Little has been revealed thus far about Captain Marvel, the first Marvel film that will center around a female protagonist. We haven’t received confirmation about a director, plot, or even any casting news as of yet apart from the rumors circling the internet. The names that have been thrown around have included Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Katee Sackoff (with other ladies offering their own names for consideration such as Rhonda Rousey). Now there’s a new name to add to the list as Variety is reporting that Oscar-winner Brie Larson is the current front-runner to land the role of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. Read on for more information.
“Sources tell Variety Larson is in early talks to play Captain Marvel, one of Marvel’s most popular female superheroes, in an upcoming standalone film. It’s unknown where negotiations stand, but sources have told Variety that Larson is their first choice, and that she’s leaning toward playing the part.”
A few years back it would’ve been crazy to think that Oscar caliber talent would be signing up for comic book adaptations because for the most part their were considered vastly inferior movies. Now due to the increase in quality and because of the huge box office/viewership each film is attracting, it’s considered a smart move even for an actor or actress who is more interested in indie flicks than blockbuster stardom. They can make a few of these huge films, make their money and get their name out there, and then their more personal projects will get funded because they are attached to it. Beyond that, the role of Captain Marvel is particularly attractive because it will be the first female stand alone film in the wildly successful Marvel franchise and no doubt will be filmed and marketed as a role model to young girls. So for those reasons this is a very smart move for Brie Larson, who has already been making a name for herself in the indie market.
As for Marvel they are adding another Oscar-winner to their already impressive group of Oscar-winners/Oscar-nominees. Larson has proven to be a great actress (great in Short Term 12 and Room and I’ll have to revisit Scott Pilgrim vs the World because I didn’t know she was in that). I’ll admit that she didn’t cross my mind as a possibility because a) she seemed like she wanted to remain with independent/personal films and b) she hasn’t shown the type of air of authority that’s required for Carol Danvers in any of her previous work. That’s why Emily Blunt was my first choice wince day one. However, Larson is a great actress and I have no doubt she can pull it off.
Captain Marvel is set to arrive in theaters March 8, 2019, but may first appear in Infinity Wars Part 1 on May 4, 2018.