Academy Award® winner Brie Larson steps into role of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most powerful force, Carol Danvers aka “Captain Marvel.”
“When we found out that Brie Larson might be interested in joining the MCU, we had numerous meetings and pitched her the idea for the film,” recalls producer Kevin Feige. “She was a huge fan of the character in the comic, and one of the highlights of my career at Marvel was introducing her at Comic-Con and having her come out on stage and stand with literally almost every other actor from the MCU. She was at the forefront, which was a great foreshadowing for how audiences are going to embrace Brie as this character.”
Feige adds about the character, “The great thing with Captain Marvel is that she is human. There’s a real person in Carol Danvers who gets these incredible powers and has these amazing adventures in outer space. But as with all the best Marvel characters she needs to be very human. So, this is not just about somebody who is incredibly powerful and can fly around and shoot photon blasts out of her arms. It’s somebody who’s very human, who’s very vulnerable, and who has multiple dimensions.”
Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” follows Carol Danvers’ journey as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. As the story unfolds, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of a maelstrom when a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth.
For Larson, being the lead of the first female Super Hero franchise presented an opportunity to put herself in the forefront of breaking new ground in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “It’s such an honor to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and be part of this legacy of characters and storytelling that is so incredibly meaningful to people,” says Larson. “These films are part of what’s shaping our culture, who we are, what morals we value. It’s incredible. I don’t think that I fully understood the scope of what it meant in the cultural zeitgeist until the announcement came out that I was going to be playing Captain Marvel. I’ve slowly started to grasp the vastness and levity of it all.”
To add to the authenticity of her scenes as a fighter pilot, Larson, along with director Anna Boden, and co-star Lashana Lynch visited Nellis Air Force base in Las Vegas for some once-in-a-lifetime training and experiences. Larson also was able to meet and spend time with Brigadier General Jeannie M. Leavitt, who became the United States Air Force’s first female fighter pilot in 1993, and was the first woman to command a USAF combat fighter wing.
“Brie, Lashana and Anna all went up in F-16s and pulled serious Gs in going through all of the maneuvers they do in the training exercises, which is astounding,” comments Feige. “They all had their names stenciled on the side of the cockpit and went for an intense ride. And that’s one of the reasons why the scenes in the movie where they’re piloting ships and planes come off so authentically because they have had the hands-on experience and have been up there.”
“It was just amazing to feel all of that, especially once we were back on set,” tells Larson about the experience. “When we were simulating a barrel roll, I was able to recall that exactly, what that feels like, what your body feels like, how hard it is to breathe. It’s all of those little nuances that I hope will come through in the movie so that regardless of who you are, if you’re the Air Force or you’re a pilot or whatever, that you recognize that. That it feels real.”
Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” opens in Philippines theaters on March 6.