Rumor has it that Brie Larson is upset that she is sharing top billing with her co-stars in The Marvels.
Working with Brie Larson on a Marvel movie might seem like a dream come true, but in reality, it’s the opposite. According to ComicBookMovie.com, the Captain Marvel star has made working on the film’s sequel difficult, to say the least. The latest gossip around the Hollywood watercooler is that The Marvels may have been pushed to November, at least partly due to the actress being a “nightmare” on set.
The Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels, was scheduled to be released on July 28, 2023, but was moved to November 10, 2023, to allow more time for post-production. While post-production is probably part of it, new rumors point to another reason for the delay. Behind-the-scenes drama from lead Brie Larson.
Rumor has it that Brie Larson objects to Captain Marvel’s sequel not being titled Captain Marvel 2 instead of the more inclusive The Marvels. The actress allegedly feels that the franchise was originally sold on her being cast as Captain Marvel before any writers or directors got involved. Larson is apparently not eager to share top billing with her co-stars.
The sequel to the 2019 Brie Larson vehicle is titled The Marvels for a simple reason. It’s about more than one Marvel. Both Iman Vellani‘s Kamala Khan and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau are joining Larson for the new movie.
Kamala Khan is better known by the superhero name Ms. Marvel, a name Rambeau, who usually goes by Pulsar, also used to adventure under. The addition of the other two leads may have left Brie Larson feeling like Marvel no longer trusts her to carry her own movie. Larson is rumored to have clashed with Teyonah Parris while shooting The Marvels, which would make sense if the star was suddenly feeling like she was no longer the star of her own franchise.
Brie Larson has had a rocky relationship with the MCU from the beginning. Mostly due to fan backlash over Captain Marvel being portrayed by a woman. The character was created as a man, but like many comic book characters, has changed and evolved over time. The Captain has a long, complicated history in the comics, at one point even being two people in one body.
Fan backlash is rumored to be part of the reason Brie Larson had such a small role in Avengers: Endgame. That, coupled with all the previous rumors about the actress being difficult to work with, might be part of the reason Disney is adding more main characters to the second Captain Marvel.
It’s possible that Disney is positioning Ms. Marvel and Wandavision‘s Monica Rambeau to take Brie Larson’s place in the MCU in case the actress needs to be let go from the Captain Marvel franchise. Then again, the reason Larson is now sharing the spotlight could be because Kevin Feige thinks the actress has what it takes to elevate her two television actor co-stars to movie star status.
Ultimately, the reason behind the delay doesn’t matter if the movie turns out to be good. The first Captain Marvel made over $1 billion globally. If The Marvels does the same or better, there’s a good chance the MCU won’t be getting rid of Brie Larson anytime soon, drama or no drama.