With development heating up for Marvel Studios Captain Marvel, following the recent hiring of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck in the directors chairs, actress Brie Larson is busy prepping for the anticipated role.
In a lengthy interview with Vanity Fair, Larson spoke about why she decided to take on the role and said the main reason was to inspire young women and female fans in a genre that is lacking in female superheroes making it to the big screen on their own, but is slowly starting to change (Captain Marvel will be Marvel’s first female-led film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
“It took me a really long time,” Larson said to VF. “I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it. Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women—I’ll do it.”
On working with Kevin Feige and others at Marvel, Larson said: “They’ve been very open to hearing my thoughts and my take on it, which has been great. I think that’s why they cast me: I have a lot of similarities to this character and they want me to bring that into the movie.”
Feige even weighed in on why he felt Larson was the right actress for the role, stating that: “Captain Marvel has powers that far surpass many of her heroic counterparts, and in order to bring this superhero to life and make her relatable and disarming we needed an actress with both range and humanity. So, like the best of our leading characters who have brought the Marvel Universe to life, Brie possesses the depth and energy that can fuse firepower, guts, and a great story.”
Captain Marvel is set for release on March 8th, 2019.