Comic book fans might think the idea of playing a Marvel superhero sounds like the greatest thing in the world, but the reality is that portraying a role of that magnitude and global recognition comes with a lot of drawbacks and extra responsibility. It’s not for nothing that Chris Evans famously turned down the part of Captain America twice before eventually picking up Steve Rogers’ shield.
It turns out the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ever-growing roster of heroes also had a huge dilemma on her hands when offered the part. Brie Larson was first revealed to be playing Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel last summer, but the actress spent a long time before that ruminating over whether accepting the role was the right thing to do. Eventually, though, she decided that this wasn’t an opportunity she could pass up.
“I spent months thinking about whether or not I was going to do the film, [but] I realised that it was a chance to tell a story on the largest scale possible. I know it is going to make me lose some of the things I love most about my life, but I think it’s worth it.”
You can understand why Larson was initially hesitant to jump on board the Marvel machine. Though she won the Oscar for her acclaimed performance in 2015’s Room, Captain Marvel will be by far the most widely-seen movie on her resume and will likely completely change her life.
That said, Larson has spoken before about how the character “is everything I care about” and that she believes the film will be “meaningful.” As she says above, it’s clear that the positives ended up far outweighing the negatives.
Captain Marvel will be the studio’s first ever female-led flick when it arrives in cinemas on March 8th, 2019.