Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel was the first female-led superhero blockbuster based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film focused on the powerful Carol Danvers, who broke free from everything she thought she knew and everyone she thought she could trust in order to fight for what was right. While marketing the film, Brie Larson tried her best to embody the heroic qualities of the superheroine she portrayed by giving a voice to those who often go overlooked and it made headlines, not always for the right reasons. Still, Larson continues to act for the benefit of others.
At 2019's MTV Movie Awards, Captain Marvel took home the award for Best Fight, and Brie Larson appeared on stage to accept it. The star briefly thanked MTV and the fans who voted before coding the spotlight to Renae Moneymaker and Joanna Bennett, who accompanied her on stage. "These are the women that trained me, and were also the stuntdoubles for Captain Marvel," Larson said. "I could not have made this film without them... they are the living embodiment of Captain Marvel." The stunt duo praised the film and described it as a "very special experience for all of us" before expressing their hope that Carol Danvers will prove to be as inspiring as heroines such as Lara Croft and G.I Jane were for them.
As Moneymaker explained in her speech, she and Bennett grew up together. Both stuntwomen have worked on a variety of superhero films. Aside from Captain Marvel, Moneymaker has also provided stunt work on several other MCU projects such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man and the Wasp. Bennett's resume is equally as impressive, containing major releases such as Captain America: Civil War, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
Despite the extensive work they do, stunt workers are often unknown among moviegoers. As Bennett says in her speech, stunt workers are rarely acknowledged, which makes Brie Larson's decision to give them the spotlight on such a widely watched stage a notable and decent act.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg, 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. The film is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD.