It’s long been assumed that Avengers: Endgame will see a passing of the torch between two generations of heroes, as various Phase 1 stars retire from the saga while relative newcomers take their place at the forefront of the franchise. And among the biggest names of the MCU moving forward will no doubt be its latest arrival, Captain Marvel.
In the new book Captain Marvel: The Official Movie Special, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige reflects on his earliest experiences with Brie Larson, before confirming that Carol Danvers will be the new face of the franchise.
“When we found out that Brie Larson might be interested in joining our world, we had a number of meetings. She was a huge fan of the character in the comics. One of the highlights of my career at Marvel was introducing her at Comic-Con and having her come out on stage and stand there with literally almost everybody else from our movies. There she was at the forefront, and it was a great foreshadowing – not just for how audiences are going to embrace Brie as this character, but also for how Captain Marvel is about to take the lead and be at the forefront of the entire Cinematic Universe.”
In the same book, Feige also describes Captain Marvel as “the most powerful character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” But while incredible abilities are all well and good, the producer stresses that what really makes Carol a compelling figure is her human side.
“The great thing about Captain Marvel is she is a human. She’s a real person, Carol Danvers, who gets these incredible powers and who has these amazing adventures in outer space. But as with all of the best Marvel characters, she needs to be very human. So this is not just about somebody who is incredibly powerful and can fly around and shoot photon blasts out of her hands; it’s somebody who’s very human, who’s very vulnerable, and who has multiple dimensions.”
While Captain Marvel is only just moving into its second weekend in theaters, we’re currently a mere six weeks away from seeing the heroine in her second movie. Just yesterday, Carol made her first appearance in the film’s promotional footage with the new trailer, and while her screen time amounted to mere seconds, fans are already loving the chemistry between her and Thor.
Beyond the Avengers: Infinity War sequel, Marvel Studios is keeping vague on their plans for Larson’s character, though Feige hinted recently that Captain Marvel 2 may be another period film that picks up where the first film left off. There’ll be plenty of time for further details once the studio finishes its 2019 slate, but first, Carol will be joining her fellow superheroes in Avengers: Endgame, which is set for release on April 26th.