Marvel's panel at this year's San Diego Comic Con (opens in new tab)wrapped up when studio head Kevin Feige announced the actress (opens in new tab) playing Captain Marvel in the MCU. It wasn't a huge surprise to see Brie Larson walk onto the stage as she was rumored for the part earlier this year (opens in new tab). But with the amount of fancasting and speculation surrounding comic book movies, it's always a 'punch the air moment' when we get that official confirmation.
With Larson now part of the MCU family, the folks at CinemaBlend (opens in new tab)sought out Feige following the panel to ask how she came to be involved. "Listen, we set the bar very high with the first casting decision we ever made with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark," he says. "Since then, every single choice we've made, we have asked, 'Could it meet that bar?' Because that is what people expect of us, and that is what ... it's a very high bar."
"Carol Danvers needs to be as rich and textured and real as the best of our characters. Maybe even more so. And we got very lucky that Brie - who has all of those attributes, and an Academy Award now - was still very interested in signing up and joining us to bring this character to life."
Larson joins the dozen or so other Oscar-winners who've brought prestigious clout to Marvel's movies. But the studio's casting strategy over the years wasn't always about enticing awards winners though.
Early on it reinvigorated certain actors' dwindling careers and made them cool again, a little like Quentin Tarantino does with his casts. Downey Jr. was a gamble at the time, one that's paid off (and paid for a lot of mansions, too.). That's probably why we're seeing a mix of contemporary movie stars mixing with genre faves like Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone. Kinda makes you wonder what throwback stars might appear alongside Larson in Captain Marvel's solo flick...
Captain Marvel is set to fly into theaters on March 8, 2019.
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