The release of Captain Marvel is less than a month away, and adding to the excitement is that Carol Danvers is being played by Brie Larson, whose off-screen actions (as well as on-screen talent) confirm she’s an excellent choice for the role.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Larson said she feels “stoked” about Disney CEO Bob Iger’s response to the Time’s Up movement, and namely his announcement that 40 percent of the studio’s upcoming movies would be directed by women.
“We now have a lot of ways to try to hold ourselves and others accountable. We’re also dealing with a lot of institutions — agencies, unions, studios. But I’m constantly getting emails that make me go, ‘This is working,'” Larson said.
The actor also explained why she rejects the idea that films like Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman are essentially litmus tests in determining the commercial viability of female-led superhero movies. Instead, she says women have been heading movies and bringing viewers to theaters throughout the history of film, but haven’t received proper recognition.
“There’s this sense of setting this thing up,” she said. “I know it’s exciting and fun to be like, ‘Will it sink or will it float?’ ‘What’s going to happen?’ ‘Can women exist in the world?’ ‘We’re not sure yet!’ But women have been opening movies since the silent era. We have been part of every major art movement. People just push us away once the movement gains momentum and act like we were never really there.”
Larson also recently spoke out saying she wants the members of the media she meets with during the Captain Marvel press tour to be diverse, stating, “On the Captain Marvel press tour, I’ll be pushing for representation across the board: my interviews, magazine covers, the clothes that I’m wearing. It means spending more time thinking about things than you sometimes want to, but it’s worth it.”
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos and Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau. The film arrives on March 8.