With “Captain Marvel,” star Brie Larson will not only feel the pressure of not only headlining a big-budget action movie but also the first Marvel Studios film with a female lead.
“I feel a great responsibility,” the Oscar-winning actress told Total Film. “I have so many conversations with fans about the universe and this character in particular. I’m grateful for social media for that, actually — it’s such a great way to connect with people, to understand what it is they love about this character, what it is they hope to see. Where this character’s at in the comic books is such an inspiring space right now. I’m so grateful to be part of it.”
The actresses’ comments echo recent remarks by “Captain Marvel” co-writer Nicole Perlman about the added pressure of creating the studio’s first solo film to star a female hero.
“I think there’s a tendency to have that back and forth conversation of ‘Should it affect the story at all?’ or ‘Should it affect the writing?’” Perlman said. “I think that making sure that Captain Marvel is not somebody who is a hero in spite of her femininity is important. She’s a very strong character and her being a woman is part of that strength. I will say that there are certain tropes you can get away without having to examine too much if you’re not writing the first female Marvel Studios lead; that could be read into a lot or that could diminish hero’s own proactivity, strength, and independence. There are things you wouldn’t think twice about Iron Man but you would think twice about for Captain Marvel.”
Confirmed as Carol Danvers in July at Comic-Con International, Larson later released a photo of herself reading “Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More” while wearing a Captain Marvel zip-up jacket. She’s referred to the character as “a great symbol for young girls.”
“I think what’s most exciting now is, like, on social media I get sent a lot of pictures of young girls in the Captain Marvel costume,” she said last summer,” and I’m excited to see more than that. She’s such a great symbol for young girls, and I’m realizing the deficit we have, that we don’t have more of those. I think it’s really cool to see a girl in, you know, a Batman costume or a Spider-Man costume, but I’m really excited that there is, like, a symbol of women. I think that that’s really important.”
Larson will debut as Captain Marvel next year in “Avengers: Infinity War” before reprising the role in her solo film, targeted for 2019.
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