Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)

You hear it all the time if you’re a superhero fan. It’s the flaws that make Marvel characters great. As clichéd as that may sound, moviegoers’ response to the first ten years of Marvel Studios films suggests it’s also true. According to star Brie Larson, Captain Marvel will provide additional evidence through the imperfections of its titular hero.

Carol Danvers (Larson) has Kree and human blood running through her veins and this creates a natural conflict within the character. “You have this Kree part of her that’s unemotional, that is an amazing fighter and competitive,” Larson tells Entertainment Weekly. “Then there’s this human part of her that is flawed but is also the thing that she ends up leading by. It’s the thing that gets her in trouble, but it’s also the thing that makes her great. And those two sides warring against each other is what makes her her.”

The flaws in Danvers include impulsiveness and excessive aggression. She also tells bad jokes, but occasionally sneaks a good one in. Danvers already has her powers and has left Earth behind when we meet her at the start of the film. A Skrull invasion forces her to head home and face her past, which was a big part of what drew Larson to Carol’s story.

“That is something that is really exciting to me about this film: We did not cut corners on that stuff,” she says. “Like, when it’s funny, it is funny, but also when there’s deep emotional things happening, it’s real. So I was able to bring some of those same things that I’ve brought to full dramatic roles into this, which I’m really proud of because I think it will really set this film apart.”

To be fair, Marvel Studios movies have been effectively balancing humor with big emotional stakes for a decade now. It’s not easy to do, as the path to achieving that balance is different for each character, but when Marvel succeeds, and they usually do, it makes audiences love those characters even more. The same result is likely to happen with Captain Marvel.

Larson values her anonymity, which is why she hesitated to take a role that she knew would put her in the mainstream spotlight. In the end, however, Carol Danvers was too good to pass up. “Just seeing a character who says how she feels and says what’s on her mind and doesn’t let people stand in her way is incredibly empowering,” Larson adds.

For more on Brie Larson and Captain Marvel, be sure to read the full interview with additional quotes from her costars and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige at the link below.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly