Brie Larson Opens Up About CAPTAIN MARVEL and How Her Flaws Make The Character So Great
Yesterday we were treated with a bunch of new photos from Captain Marvel and they certainly seemed to get fans excited about the movie. You know what would be even more exciting, though? Watch a freakin' trailer! Which, should be coming sometime this month after this big EW marketing blitz.
Brie Larson is taking on the role of Captain Marvel in the film and she looks fantastic as the cahracter! I really dig her look. We've heard from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige that Captain Marvel is the most powerful hero in the MCU, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have her flaws. In fact, when talking about the character, Larson makes sure to highlight those flaws, and it's those flaws are what makes her character so interesting. EW offers the following description of the character:
She may be a part-Kree, part-human warrior with the powers of a god, but she’s anything but godlike: She’s aggressive and brash, impulsive and hotheaded. She’s the first one to rush into battle, and she doesn’t always wait for orders. She tells bad jokes. And in many ways, Captain Marvel finds her at war with herself, as she tries to reconcile her Kree perfectionism with her human fallibility.
Larson then goes on to explain the difference between the Kree part of her and the human part of her, saying:
“You have this Kree part of her that’s unemotional, that is an amazing fighter and competitive. Then there’s this human part of her that is flawed but is also the thing that she ends up leading by. It’s the thing that gets her in trouble, but it’s also the thing that makes her great. And those two sides warring against each other is what makes her her.”
These flaws that Carol Danvers has are what drives her character in this movie. It was previously revealed that when the movie starts off Danvers is already a part of the Kree military team Starforce, but she ends up coming back to Earth to find answers to questions about her past and identity. She explains that his journey will be filled with humor and emotion:
“That is something that is really exciting to me about this film: We did not cut corners on that stuff. Like, when it’s funny, it is funny, but also when there’s deep emotional things happening, it’s real. So I was able to bring some of those same things that I’ve brought to full dramatic roles into this, which I’m really proud of because I think it will really set this film apart.”
Larson says that she was hesitant to join the film initially when Marvel approached her because it wasn't really her thing and she felt it might limit her future. But, Marvel eventually talked her into it. She explains what it is that she ultimately likes about the character she plays, saying:
"Just seeing a character who says how she feels and says what’s on her mind and doesn’t let people stand in her way is incredibly empowering."
Brie Larson went through a lot of training to get ready for this role. She trained with fighter pilots, learned Judo, boxing, and wrestling. She goes on to joke:
"I was an introvert with asthma before this movie. I really thought when they hired me, ‘I am the worst choice for an action movie.’ And I didn’t know that I had a little Keanu Reeves in me! Who knew?”
I like that they are diving into the flaws of the character. It's these flaws that allow us to connect better with these superhero characters. Nobody is perfect, we all have issues that we are going through, and seeing these extraordinary heroes make mistakes and go through hard times like the rest of us allows us to find common ground with them.
Captain Marvel is being directed by the writing and directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and the film will be released on March 8th, 2019.