Captain Marvel Star Brie Larson Explains Why She Took the Marvel Role In the First Place

By Richard Nebens Updated:
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Marvel Studios is known, amongst many things, for boasting the talents of Hollywood's best and brightest stars to take on roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This has been the case ever since the beginning when Robert Downey, Jr. signed on to play Iron Man, and the team behind the mega-franchise has kept that trend up at every turn.

Phase 4 is in its earliest stages, but Marvel already has the groundwork laid out for fresh big names to join into the madness following the Infinity Saga. This group includes the likes of Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder, Star Wars alum Oscar Isaac in Moon Knight, and up-and-comer Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop in Hawkeye.

The penultimate solo film of Phase 3 brought another first-timer into the fray with Academy Award-winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel. In a new video, she revealed more information on what drew her into this expansive franchise.


In a recent interview on her YouTube channel with WWE personality Tegan Nox, MCU star Brie Larson revealed some of what led her to take the role of Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel. Larson expressed her desire to "create a symbol" for other people to take joy and power in as she embodied the superhero role:

"The thing that has just broken my heart open the most has been how many different kinds of people respond to Carol. That, it’s kind of exactly like seeing you (Tegan Nox) wrestle with the star, with why I chose to do the movie, so I was like ‘I want to work really hard to create a symbol that other people can take and wear and feel power in,' that was it. It wasn’t about me, it was about her and that star and what this means."

Larson's full interview can be seen below:



Brie Larson was first announced as the lead actress in Captain Marvel at the curtain call of Marvel Studios' San Diego Comic-Con panel in 2016. Her first two appearances as the Kree-human hybrid warrior both came in 2019 with her solo movie and the epic culmination event of Avengers: Endgame, and it seems as though she will stick around in the MCU for a long time to come.

Initially reluctant to take the role due to anxiety issues, Larson appears genuinely moved by how many people have "respond[ed] to Carol" over the last four and a half years. Regarded as one of the most powerful characters in the MCU, Larson immediately began putting the mental and physical work in to make sure Danvers came into the franchise as a force to be reckoned with.

Carol Danvers' MCU future is still somewhat a mystery after the events of Endgame, though Captain Marvel 2 will see her team up with two exciting new members of the MCU in Iman Vellani's Kamala Khan and Teyonah Parris' Monica Rambeau. Parris is in the early stages of WandaVision's release while Vellani is filming the first season of Ms. Marvel, and their appearances alongside Larson's hero will make for a monumental team-up later in Phase 4.

Brie Larson is set to reprise her leading role as Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel 2, which arrives in theaters on November 11, 2022

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- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.