Captain Marvel might be Marvel Studio’s very first female-led comic book movie, but it looks like Carol Danvers star Brie Larson doesn’t have any plans to push any barrier-breaking sentiments when introducing her character to fans next year.
Speaking with news outlets like i09 Gizmodo on the set of Captain Marvel, Larson admitted that while Black Panther made waves and broke ground for the comic book genre, she doesn’t want her film to be that big of a deal. Chadwick Boseman’s very first standalone movie as T’Challa might have been celebrated for making a significant moment in history proving the demand for representation and diversity in Hollywood blockbuster movies, but it seems like Larson wants none of that for her debut into the MCU.
“I don't know how it's any different. To be honest, I don't want it to feel different,” Lason explained. “I’m kind of over the ‘First female blah blah blah,’ and ‘Wow, maybe women can actually do the same things that dudes can do – what a crazy concept!’ I feel like the more we talk about it, the more we perpetuate the myth that it's an impossible task. No, if it wasn't like that before, it's because it was wrong. That was just wrong. Now we're just doing what's natural.”
It’s an interesting proposition. While Marvel’s first female-led standalone movie ought to be celebrated, Larson does have a point. Women have always been able to do the same things as men, and treating Captain Marvel like any other comic book movie reinforces the idea that women have had that power all along. It’s a different sort of female empowerment if you think of it that way.
What do you think of Larson’s comments about Captain Marvel? Do you think the film is breaking ground for the MCU? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Captain Marvel premieres July 5, 2019.