While Marvel Studios has a massive year of content planned for 2022, 2023 isn't slouching either, even with the schedule not being as full at the moment. That year will kick off in February with Brie Larson's The Marvels, one of the MCU's most highly-anticipated sequels of Phase 4. After all, seeing Larson team up with Iman Vellani's Ms. Marvel and Teyonah Parris' Monica Rambeau doesn't make the film any less exciting.
With The Marvels being just over a year away from its release, plot and story details are being kept under wraps, especially with Monica Rambeau only having seen action in Phase 4 through WandaVision. Even so, it's an absolute certainty that Marvel will deliver another round of thrilling action and drama from one of the MCU's strongest solo heroes in the game.
Since Larson was first announced to play Carol Danvers at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, she's never cut corners in making sure she embodies the heroine's physically tough nature.
After Carol realized her true power at the end of 2019's Captain Marvel, the actress behind her now has the chance to bring a new intensity to the role. Recently, Larson discussed that physicality and how she's adjusted her training routine to portray that on screen the right way.
Brie Larson on The Marvels Training Regime
Speaking with Insider, The Marvels star Brie Larson went into depth about her training routine to get into superhero shape for her second MCU solo movie.
While she didn't divulge exactly how much time she spent training, she admitted that it's become a "huge part" of her daily routine and that she doesn't break from training these days. For The Marvels specifically, Larson hinted that "different goals" helped to "definitely (push her) further" in her physical fitness.
This time around, Larson was more focused on "new challenges" rather than breaking any specific weight records numbers-wise:
"I wasn't gonna try to break my deadlifting record or hip thrust record. To me, it felt like I had done that. I wanted to focus on new challenges."
Larson also looked to how her own skills and strength have developed side-by-side with Carol's on-screen. She teased how her character has "more mastery over her powers" this time around, meaning that the actress now has to be "more limber" and "more ready" for the action required to be captured on camera:
"In the first film she's developing that strength, and so I was developing my own personal strength with this one. She's already got more mastery over her powers. She can fly now. And so having my body more limber, more ready for these types of movements like wirework, which I didn't have to do as much on the first one, was the main goal."
As for Larson's internal motivations, she shared that she got "kind of obsessed" with staying in shape and being able to be as physical as she is. She pays close attention to people who may express sentiments like "girls can't do that," and it only motivates her to train harder and get more used to training so diligently:
"I just started to get kind of obsessed with it. When people say like, 'Oh, girls can't do that,' it just makes me wanna do it even more. So there were huge accomplishments this time and I just feel like my body's just getting more and more used to this and more and more excited. Now, it feels weird to not train. I look forward to it."
A Stronger Captain Marvel for Round 2?
Even for the strength that Brie Larson brought to the role in her first solo movie from 2019, it's clear that the version coming in The Marvels will take things to a new level.
In the story itself, Carol Danvers freed herself of the inhibitor chip holding back her Tesseract-given powers in the third act of Captain Marvel. She used that power in two fights against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, nearly taking the Mad Titan out herself, as was mentioned in detail during 2021's WandaVision.
How that extra strength shows itself in The Marvels is a mystery, but it's clear that Larson is making sure that she's giving every bit of effort possible to show how powerful Captain Marvel really is. Add that to her motivation in the real world to show how strong women can truly be, and it should make for something special coming in her next confirmed MCU adventure.
The Marvels is preparing to release in theaters on February 17, 2023.