Why Brie Larson Says ‘Captain Marvel’ Definitely Isn’t Hers Anymore
From time to time, we’ve explored the idea of how a pop culture media franchise often ends up being “owned” by fans who feel that they’re owed certain plot directions because of their devotion to buying movie tickets. You can sometimes see their side of it when the consumer is the one who spends money on tix and pays for streaming.
When it comes to actors taking “ownership” of a particular character, you see some similarities. Brie Larson is one of the exceptions who spoke up about any sense of ownership over Captain Marvel.
Larson has developed a particular philosophy about the characters she plays in letting them become personal experiences for her audiences. At the same time, Larson says she’s able to empathize with the reality of her characters when acting at the moment.
Brie Larson explained her acting philosophy to Variety recently
When Variety recent said to Larson that Captain Marvel “seems too good for this world” and they asked her if the character is personally important to her. Larson said she does consider the superhero important within reason, yet uses a flow state when acting to tap into the reality of the characters she’s playing.
During times when portraying a character-based in reality, she often empathizes and places into her mind the pain those figures might have felt. It’s definitely not all about merely coming to work and realizing she’s on a film set. Larson uses her imagination to transport herself into the world of the character for a more believable performance.
No wonder her acting approaches are so genuine and won over Oscar voters for Room. Even if she created a divide from Marvel fans with her approach to Captain Marvel, she realized the impact the character was going to make.
To her, Carol Danvers became a metaphorical symbol she knew would have a lasting impact on future generations of young girls.
Brie Larson wants the audience to own the symbol of her characters
Larson continued to tell Variety how she always lets the symbol of her characters go so the audience can essentially take ownership of them. Once seeing the official Captain Marvel action figure this year, she knew how much it would shape the minds of young girls playing with the toy in their rooms.
In other words, she wants the next generation to take hold of Captain Marvel and create their own stories, much like those in fan-fiction do. Yes, this is a very different philosophy from the usual, particularly with actors who feel like they need to wrestle control of iconic characters they’ve played in popular movies.
One recent example of this is the news of Jared Leto expressing dismay for DC making Joker with Joaquin Phoenix when the former wanted to take the glory playing Joker in Suicide Squad. One could argue it sounded like the Joker himself wanting to take command of his own image. Hopefully, Leto will remember these characters are owned by a corporation and also by the people. It leaves open numerous interpretations for Joker, meaning Leto could still play him again to provide a different angle.
Brie Larson knows her character has haters
Larson knows all too well what fans of Marvel are like after being attacked on social media for making Captain Marvel a woman. In her Variety interview, she claimed she didn’t know about some fans creating YouTube videos wishing Captain Marvel would fail. Yet, on her social media pages, the fans came after her with a vengeance, despite her clearly choosing to ignore it.
Now she knows how others feel when they create something going against what some fans think is canon in a popular franchise. Star Wars fans are a good example of railing against Rian Johnson for taking the story in daringly new directions.
Everyone should realize they don’t completely own a character or a franchise. Respecting creators seems to have gone under to a point where if they don’t do the bidding of the fans, the latter will plot to destroy the thing they love.
At least Larson has turned it back on impressionable fans who can use an influential pop culture character in a healthy way without necessarily controlling what the character does in every movie.