As Brie Larson has become a major name in the entertainment industry over the years, she’s also pushed for gender and racial equality in her projects. Larson was one of several actors, including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Michael B. Jordan, to include an inclusion rider into their contract, which would push for more diversity in productions and casting. If a new rumor is to be believed, Larson might make Captain Marvel 2 the most female-centric film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it is rumored all the leads in Captain Marvel 2 could be female.
This rumor comes from gossip writer Daniel Richtman’s Patreon page, which doesn’t state who his sources for this rumor are, or where he heard this from. But considering that DC has already made a film with a primarily female cast, and with a female writer and director, with last year’s Birds of Prey, it makes sense that Marvel would want to catch up in trying to diversify their roster. However, there’s certainly no evidence that Brie Larson is asking to “ban men” from Captain Marvel 2.
At this point, there are only three characters known to appear in Captain Marvel 2, all of which are, in fact, female. Of course, Brie Larson will be returning as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, and WandaVision’s Teyonah Parris will return as Monica Rambeau. It was also previously announced that Iman Vellani will be playing Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvelin Captain Marvel 2.
Probably the biggest question if the film does primarily have a male cast is if we will some of the Captain Marvel cast return for this sequel. Does this mean we won’t see Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, or Jude Law returning to this franchise? None are particularly essential to Carol Danvers’ story in the modern-day, but it was fun to see Brie Larson alongside Jackson and Law in the first film.
Yet while DC has had more female-focused films like Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, and Wonder Woman 1984, with female leads, writers, and directors, Marvel has been severely lacking up to this point. In the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only Captain Marvel has focused on a female lead. As for writers, Nicole Perlman’s co-writing credit for Guardians of the Galaxy, and Captain Marvel’s Anna Boden and Geneva Robertson-Dworet are the only credited female writers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Anna Boden co-directing of Captain Marvel marks the only female director so far. Thankfully, Brie Larson is trying to help change that.
Phase Four looks to be trying to add more diversity, both in race and gender. Cate Shortland will be the first sole female director within the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Black Widow, while Chloé Zhao has also directed Eternals. There are also currently three projects in this next phase with female writers involved. Brie Larson helped maintain that Captain Marvel 2 would be diverse, reportedly pitching Nia DaCosta – director of the upcoming Candyman reboot – to become the Captain Marvel 2 director, while WandaVision writer Megan McDonnell looks to be the first sole female writer for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
Considering that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is primarily made by white males in front of and behind the screen, it’s great that Brie Larson is pushing for diversity in her own films. With more female directors and writers coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and more projects centering on female heroes, hopefully, this more inclusive Phase Four will be a sign of the future.