If today Brie Larson is the face of Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), initially, it was not planned that she play the character. Indeed, the actress has refused the proposal several times in the past.
Captain Marvel : Carole Danvers arrives
In 2019, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck direct Captain Marvel. A new opus that focuses on a brand new heroine: Carole Danvers. Worn by Brie Larsonthe blockbuster is the first-ever MCU film centered on a heroine and is incidentally the first part directed by a woman. A new recipe that has paid off since the feature film has brought in more thana billion dollars at the box office.
A success that paved the way for other character-centric productions feminine and staged by women like Black Widow directed by Cate Shortland or the series She-Hulk: Lawyer directed by Jessica Gao.
Brie Larson almost turned down the proposal
If today Brie Larson’s face is inseparable from Carole Danvers’ face, at first she was not interested in playing the superheroine. She has indeed twice refused to camp Captain Marvel in the MCU. At least that’s what she said on her own channel. Youtube :
I remember getting a call from my team when I was shooting Kong: Skull Island. They told me that Marvel would like me to play this heroine. I thought I couldn’t do this. I was too anxious. It was too much for me. I didn’t think I could handle it.
Just Oscar winner for her role in Room, Brie Larson Asks Her Team To Tell Marvel Studios She’s Definitely Not Interested In The Superhero Role. However, the studio returns to the charge a few months later and reiterates its proposal:
They called back. My team asked me “Are you really sure of yourself?” And I answered yes, that I was too introverted and that it was far too big a film for me. It was beyond my skills.
Despite this double refusal, Marvel Studios offers a third time to the actress this yet emblematic role. Once the filming of Kong: Skull Island completed, Marvel Studios implores him to meet. The firm shows him the scenario and some models of the characterwhich convinces Brie Larson to join the adventure:
I was very touched by what they were trying to do, by what they were talking about. It happened very gradually. I was very surprised by the way they talked about feminism, how they dealt with it. There were only female screenwriters, one female director, as many female voices as possible.
She finally realized that his team didn’t clearly say no to Marvel Studios, preferring to keep the door open to such an opportunity. Well done to his team for this initiative:
Every time I said no to them, I thought they were saying no to Marvel next, but actually not at all. I think they were doing this because they thought I would be great in the role.
Brie Larson has officially announced that she would be the face of Captain Marvel in 2016. She then made her first screen appearance in 2019 in Captain Marvel. The character then returned in Avengers :Endgame and time for a cameo in the series Miss Marvel. She will soon back in The Marvelsexpected July 26, 2023 in theaters.