“Well, yeah… it’s just kind of a no brainer, right?”
That was everyones’ reaction when they heard that Academy Award-winner Brie Larson was in talks to play the coveted role of Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel for Marvel Studios, after emerging over the past few years as one of the most talented actresses of her generation. Luckily, at the very end of the studio’s Hall H panel in San Diego this past weekend as well, Studio Head Kevin Feige was finally able to confirm Larson as the character when she came out on stage.
Speaking with Comicbook.com following the panel, Feige talked about casting Larson in the role and how lucky he and the studio felt that she was even interested in the part, and what it meant for her to play a character that could act as a beacon of inspiration for fans around the world:
“The first casting choice as our own studio was Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. We set a bar that was very very high. Every time we bring somebody, whether or not it’s a co-starring role, certainly if it’s a starring role, we need to match that bar if it’s even possible. With Carol Danvers, with our first title female super hero in Captain Marvel we could do no less than that.
The fact that Brie, even after she won her big Academy Award, was interested in coming in and talking to us about the character, really fell in love with this character, really fell in love with the notion of being a symbol that can inspire everyone… We were very lucky. We were very lucky that she agreed to come on board and agreed to come out tonight at the end of the panel.”
At this point, it seems like everyone wants to work with Marvel Studios, and they just keep getting better and more high-profile actors with every single one of their projects. After all, would you have ever thought you’d see Michael Keaton return to the superhero genre? Well he is in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
After seeing movies like Room and Short Term 12, I never would have thought that Larson would be playing a lead superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and once again – they’ve proven me wrong. Out of all of their many great casting decisions and announcements, this is probably one of their most unexpected and exciting to date.
Captain Marvel is set to hit theatres on March 8th, 2019.
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