After her flip as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, each in her titular standalone introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and later in Avengers: Endgame, it is laborious to think about anybody however Brie Larson in that signature position. However as she revealed in a brand new video on her lately began YouTube channel, she’d initially turned down the position just a few instances.
“I bear in mind getting a name after I was taking pictures [Kong: Skull Island] … they usually stated Marvel is keen on you taking part in Captain Marvel,” remembers Larson within the video (under). “I used to be like, ‘I am unable to do this. I’ve an excessive amount of nervousness. That is an excessive amount of for me. I do not suppose I can deal with that.'”
She then advised her staff to show the position down, however just a few months later Marvel got here knocking once more. “They had been like, ‘Hey, they known as once more. Are you positive?’ [and] I used to be like, ‘Yeah. I am an excessive amount of of an introvert. That is means too large of a factor for me.’ It was past my comprehension.”
Lastly, Marvel got here again a third time, as a result of, as Larson explains, her staff hadn’t actually turned them down. “Each time I used to be telling them no, and I assumed my staff was telling them no, they weren’t. As a result of I feel they had been like, ‘She can be nice as this.'”
The actress goes on to say that a part of her preliminary hesitancy additionally needed to do along with her incapability to multitask throughout a undertaking. “If I am on a job and I am taking part in a personality, I am unable to self-tape. I am unable to do anything. I can solely do one job at a time. I am embodying this character, [so] I am unable to consider anything.”
When Kong finally did wrap filming, Larson was capable of take a gathering with Marvel, which included a pitch and a mock-up of her character’s costume.
“I used to be very moved by what they had been attempting to realize, [and] what they had been speaking about. It felt very progressive,” Larson states, pondering again to that early stage within the casting course of. “I used to be very stunned by that, by the way in which they had been speaking about feminism [and] the way in which they had been dealing with it. There have been all feminine writers, [a] feminine director, [and it was] going to have as many feminine voices on this as attainable.”
Larson started to contemplate the position, asking to fulfill with the writers so she may see what they had been doing and whether or not the story made sense. “That is a complete stage of fame I by no means anticipated to take part in,” says Larson of the pitfalls of taking up such a job. “The one means this works is that if I consider within the story and what the messaging is.”
As historical past reveals, it was one thing Larson in the end turned utterly on board with, because it left her excited to step into Danvers’ flight swimsuit and grow to be the primary feminine Marvel hero to headline her personal movie. And similar to her character, accepting the position — and every part that got here with it — was a pivotal second for the actress.
“It was a large step for me in embodying myself, in believing that I may do one thing so large, in my confidence as a frontrunner and the idea in storytelling,” she provides.
In fact, as Larson additionally notes within the video, Captain Marvel wasn’t the primary time she’d gone in for an element within the MCU — although it was actually the most important position she’d approached. She’d additionally auditioned for each Iron Man 2 and Thor, although she did not actually state which characters she may need performed in both movie. Different tasks she tried out for however did not get embody Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Jennifer’s Physique, and even The Massive Bang Principle.
She additionally seemed again on one other iconic position she did get throughout her Oscar-winning profession: Envy Adams in Edgar Wright‘s movie adaptation of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Not solely has the movie gone on to grow to be a cult traditional that celebrated its 10th anniversary this 12 months, however her cowl of Metric’s “Black Sheep” has grow to be a fan favourite, with the much-requested monitor even that includes on the upcoming vinyl soundtrack of the film.
Larson is about to return as Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel 2, which will likely be directed by Nia DaCosta (Candyman), and written by Megan McDonnell (WandaVision). There is no information on when filming on the undertaking is anticipated to start, however the film is scheduled to fly into theaters July 8, 2022.