With her debut as Captain Marvel in “Avengers: Infinity War” drawing closer, Brie Larson has opened up about why she chose to accept the title role in Marvel’s first movie starring a female lead.
“It took me a really long time,” Larson told Vanity Fair. “I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it. Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women — I’ll do it.
“They’ve been very open to hearing my thoughts and my take on it, which has been great,” the Oscar winner continued. “I think that’s why they cast me: I have a lot of similarities to this character and they want me to bring that into the movie.”
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, affirmed that it was indeed the similarities between the two that drove them to cast Larson as the character. “Captain Marvel has powers that far surpass many of her heroic counterparts, and in order to bring this superhero to life and make her relatable and disarming we needed an actress with both range and humanity,” Feige said in the same article. “So, like the best of our leading characters who have brought the Marvel Universe to life, Brie possesses the depth and energy that can fuse firepower, guts, and a great story.”
“Captain Marvel” is scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 8, 2019, with filming starting in February. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are slated to direct the movie, which was written by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve. The movie stars Brie Larson as Captain Marvel and may feature an appearance from Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.