Regardless of whether you find yourself siding with Marvel or DC, there’s only one female superhero on everyone’s radars at the moment, and that’s Wonder Woman.
Warner Bros. is currently prepping the Gal Gadot-fronted origin story for release on June 2nd, and it’s fair to say that Diana Prince’s journey to the big screen has been a long, meandering one fraught with creative setbacks. Ditto for Captain Marvel, which is only now beginning to display signs of life now that Brie Larson has officially closed a deal to headline the 2019 spinoff. Still no mention of who Marvel has appointed at the helm – the studio is reportedly in no rush to make an announcement – but we do know that Carol Danvers’ standalone pic is designed as a “bridge between two worlds.”
When it comes to Captain Marvel herself, though, Brie Larson believes the time is right for a “different type of female hero.” Chatting to Collider in anticipation of Kong: Skull Island, here’s what the Oscar-winner had to share:
No. It was to turn this allegory on its head, a little bit. We’re in a different time right now, and I think we’re ready to see a different type of female hero. What’s interesting about Weaver is that she’s strong and she’s tough, but she’s sensitive. That’s her strength. She’s using her heart and her humanity to actually save all of them, in the end. It doesn’t take all of this running around, brute force, explosions, and guns. It just took having the simplest connection. That’s what saved their lives. I think that’s an incredible message.
For me, I believe that just seeing women be strong and tough is not answering the question of what a female hero looks like. Women have their own set of skills that are worth exploring and seeing on screen. I feel like it’s too easy to just say, “We’ll just change the name of this male character to a female, but have her do all the same things that a male does.” I don’t believe in that. I think there’s something else. I think there’s more to women than that. Mason (in Kong: Skull Island) is a great example of that, and Captain Marvel will be another great example of that and of exploring deeper how women lead and how that is different and unique.
In related news, Screen Rant has unearthed a report that suggests Captain Marvel is being prepped to enter production in January 2018. My Entertainment World has the scoop, though Marvel is yet to release anything official at the time of writing.
Captain Marvel‘s long-anticipated solo outing has been tentatively slated for March 8th, 2019. Next up for Brie Larson is a trip to Skull Island as budding war photographer Mason Weaver. Look for Legendary’s creature feature to open this Friday, March 10th.