With less than a year to go before her debut as Captain Marvel, Brie Larson has said that she’s excited that the role will explore female complexity in a way that distinguishes her from male superheroes.
“Aside from the fact that it’s iconic to be part of this, to be playing the first female [lead] in a solo [Marvel] movie, I think for me personally one of the things I’m excited about is the idea of female complexity,” the Oscar winner told Collider. “That’s what I’ve wanted to bring to every genre and every film that I’ve done. How can we come to understand the mystique of being female? And I think with ‘Free Fire,’ for example, what excites me is to say, ‘It’s not so easy as just saying, oh, that’s a girl in an action movie; that’s a superhero and she’s tough and she’s just like a dude.’ That’s too easy. That’s not where we’re at actually. I think women are far more complicated and more interesting than just saying, ‘They’re like a dude, and that’s what makes them tough and that’s what makes them cool.’
“That’s just not how it works,” Larson continued, “so to me it’s this idea of doing this film on this larger scale with really incredible, smart people behind it, with women behind it, that gives you an hour and a half, two hours to sit and see how different a woman can be. That seems cool to me, right?”
Little is known about the “Captain Marvel” solo film, targeted for release March 8, 2019. The Marvel Studios project has screenwriters Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve but still no director. Current reports suggest the movie will be an origin story. Samuel L. Jackson has also hinted that Nick Fury might appear.
Carol Danvers, who first appeared in 1968’s “Marvel Super-Heroes” #13, was created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colon. While she’s worn many different mantles during her long existence, Danvers first appeared as Captain Marvel in 2012’s “Avenging Spider-Man” #9. She’s also a member of the Ultimates, along with Blue Marvel, Ms. America, Spectrum and Black Panther — who has his own upcoming solo movie. Eventually, Danvers’ desire to protect the Earth brought her into conflict with Tony Stark, which kicked off Civil War II.
Larson debuts as Captain Marvel in “Avengers: Infinity War,” which arrives in theaters May 4, 2018.