Captain Marvel star Brie Larson has expressed unabashed delight at a piece of fan art making the rounds online that mashes together her superpowered Carol Danvers with one of her favorite pop culture properties, Sailor Moon.
The spin on Marvel Cinematic Universe's strongest hero was created by artist Drachea Rannak, known for his love of the anime genre. It follows the general Sailor Moon character design with Carol, who's glowing with her cosmic power, in her signature red, yellow and blue colors, but adds a skirt, sash and a headband straight from the anime.
Recently, Larson made it clear how much she loved Sailor Moon, considering it something young girls can look up for inspiration and as a beacon of feminism. "I loved Sailor Moon," she said in a BuzzFeed interview. "I'd come home from school just to try and not miss a second of Sailor Moon."
Created by Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon was one of the biggest manga of the '90s. It spawned a just-as-popular anime that followed a young girl, Usagi Tsukino, as befriended a talking black cat named Luna. After being given a magical brooch, she was able to become Sailor Moon: a soldier destined to save Earth. Luna and Usagi went on to assemble a team of fellow Sailor Soldiers to find the Silver Crystal and stave off the evil forces of the Dark Kingdom, which isn't too different from Carol's journey in the MCU.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel is in theaters now, starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence.