Brie Larson, Oscar-winning actress from Room, was announced by Variety as Marvel’s top choice to play Captain Marvel. Apparently nothing is finalized yet, but Marvel wants Larson and Larson seems up for doing the role.
Captain Marvel, whose mundane identity name is Carol Danvers, is an air force pilot-turned superhero and one of the longest-running and most popular female superheroes in the Marvel Universe. She gained the powers of flight, energy projection, super strength, and more from an incident in which alien genetics fused with her own. She has also gone by the names of Ms. Marvel, Binary, and Warbird in the comic universe and is considered one of the Avengers. Due to her immense power, the fact that she carries the Marvel brand in her name, and the leading role she plays among her fellow superheroes, Captain Marvel has long been considered a feminist icon by fans. We at DG are extremely excited to see her get her own standalone movie.
Brie Larson recently won the Oscar for Best Actress in Room, an indie drama based on an eponymous book by Emma Donoghue. The story is about a woman and her young son held captive in a shed they call Room until one day they make their escape. Larson’s career, which began as a child actress in a sitcom called “Raising Dad,” is picking up traction as she stars in more psychological films like The Glass Castle as well as blockbusters like Kong: Skull Island. Larson mentioned in another Variety interview that she is interested in picking up future projects that showcase diversity. “I think a lot about my little sister,” she says, “She’s going to college. She is pretty in touch with what’s going on with current events. But she is a white American girl and she watches white American movies. I would love to create more space for her complication, for stepping outside of clichés and showing women and other races and other sexualities — all the complexities instead of just focusing so much on the surface issues.”
Nevertheless, commenters on the original announcement are quick to lament the double standard that while actors chosen for super hero roles may be in their 40s or 50s, heroine actresses must be in their 20s. They suggested that more mature actresses might be a better fit for the role, such as Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, or Yvonne Strahovski.
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