Why Captain Marvel's Brie Larson Doesn't Feel Pressure Opening A Female-Led Superhero Movie

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Brie Larson has been announced as the actress leading Marvel's Captain Marvel to the box office, however, she hasn't been allowed to reveal too much about the upcoming role. Still, she can answer questions related to her own feelings on the project, and when a reporter recently asked her whether she felt any pressure starring in a female-driven superhero movie, she had a very succinct answer. She said no, explaining exactly why she doesn't feel any pressure as a woman to lead the upcoming film.

Why is there pressure? I don't understand why there's pressure put on women as if it's the most shocking concept ever that a woman can open a movie -- it's like, it's kind of a tired concept. We've proven it for a long time, so I don't put pressure on in that way at all.

Captain Marvel won't be the first superheroine movie to hit the big screen, as Wonder Woman made a big splash when it hit theaters this summer, and has pulled in a significant amount at the box office in the weeks subsequent to its release. It also certainly won't be the first female-fronted movie ever to hit the big screen. As such, Brie Larson told Entertainment Tonight that she doesn't feel any pressure to bring Captain Marvel to the big screen. It's just like any other movie, and it's success will depend more on the script and the directing--and to some extent Brie Larson's acting--than it will on whether or not it was led by a female.

Still, if there is any pressure attached to being a part of Captain Marvel, it has less to do with a leading lady and more to do with the fact that Brie Larson is being tasked with recreating a famous and well-liked comic book character for the big screen. If there's something in her portrayal the fans don't like, they are sure to be vocal about it, and Larson well knows it.

I mean, I feel pressure in that it's a character that people love and are inspired by and I see that, and so I want to do right by that. And I want people to feel like their character is honored.

Captain Marvel isn't set to come out until 2019, and as such is still in the early stages of development. Marvel did recently reveal that the movie will be a time period movie, which is the same strategy that Wonder Woman took. Captain Marvel, however, will be set in the 1990s, will feature Nick Fury and will also feature the Skrulls, which could lead to other interesting plot points down the line. To look into what else we know about the upcoming movie, take a look at our full guide. In addition, here's why making the Captain Marvel-based movie a period drama could work great.

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