‘Captain Marvel’: Brie Larson Reminisced about Landing the Marvel Movie on Its Second Anniversary

Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel was the final superhero to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe prior to Avengers: Endgame. Despite criticisms for the star from some people, Captain Marvel went on to earn more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office in March 2019. Two years later, Larson finally revealed the true story of the moment she realized she was Captain Marvel.

Brie Larson at a 'Captain Marvel' screening
Brie Larson at a ‘Captain Marvel’ screening | Dia Dipasupil/WireImage

Brie Larson already won an Oscar before playing a Marvel superhero

Stepping into a project to play a beloved comic book superhero is always going to upset some fans. Just ask literally any actor who’s played Batman since Adam West. So perhaps Larson expected some level of hate when she accepted Captain Marvel. Of course, Marvel Studios made a smart casting choice from their perspective with Larson, despite what some say.

Not only did Larson deliver a powerful, Oscar-winning performance in Room. She also had proved herself in indie darlings (Short Term 12), geek favorites (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and mainstream Hollywood fare (21 Jump Street). Besides, Larson’s outspoken activism only made her a better fit to play Carol Danvers, a character the film solidified as a feminist icon.

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Brie Larson shared the story behind joining the ‘Captain Marvel’ cast

After Larson launched her YouTube channel in 2020, she’s used the platform to speak directly to fans. And on occasion, the actor has also looked back at her Captain Marvel experience thus far. Larson posted a new Captain Marvel-themed Q&A video to mark the film’s second anniversary. On her YouTube channel, she revealed how she felt the moment she took the role.

“I remember there was a phone call with my agent and manager, sitting in my house staring at my I think it was a $10 bookshelf I got from Goodwill. I remember talking through everything with them, and I just couldn’t find a reason to not do it. I just seemed like I was destined to do it. So I just remember holding the phone, staring at the bookshelf going ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m going to do this.’”

Larson goes on to elaborate on her struggle with not being able to tell anyone. After all, Marvel Studios is known for taking its sweet time to make official announcements. And the actor used her story about taking on such an intimidating task to lift up viewers and fans who, like her, contend with anxiety or other introverted tendencies.

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Carol Danvers will return when ‘Captain Marvel 2’ releases in 2022

Of course, Larson’s time with the MCU is far from over. Having only appeared in Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame so far, the character will make a much-anticipated comeback in her 2022 sequel. Marvel fans can expect WandaVision star Teyonah Parris to have a pivotal role.

For the most part, details are slim about Captain Marvel 2. Director Nia DaCosta steps behind the camera this time around. And Larson revealed how she’s getting her mind and body ready for the intensive experience of slipping on her superhero suit all over again.

Captain Marvel 2 hits theaters on Nov. 11, 2022.