Brie Larson Confirmed to Play Captain Marvel
A monumental step forward for the studio known for superhero films revolving around male protagonists.
Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson has just been confirmed to play the role of Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel for the upcoming standalone film. Announced at Marvel’s Hall H panel, Larson appeared onstage alongside Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to deliver the news. Larson and Feige were also joined by the casts of several other upcoming Marvel films including Doctor Strange and Black Panther. Although Captain Marvel has been portrayed by both men and women in past comic versions, Feige expressed the importance of the decision to cast a woman in the lead role. ”Captain Marvel has gone by many names in the comics, has had many people who’ve inhabited that costume and used that power base. I want to make it very clear: This hero’s name is Carol Danvers,” Feige stated during the panel discussion.
This is a monumental move for the studio, which has been under fire numerous times for its practice of creating superhero films (and associated marketing campaigns) that revolve around male protagonists. In addition, the heartbreakingly misogynistic comments targeted at the all-female remake of the latest Ghostbusters film (which ultimately led to one of the film’s stars, Leslie Jones, leaving Twitter due to racist and sexist taunts) has shed light on a serious superhero problem rampant in Hollywood. Although details are still sparse regarding the project, this is an important step forward for women in the entertainment industry. Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters March 2019.
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— Brie Larson (@brielarson) July 24, 2016
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 24, 2016
- Entertainment Weekly