Just when we thought that Marvel Studios wasn’t going to give us anything new in the ways of casting announcements (aside from the confirmation of the long presumed Black Panther supporting cast, of course), they brought her out! Brie Larson, Academy Award-winning actress for Room, highly-acclaimed for her roles in Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now, and will always be remembered for being Scott Pilgrim’s evil ex Envy Adams, was now a Marvel superhero. With the fanfare now having died down, let’s ask Kevin Feige why, after months of speculation, that he and Marvel settled on Larson to fill the boots of Captain Marvel.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Feige said that with all their prior casting announcements, the studio has established a very high standard. “The first casting choice as our own studio was Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. We set a bar that was very very high,” he said. “Every time we bring somebody, whether or not it’s a co-starring role, certainly if it’s a starring role, we need to match that bar if it’s even possible. With Carol Danvers, with our first title female super hero in Captain Marvel we could do no less than that.”
So Larson has the pedigree, the experience, and the chops, but what sealed the deal? “The fact that Brie, even after she won her big Academy Award, was interested in coming in and talking to us about the character, really fell in love with this character, really fell in love with the notion of being a symbol that can inspire everyone,” Feige added. “We were very lucky. We were very lucky that she agreed to come on board and agreed to come out tonight at the end of the panel.”
Captain Marvel will be in theaters everywhere on July 6, 2018, but expect to see Larson in her Marvel uniform to appear in some capacity in an upcoming Marvel film.
Source: Geek Tyrant