Brie Larson Learned She’s ‘Much Stronger’ By Playing Captain Marvel
While not revealing much about her upcoming role as one of the Marvel Universe's most powerful characters, Brie Larson said recently that she learned something about her own strength by playing Captain Marvel.
Kevin Feige introduced Brie Larson as the MCU's Captain Marvel at the culmination of the Marvel Studio's 2016 San Diego Comic Con, Hall H panel. Over the intervening 2 years, fans witnessed the last build up to the cataclysmic events that will finally bring Captain Marvel into the MCU. Since her introduction, bits of information and visuals have trickled out into the world, from studio artwork to Brie Larson studying and training for the role to actual set photos of her in costume. With confirmation of her existence in the cinematic universe by way of Nick Fury's desperately sent message at the end of Avenger's Infinity War, anticipation grows for any new information about the character or the actor portraying her.
Variety caught up with Brie Larson at the Crystal + Lucy Awards, where she revealed how much she's learned about her own inward and outward strength preparing for and playing Captain Marvel. She spent nine months in an intense, physical training program, ultimately reaching new heights. “My highest right now is 215 lbs. in deadlifts. 400 lb. hip thrusts,” adding, “...being able to lift weight like that really changed my perspective and understanding of myself.” When it came to the entirety of the project (which began in 2013, well before her own involvement) and actual production she went on to share, “Going through a movie that requires so much and takes this long, I’m realizing I’m way stronger than I knew.”
Speaking to the breadth of the role she's taken on and what impact she may have on the issues of inclusion, and women and power in Hollywood, she related, “All of this, boils down to more women with keys to power. I want to be able to share it with others and make sure that as we move forward, there is inclusivity at the top.” Speaking personally to how she feels about the potential pressure that accompanies a role like this, she said she doesn't, “...make stuff with an expectation. I’ve learned a lot about myself and I feel super inspired by her [Captain Marvel]. It’s only my hope that it’ll be that for others.”
A character like Captain Marvel inherently brings with it a certain weight, especially set against the surging movement of female empowerment and social changes taking place in Hollywood. Most certainly Brie Larson, as with Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman, will be a powerful figure, embodying that empowerment for a generation of young women. And that is something many are eagerly anticipating. Captain Marvel is set to arrive in theaters next March, and is expected to save the universe from Thanos - along with what remains of Earth's mightiest heroes - when she bursts onto screens in the still-untitled Avengers 4 next May.
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