Brie Larson has been doing press at the Toronto International Film Festival for her upcoming film, Free Fire. During an interview with Space Channel, Larson shared what excites her the most about starring in Captain Marvel.
The thing that’s been the most exciting now is, like on social media, I get sent a lot of pictures of young girls in the Captain Marvel costume and I’m excited to see more of that. She’s such a great symbol for young girls and I’m realizing what deficit we have, that we don’t have more of those.
I think it’s really cool to see a girl in a Batman costume or a Spider-Man costume, but I’m really excited that there’s a symbol of women. I think that that’s really important.
Larson isn’t wrong in that there is and has been a deficit of female heroes within the superhero genre. Marvel Studios has some great female heroes in Black Widow, Gamora, Scarlet Witch, the Wasp (soon), and Lady Sif while Marvel Television offers several more, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe has not yet had a feature film led by a female character.
That’s changing, though, with Evangeline Lilly sharing top billing with Paul Rudd in Ant-Man and the Wasp in July 2018 and Larson headlining Captain Marvel on her own in March 2019. The greater point here is that young fans of any gender will have more choices as they look up to and potentially identify with Marvel heroes.
Captain Marvel and DC’s Wonder Woman are both very important films that can go a long way in correcting the flawed logic that female superhero films are not viable simply because a couple of really bad movies bombed at the box office a little over a decade ago.
Captain Marvel arrives in theaters March 8, 2019.