She might be on some people's radar only since her Oscar win for Room, but #BrieLarson is a seasoned actress who's finally having her much-deserved moment. Between her role as a photojournalist in Kong: Skull Island and her upcoming turn in the #MCU as the fearless #CaptainMarvel, she's also venturing into blockbuster franchises, while still bringing the same wisdom she's poured into her smaller roles.
For Captain Marvel, she's been hard at work studying the character and how she'd bring her to the big screen. Of course, there's the pressure of fans who've waited years to see Ms. Danvers finally make it into the MCU, but there's also the importance of #Marvel finally making a female-led movie (somehow, Black Widow's still waiting for her turn). Speaking with Collider ahead of Kong's release, Larson shared her approach to making Captain Marvel a powerful female character.
'We're Ready To See A Different Type Of Female Hero'
On her character in Kong, Larson explained she was all about a different mindset compared to the men on the team:
"We're in a different time right now, and I think we're ready to see a different type of female hero. What's interesting about Weaver is that she's strong and she's tough, but she's sensitive. That's her strength. She's using her heart and her humanity to actually save all of them, in the end. It doesn't take all of this running around, brute force, explosions and guns. It just took having the simplest connection. That's what saved their lives. I think that's an incredible message."
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That approach inspired her to not make Captain Marvel just "strong and tough," because that would simply be an imitation of men — and that's not what women are about.
"For me, I believe that just seeing women be strong and tough is not answering the question of what a female hero looks like. Women have their own set of skills that are worth exploring and seeing on screen. I feel like it's too easy to just say, 'We'll just change the name of this male character to a female, but have her do all the same things that a male does.'"
Her point of view makes perfect sense, and those who've been complaining about female remakes of male-led movies will be happy to hear that Larson doesn't believe in just giving women roles previously meant for men.
"I don't believe in that. I think there's something else. I think there's more to women than that. Mason (in Kong: Skull Island) is a great example of that, and Captain Marvel will be another great example of that and of exploring deeper how women lead and how that is different and unique."
Preach, girl, preach.
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