Brie Larson Talks ‘Captain Marvel’, Oscars, and the Impact of Watching ‘Wonder Woman’

Captain Marvel arrives in theaters this weekend and marks the first female-led superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star Brie Larson, who plays the title superheroine aka Carol Danvers spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming film.

On the Expectations of the Film

There’s this sense of setting this thing up. I know it’s exciting and fun to be like, “Will it sink or will it float?” “What’s going to happen?” “Can women exist in the world?” “We’re not sure yet!” But women have been opening movies since the silent era. We have been a part of every major art movement. People just push us away once the movement gains momentum and act like we were never really there.

Her Initial Reaction to Being Offered the Role

I was hesitant to even meet. I was like, “I don’t think what comes with a movie like that is anything that I can harness and hold. I’m too much of an introvert. I’ll just collapse.” But then they started talking to me about the film and I was like, “Drat, this is the culmination of a lot of things I’ve wanted.

On the Impact Watching Wonder Woman Had on Her

As a kid, I wanted to be an adventurer. I wanted to be a smart-ass. I wanted to get me hands dirty. But it wasn’t until being in the theater seeing Wonder Woman, I was like, “Why is this making me cry so much?” I realized because I hadn’t had that, and there was a kid in me that was like, “Oh my God. I can do that?”

Reflecting on Winning an Academy Award

I hated being alone in that moment. I was able to feel winning the Oscar more through Emma Stone that I ever was able to feel it for myself. It’s just too overwhelming. But seeing it from your sister, I was able to just celebrate it and feel the love and acceptance of it in a way that I hadn’t been able to before.

You can read the full interview here.

Captain Marvel lands in theaters March 8.

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