Brie Larson's role as Captain Marvel did more than introduce her to the Marvel Universe. Brie Larson's Carol Danvers is going to make her debut in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie and later, she will join the rest of the Avengers in the most-awaited Endgame movie.
That sounds like a marvelous setup, but Captain Marvel doesn't really have any moments of cinematic grandeur; of eye-popping, breath-stealing "comics as art" or "superheroes as gods" wow though. Then whatever movie Marvel was presumed to be anxious about goes on to make a whole heck of a lot of money and we move on to the next tweak.
Admittedly, she is not well-served by the silly space-opera screenplay (by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet), which can't decide if Danvers is a haunted sexism survivor or a grinningly detached smart-ss.
At long last, 11 years after the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel is here.
"Jen Bartel, a comic book artist who does work for Marvel, helped design the sneaker and shared the news on her Twitter account yesterday, writing "#JenBartelxAdidas #HigherFurtherFaster #CaptainMarvel".
She added, "I've been very open about the fact I'm an introvert, I have asthma and I was able to push myself further than I thought possible". To Carol, being Captain Marvel is simply good fun and it's clear Larson is having good fun being Carol, which is an infectious dynamic that seeps its way off the screen and into the audience.
In addition to starring in the Marvel film "Captain Marvel", which premieres this Friday, Larson has also signed on to star in and executive produce a drama series that has scored a straight-to-series commitment at Apple.
Cinemas today begin the worldwide screening of Captain Marvel, and early reviews filtering in have hardly been flattering of the latest from the Marvel juggernaut. She's a Kree fighter, still in training with her mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law).
Earthbound flashbacks to Carol at different ages suffering she's-not-good-enough failures and chauvinist-delivered indignities pay off in a "pick yourself up" montage that resembles a sluggish Nike commercial.
Larson is one of many A-listers making their way to Apple in the near future.
Captain Marvel has a playful vibe and yet nails the full-on female-empowerment/empowering action thriller aspect as well.
In 2007, she found her way back into the Avengers fold when she teamed up with Iron Man as part of the Mighty Avengers following the events of the Civil War storyline. Carol's friendships with Fury and Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) are equally important but unique. As much as I loathe to pit two women against each other, the Marvel film didn't give me wish fulfilment chills the way Wonder Woman did. "It all had to do with the stuff that comes with it", she said. How can this movie make a sea change for film culture broadly when it doesn't signal even the tiniest break from the norm of its own house style?
There's also a wonderful cat named Goose that shows up part way through the movie and steals scenes and Fury's heart with its feline wiles.
Larson and Jackson have terrific buddy-movie chemistry, whether they're giving each other grief or covering each other's behinds.
And Brie Larson was certainly feeling strong as she rocked a bold power suit on the way into Good Morning America on Wednesday in NY. Additionally, the Skrulls will appear for the first time in the MCU, as they will lock horns with Carol Danvers.
Captain Marvel is released in United Kingdom cinemas on March 8, 2019.
Larson is a ideal fit as Vers/Carol/Captain Marvel, with both her well-developed dramatic acting chops, and her dry wit; you absolutely believe in both her physical power and her mental state that must traverse some rocky terrain between her known and discovered identities.