to the Eagles, fans got a second opportunity to see Carol Danvers in action with the second Captain Marvel trailer. And with this being the first female-led film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, obviously many outlets will indeed focus on that fact. Heck, you saw the headline for this, so you know. But similar to how Emilia Clarke said she’s tired of hearing female leads called “strong,” Larson doesn’t see this film as any different.

In an interview with Collider, Larson doesn’t want Captain Marvel to feel any different than other films in this genre:

“To be honest, I don’t want it to feel different. Kind of over the first female blah, blah, blah. And like, ‘Wow, maybe women can actually do the same things that dudes can do. Like, what a crazy concept!’ You know what I mean? I feel like the more we talk about it, the more we perpetuate the myth that it’s an impossible task. It’s like, no. If it wasn’t like that before it’s because it was wrong. That was just wrong. Now we’re just doing what’s natural.”

So for Brie Larson, she doesn’t want Captain Marvel to be viewed under a different lens than other movies, even though many will jump on the fact that, yes, this is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a female lead. For Larson, the films in which she appears are to be enjoyed by audiences, not merely female audiences:

“I feel really firmly that art is made to be enjoyed and interpreted, and you get what you need out of it. My favorite books I’ve read multiple times in my life and they mean something totally different to me every time I read them. Art isn’t made to be processed and labeled and organized in the way that we do it now. I even have a hard time with the idea of a genre and that we place value based off of, ‘Well, it’s really good for a this kind of movie.’ It’s like, ‘Huh? What does that even mean? I don’t understand.’ It’ll be what it is, and I think there’s gonna be a lot there for people to digest and feel.”

While Captain Marvel will no doubt be analyzed and dissected by many who will focus on it being the first MCU film with a female lead, Larson is just hoping moviegoers enjoy themselves. Admittedly, that’s what anyone should hope for when going to the movies, rather than having to fit into a specific category. What do you think, though? With the changing landscape, can Captain Marvel be viewed as just a film and not just the first MCU movie with a female as the titular character? Let us know in the comments below.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, Mckenna Grace, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

The film will fly into theaters on March 8, 2019.

Source: Collider

‘Captain Marvel’ Funko Toys Confirm Carol Danvers’ Cat Will Appear

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Captain Marvel Brie Larson Carol Danvers Kevin FeigeWith just about four months away from the release of Captain Marvel, Funko has now revealed its upcoming line of Pop! Vinyl Figures that are tied-in to the highly-anticipated film that features Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, the titular heroine and perhaps the most powerful character in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The reveal of this new line of Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures show off some of the characters set to appear in the film, one of which includes Carol Danvers' feline companion Goose the Cat.

The name of our heroine's cat may come as a surprise to fans of the comics because in previous incarnations, Captain Marvel's cat is named Chewie and is actually part of the Flerken species.

You can check out two collectible Funko figures of Goose the Cat in the gallery down below. You can start viewing the images by clicking "Next".

Are you excited to see Carol Danvers' Goose the Cat in the film? What do you make of the new name choice instead of Chewie? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the MCU.

Here is the synopsis for the film:

Based on the Marvel comic character first appearing in 1968, the story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

Captain Marvel will be released in theaters on March 8, 2019.

Source: Funko

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