As Academy Award winner Brie Larson has been hitting the promotional circuit to talk about her new film, Kong: Skull Island, she’s faced the inevitable slew of questions about Captain Marvel. In a recent conversation with IGN, the actress expressed her passion for the character and for the opportunity to create something new in the almost ten-year-old franchise.
“Just the fact that she can be a bridge between two worlds, that she can go to Earth and go to Space and that her own personal place is in the littlest place in between where Earth ends and space begins is hers is so moving to me. I’ve been so inspired going through all the comics and reading them right now, it’s what I’ve been doing on the side and I’m just amazed.”
The idea of Captain Marvel bridging the gap between Earth and space is of great importance – and goes some way to explain the scheduling of the movie. Audiences have been clamouring for a Captain Marvel film for a number of years, and indeed, they still have to wait until 2019 to actually see it. But, the project comes as the MCU moves into a new phase – including Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War – that will see earthbound factions combine with intergalactic elements in a way that is far more significant than has previously been presented.
Further comments from Brie Larson touch upon the unique kind of pressure that accompanies delivering a highly anticipated movie, featuring a beloved character, within one of the most successful film franchises in history – particularly when it comes to selecting Captain Marvel’s appearance from the wide range depicted in the copious source material.
“I feel like this is a big conversation and every day I have people yelling at me on Twitter saying ‘You better have long hair, you better have the mohawk, you better wear the helmet, or you better not wear the helmet. I’m like ‘Somebody’s going to be mad.’”
Part of the pressure inevitably comes from the fact that Captain Marvel will be the first female-led film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, coming after 11 years of male-led Marvel movies. It’s also almost certainly a pressure that will impact the writing of the screenplay – which Nicole Perlman (Guardians Of The Galaxy) is currently undertaking. The film does not yet have a director attached, however, but we hope to hear that announcement soon if the scheduled release date of March 8th, 2019 is going to be achieved.