The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a wonderful place to be and attracts many actors. The size of the MCU and the pressures that come with being part of something with such intense online fandom, however, can be a bit daunting. A little hesitation is normal, especially for an actress like Brie Larson, who had plenty of options fresh off of her Oscar® for Room and did not need the starring role in Captain Marvel.

As Larson explains in a new interview with Vanity Fair, she did not take the decision to star in Marvel Studios’ first female-led solo franchise lightly.

“It took me a really long time. I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it. Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women—I’ll do it.”

Since accepting the role of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, Larson has enjoyed working with Marvel and finding common ground with her character.

“They’ve been very open to hearing my thoughts and my take on it, which has been great. I think that’s why they cast me: I have a lot of similarities to this character and they want me to bring that into the movie.”

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explains why it is so important to the studio to have Larson in the title role.

“Captain Marvel has powers that far surpass many of her heroic counterparts, and in order to bring this superhero to life and make her relatable and disarming we needed an actress with both range and humanity. So, like the best of our leading characters who have brought the Marvel Universe to life, Brie possesses the depth and energy that can fuse firepower, guts, and a great story.”

Brie Larson was (and is) my favorite choice for the role of Carol Danvers and I was thrilled to see her walk out on that Hall H stage when her casting was officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con last year. She will soon be as big of a presence in the MCU as Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America. Of that, I have no doubt.

Captain Marvel, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleckwill be in theaters March 8, 2019.