Brie Larson And Marvel Didn't Want Captain Marvel To Wear The Bathing Suit Costume

Comic book fans can be mighty particular about costumes being comic-accurate. Captain Marvel will be showcasing some familiar looks for Brie Larson's character, Carol Danvers, just not the one-piece from Ms. Marvel's early years. Here's Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige with more on that:

If you look at the comics, the further you go back, the less clothes Carol Danvers seems to be wearing. Oftentimes it's a one-piece bathing suit basically, with outrageous comic proportions. … Brie pointed it out on the wall, and we went, 'Yeah … just so you know, that's not what we're doing.' She goes, 'OK. I didn't think so, but I'm glad you said that.'

Yeah, this is probably the look he's talking about in that Hollywood Reporter interview:

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That's not quite the direction they're taking the MCU's Captain Marvel movie. That comic book version of Carol Danvers looks more like a WWE wrestler. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not the direction this movie is taking.

Carol Danvers was first introduced in the comics in 1968 as a colleague of the Kree superhero Mar-Vell. In the 1970s, she became the first character to take up the mantle of Ms. Marvel.

Just the use of "Ms." made Carol Danvers stand out as a symbol of feminism at the time, rather than using Mrs. or Miss.

Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel movie is taking inspiration from the comics written by Kelly Sue DeConnick in 2012, with artwork by Dexter Soy. In that series, DeConnick's idea for Captain Marvel was basically "Carol Danvers as Chuck Yeager," referencing the iconic test pilot.

Brie Larson took her Captain Marvel training very seriously, and she built up some muscles under her superhero costume. But, thankfully, she didn't have to show off those muscles in a one-piece. Her status as an Air Force pilot has definitely been featured in the trailers, and the movie even renamed her comic book cat "Goose" in honor of Top Gun. (The cat's name is Chewie in the comics, as a nod to Star Wars' Chewbacca. No idea why they couldn't have just kept that the case on screen.)

Even without baring skin, superhero costumes are notoriously uncomfortable for both men and women. Black Widow Scarlett Johansson, Catwoman Michelle Pfeiffer, Psylocke Olivia Munn, and Green Arrow/The Flash Stephen Amell have all spoken up about the difficulty of fitting into their suits. In a way, that's one good thing about modern superheroes -- it's pretty much equal opportunity when it comes to form-fitting costumes showing everything.

Captain Marvel will apparently be showcasing multiple looks for Carol Danvers, and also giving us the backstory of Nick Fury's later one-eyed look. The '90s-set film will introduce the heroine before bringing her into the Avengers fold for Endgame.

Captain Marvel opens in theaters March 8, followed by Avengers: Endgame on April 26. Keep up with all things MCU in our handy guide, and bookmark our 2019 movie schedule for all the key dates.

Gina Carbone

Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.