The magnanimous success of Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel movie is a testament that, love her or hate her you can’t ignore her
With a miss here and there Marvel Studios’ casting is impeccable. Be it picking Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark aka Iron Man to betting on new names like Tom Holland and Iman Vellani – Marvel Studios know exactly what they are looking for in their talents. Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel makes a curious case of casting as the first female-led movie got an equal part of praise and trolling from the audience. Larson however, stays unaffected by both and keeps marching to the beat of her own drum.
Larson’s addition to the MCU was announced during the San-Diego Comic-Con 2016. Kevin Feige in a later interview explained how watching Larson standing along with other heroes on the stage was the highlight of his career and a foreshadowing of how the audience responds not only to Brie but to Captain Marvel as well. Here are 5 reasons why Marvel actually chose Brie Larson to be Captain Marvel.
Watch: CAPTAIN MARVEL Comic-Con Panel Brie Larson Announcement
Larson Owns it
As per co-director Anna Boden Larson “really owns” her Captain Marvel’s power. Talking to ABC she explained how the story of Captain Marvel is one of discovering her own humanity. That explains how her power peaks by knowing herself and her roots better. She said, “And Brie owns it. She really does.”
Academy Award winner Brie Larson is a feminist! One of her primary reason to take up the role was that “they (Marvel Studio) said they wanted to make the biggest feminist movie of all time.” It was a role Larson considered for a long time though. On her youtube channel, she revealed turning down the role ‘several times’ “It’s mythology, it’s a story and it’s the human experience on this large scale,” she said of the film.
The Oscar Winning Effort
Larson won Academy Award for her power-packed performance in 2016’s Room. The same year she was announced Captain Marvel by the studio. Nonetheless, she was extremely humble and scared about taking up the titular role. “Marvel was very patient with me,” she said. “My anonymity has always been super important to me, not just because I’m a super introvert — that’s how I’m able to disappear into other characters.”
Larson Fits The Bill
For Marvel Studios, it was important to find an actor who could counterbalance the humane rather flawed side of the superhero. Especially Captain Marvel’s journey is the one through regret and reflection. It is what Carol thought made her so powerful. Larson certainly fits the bill as she told ABC, “Well, that’s part of what I think makes Carol a really powerful and human superhero, is that — she was awesome before she got superpowers,”
Brie Larson Makes Captain Marvel Relevant
Larson’s understanding of Carol Danvers makes her character more intriguing. Sure, some may say Captain Marvel looked pained or emotionless on screen, however, that’s an acting choice. Carol has been brainwashed, tamed and her memories were wiped out. In her origin story, she lacked emotions but as she finds herself more she warms up. Captain Marvel Comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick described Larson as having the right “gravitas and power” while also being funny and playful.
As excited as the fandom is about Captain Marvel 2 looks like the studio certainly made the right choice picking its namesake superhero in Brie Larson.