Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson Explains Why She Took Her Superhero Role

Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) wears her suit and stands in front of a blurry background in 'Captain Marvel'

Taking on an iconic superhero role is a huge decision for any actor. For Brie Larson, who plays Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the MCU, signing on to the franchise meant big changes to her life and career. With her appearances in the cinematic universe so far, she’s helped usher in a new generation of fans for the character -- and it turns out those fans are a big part of why she took the role to begin with, though maybe not for reasons you’d expect.

Brie Larson made her debut as Carol Danvers in 2019’s Captain Marvel. The film was a huge hit, thanks in large part to her compelling portrayal of the former U.S. Air Force pilot. She’s since reprised the role in Avengers: Endgame and is currently gearing up to film the highly anticipated Captain Marvel sequel.

Preparing for such a physically demanding role requires a lot of training -- Brie Larson has documented her efforts on social media to share them with fans. It turns out that one of the things that keeps her motivated is knowing that fans are looking forward to seeing her character on screen. Larson recently said that she has experienced a lot of positive feedback from fans thanks to Captain Marvel, and it’s had a profound effect on her:

The thing that has just broken my heart open the most has been how many different kinds of people respond to Carol. It’s so much more than me, and so much more than my body holds. Different sexual orientations or ways that you identify with gender or race. It goes beyond that. And that’s the thing that’s been exciting for me.

You love to see this kind of love and positivity that can result from a fandom. Brie Larson also said told Tegan Nox of NME the response she’s gotten from her portrayal of Carol was what she was hoping for when she signed on for the movie:

That, it’s kind of exactly like seeing you wrestle with the star, with why I chose to do the movie, so I was like ‘I want to work really hard to create a symbol that other people can take and wear and feel power in,' that was it. It wasn’t about me, it was about her and that star and what this means.

That humble perspective is admirable, but it’s not surprising. Brie Larson has enthusiastically embraced her fans on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. She’s made it very clear that she cherishes Carol and Captain Marvel, too -- and she hasn’t been afraid to take on people on the internet who’ve responded to her and the character with hateful remarks.

Fans who’ve found strength or comfort from Captain Marvel can anticipate more updates from Brie Larson as production on the sequel gets underway. Captain Marvel 2 is currently scheduled to hit theaters on November 11, 2022. You can also revisit the original film by streaming it on Disney+.

Katherine Webb