Kevin Feige gives more info on the Captain Marvel film starring Brie Larson
Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios (though I'm pretty certain most people reading this already knew that, but you never know) talked to Variety recently about the future of Marvel studios. This included more info about their upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL film. Here's what he had to say about the casting of Brie Larson in the lead role:
If you had the collector cards of the Marvel characters and you could see the power levels, she would be off the charts compared to anyone that we’ve previously introduced in a film...With Captain Marvel, who has powers that approach a level that we haven’t seen before in our films, you need to counter- balance that by finding somebody who is also very human and very relatable and can get into a groove with the audience, where they’re willing to see her fly through the sun and punch a moon away from a spacecraft. At the same time, we need her to land and have relatable flaws. Brie is a person you’re going to want to go on this journey with, just like Benedict or Robert or Chris Pratt.
He also commented on finding the right director for the project, as "having a female director at the helm to tell the story of a woman who is also our most powerful hero by far is very important to [Marvel]."
I agree that it definitely helps to have a female director tackle female characters, as there is an experiential component that, while a male director could successfully adapt a female's perspective, he will always inevitably be at a disadvantage regardless. The names currently being brandied about are Niki Caro (WHALE RIDER), Lesli Linka Glatter (THE WALKING DEAD), and Lorene Scafaria (SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD). All great choices, as far as I'm concerned.
Now I'm really looking forward to this film. It's great to see powerful female characters take the spotlight, like Rey in STAR WARS and the upcoming WONDER WOMAN from DC and Warner Bros. And while I can't wait to see WONDER WOMAN (that last trailer was pretty bomb), I am still ambivalent about the DCEU (MAN OF STEEL notwithstanding). Meanwhile, Marvel, who don't always - and even rarely - make great films, at least produce film that are serviceable and fun (minus an IRON MAN 2 or so). So here's hoping that even if WB somehow whiffs WONDER WOMAN, that CAPTAIN MARVEL will be able to pick up the slack to inspire young girls (and boys).
In any case, CAPTAIN MARVEL will be flying into theaters March 8th, 2019.
|Extra Tidbit:||Captain Marvel used to go by the less distinguished name "Ms. Marvel".|