Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, is the first female led film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s being eagerly awaited by fans across the globe.
For those unfamiliar with Captain Marvel, or Carol Danvers as she’s otherwise known, she’s an Air Force pilot who just so happens to have alien powers thanks to being part Kree. Yes we know, it differs to the comics. Are we not over that yet?
When discussing her new character, Larson tells EW that it’s Danvers’ flaws that are what really intrigued her, the internal war between her Kree need for perfectionism and her human fallibility.
“You have this Kree part of her that’s unemotional, that is an amazing fighter and competitive,” Larson says. “Then there’s this human part of her that is flawed but is also the thing that she ends up leading by. It’s the thing that gets her in trouble, but it’s also the thing that makes her great. And those two sides warring against each other is what makes her her.”
While the aggressive, brash and impulsive nature are things that drive Captain Marvel’s story, they are the very things Larson says drew her to the character.
“Just seeing a character who says how she feels and says what’s on her mind and doesn’t let people stand in her way is incredibly empowering,” Larson says, adding, “That is something that is really exciting to me about this film: We did not cut corners on that stuff. Like, when it’s funny, it is funny, but also when there’s deep emotional things happening, it’s real. So I was able to bring some of those same things that I’ve brought to full dramatic roles into this, which I’m really proud of because I think it will really set this film apart.”
Larson embedded herself in her new role, reading the Captain Marvel comics, mostly the recent series written by Kelly Sue DeConnick in which Danvers takes on the mantle of Captain Marvel. She also trained with Air Force pilots and even went for a flight in an F-16.
With her extremely impressive body of work, from her role in United States of Tara, through to the Oscar winning Room and her action movie Kong: Skull Island with fellow Marvel cast members Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston, there’s no doubt that Larson will give Captain Marvel all the grit and gumption she needs.
Captain Marvel opens in cinemas March 2019.