It’s tough to overstate the influence that superheroes can have on kids. While comics have evolved to a place where mature themes are regularly explored, pre-teens are more likely to see the simple transformations of the characters from outsider to superhero. Steve Rogers was a scrawny youth who became one of the all-time good guys; Peter Parker was a science nerd who now protects the streets of Manhattan. The things that made these characters stand outside their peers are ultimately what allowed them to become some of the most recognizable heroes of page and screen. There’s real power in being able to tell our kids that what makes them different also makes them special.
Earlier last week it was reported that Captain Marvel is currently courting three possible directors to helm Marvel's first standalone superheroine origin film. Now it appears another potential name has been added to the list: Rebecca Thomas. Jeff Sneider of Mashable broke the news that Thomas was a "mystery contender" today on his Twitter.
Not long ago, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige assured fans that we’d learn who’s directing and starring in Captain Marvel by the end of the summer, or by fall, at the latest. The studio officially confirmed Brie Larson’s casting last month at Comic-Con, when they welcomed the Oscar-winning actress to the MCU in Hall H, but they still hadn’t found a director for her upcoming solo adventure despite various rumors regarding potential candidates. That might change pretty soon, as the Captain Marvel director shortlist offers a few interesting options.
It’s not uncommon for superheroes (even ones in separate comic book universes) to share similar origins and powers — Arrow and Hawkeye, Thanos and Darkseid, Sif and Wonder Woman, Avengers and Justice League, etc. Fans of Captain Marvel can tell you that the Marvel hero shares a few things in common with DC hero Green Lantern, and while the two characters aren’t really all that comparable, the origin story of the former will undergo a little tweaking for her highly-anticipated solo film.
The rumors have been flying for months, but now Captain Marvel herself will take to the skies.
Oscar-winner Brie Larson is the current frontrunner for Captain Marvel, and though we’ve seen plenty of “frontrunners” ultimately passed over for major movie roles, this is one case where it’s difficult not to get your hopes up. And it looks like we’re not the only ones who think Larson would make a great Carol Danvers, as Captain America himself has given his official seal of approval.
Brie Larson is reportedly the frontrunner to play Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, the studio’s first solo female superhero movie — which is kind of a big deal for a lot of fans. The Oscar-winning star of Room is a great choice for the part, but back in 2015, she had no idea who Captain Marvel was. That’s probably changed quite a bit since this interview took place, but it’s still pretty delightful to see her reaction nonetheless.
Variety reports that Marvel has its pick to play Captain Marvel in the MCU standalone movie of the same name, and it is Brie Larson, fresh off an Oscar win for Best Actress in Room. Before that she was outstanding in the little indie Short Term 12, playing a woman who works with at-risk youth. She’ll soon be seen as a member of the ensemble in the big-budget Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island. And perhaps after that she’ll become the first Marvel hero to get her own solo film.
Graphic Novelist Hope Larson, who was recently nominated for an Eisner for her 2012 adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, has made the leap to moving pictures. Her new eight-and-a-half-minute short film Bitter Orange, starring Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World's Brie Larson and The Venture Bros.' James Urbaniak, is now available to watch on Vimeo.