Brie Larson Says Captain Marvel Needs Help

Brie Larson says The Marvels will show that even Carol Danvers needs help sometimes.

By Charlene Badasie | Published

When Disney debuted the first footage of The Marvels at the D23 Expo, Brie Larson talked about how the sequel will be a turning point for Carol Danvers. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress said fans will see a new side of Carol in the upcoming movie. The character will learn to relinquish some of the control, realizing that she makes mistakes and needs help. “It’s the beginning of this new phase for her,” the actress told the publication.

Hopefully, Carol Danvers’ new phase will squash some of the criticisms her character received in Captain Marvel. At the time, reviewers said the character wasn’t a particularly distinctive personality, drawing comparisons with Wonder Woman’s unforced warmth and flashes of delight. But these criticisms may have been slightly unfair since Danvers suffered from amnesia and recurring nightmares throughout most of the film. And it would be difficult for anyone in that situation to be warm and delightful.

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In a previous interview, Good Morning America, Brie Larson explained that The Marvels will take a deeper dive into her character’s complexities which reveal that Carol can be flawed. “The first one was the origin story of who she is. Now, there’s much more to her than that,” the Marvel alum said. “There are parts that are not so great about her, that we can see a hero is not being the person that makes every right decision all the time.”

Brie Larson made her Marvel Cinematic debut as Captain Marvel in 2019. Set in the 1990s, the story followed Carol Danvers who turned into a galactic superhero after the Earth is caught in the center of a conflict between two alien worlds. Apart from her role in Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel has only made a few cameo appearances in the post-credits scenes for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Ms. Marvel. 

But that changes with the highly anticipated Captain Marvel sequel. Directed by Nia DaCosta from a screenplay by Megan McDonnell, The Marvels also stars Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Set for release on July 28, 2023, the Brie Larson vehicle will also be a continuation of the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel.

The story begins after the events of Ms. Marvel, when Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Kamala Khan, and Monica Rambeau begin swapping places with each other every time they use their powers. To fix this very inconvenient problem, the trio team-up to figure out the cause. Despite the criticisms Captain Marvel received, The Marvels footage was met with a largely positive response. Hopefully, that continues when the movie is released.

Meanwhile, Brie Larson will appear in Fast & Furious 10 as Tess. The movie, also known as Fast X, is directed by Louis Leterrier from a script by Justin Lin and Dan Mazeau. While the Marvel alum’s role remains in relation to the story remains unclear, she will appear alongside franchise favorites like Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, and Jordana Brewster. The film is set for release on May 19, 2023, with a sequel following in February 2024.