While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone on to be one of the most successful franchises in movie history, they have recently come under fire for their lack of female heroes among its ranks, which they are trying to correct with a new Captain Marvel movie. After months of speculation, the studio finally confirmed that Brie Larson will play Carol Danvers in this upcoming movie, slated for release on March 8, 2019. The actress has already thanked fans for their support in her casting, but now she reveals just how important this role will be to young girls everywhere.
While there have been strong female characters in the MCU like Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Captain Marvel will be the first Marvel movie centering on a female character. This history is not lost on Brie Larson, who revealed at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she is promoting her new movie Free Fire, that she's excited her casting has already had an impact on young girls. Here's what she had to say below in her interview with Space Channel.
"The thing that's been the most exciting now is on social media I get sent a lot of pictures of young girls in the Captain Marvel costume and I'm excited to see more of that. She's such a great symbol for young girls, and realizing what a deficit we have, that we don't have more of those. I think it's really cool to see a girl in a Batman costume or a Spider-Man costume, but I'm really excited that there's a symbol of women. I think that's really important."
In a seperate interview, Brie Larson went onto talk about joining the MCU. She didn't do it for financial gain. Or to have her face plastered all over lunchboxes and coloring books. She believes this particular Marvel movie carries with it an 'undeniably important' message for the entire world. She explains.
"I have very specific reasons for doing film, and they don't have to do with me or getting my face plastered on more objects. It's about the material. And movies live on and can be places I can't, and I want to be conscious about what it is that I'm presenting to the world, and what those representations of life are, and how they're being shared. And obviously Marvel is such an incredible platform to be able to share in storytelling...I think what Captain Marvel represents, and what this film is shaping up to be, has a message that's undeniably important to the world right now."
You may recall that, earlier this year, Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo let it slip that Captain Marvel will be a part of this massive adventure, which some fans think may explain why Brie Larson was cast so early, since Captain Marvel doesn't hit theaters until March 8, 2019, right between Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers sequel set to hit theaters on May 3, 2019. Production on Infinity War is set to begin in November, but no cast members have been confirmed quite yet.
Last month, a report surfaced that there are three female directors atop Marvel's short list for Captain Marvel, Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Lesli Linka Glater (Homeland, Mad Men) and Lorene Scafaria (The Meddler). It isn't known when Marvel will make a final decision, but whoever takes the directing gig will be working from a script by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out). Take a look at Brie Larson's interview segment where she discusses the importance of female heroes like Captain Marvel.