Brie Larson doesn’t start production on Captain Marvel until next year, but she’s already dreaming of her first superhero battle. The Oscar® winner is currently doing press for The Glass Castle, which opens Friday, and discussed her ideal opponent with USA Today. She has her sights set on the strongest one there is.
“I do kind of have fantasies of battling The Hulk, just because that’s, like, it’s just visually so good.”
Larson is right in that a Captain Marvel and Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) bout would look impressive on the big screen, but it may take some time for Marvel Studios to get around to it. Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s, before Bruce Banner became the Hulk, and when the title character (real name Carol Danvers) catches up with the present day, she’ll have her hands full helping out in the battle against Thanos in Untitled Avengers (directors Joe and Anthony Russo swear she’s not in Avengers: Infinity War).
There’s also the point that putting Hulk in another hero versus hero scrap could feel too repetitive. The Green Goliath battled Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in The Avengers, Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and will have a rematch with The God of Thunder in Thor: Ragnarok this November.
Superhero fight fantasies aside, Larson knows there are far more important things at stake with Captain Marvel. She’s spoken numerous time about how much the franchise already means to her and could mean to fans all over the world. She discussed that even further with USA Today as she explained why she took the role despite the huge spike in attention she’s about to receive, but wasn’t exactly seeking.
“The Captain Marvel thing was something I really spent a lot of time thinking about. Eventually I came to the conclusion that being part of a giant feminist film that can be a symbol for people, that was one I wished I would have had, just outweighs some of the small annoyances (of fame). Like, they’re really small in comparison to the good that it can do.”
There is a lot of fame that comes with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s been pretty positive experience for Larson thus far. She has frequently thanked the fans for the warm reception she’s received since being announced as Carol Danvers at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2016.
Captain Marvel is in theaters March 8, 2019.