It doesn’t take much for people on the internet to hate someone or something. Ever since Captain Marvel star Brie Larson said she was pushing for representation through her career, the internet has tried to boycott her films and review-bomb her movies. In what seems to be another opportunity to criticize Larson, one internet scooper is claiming that Brie Larson might be out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain Marvel.
This rumor is from the clearly-overcompensating Doomcock on the Overlord DVD YouTube channel, where he says that Disney is questioning the casting of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. The video offers extremely vague criticisms, such as rumors that Larson didn’t get along with the cast, that Larson’s YouTube page doesn’t get as much attention as Disney would like, and Kevin Feige recently said that Scarlet Witch is now the strongest character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Feige had previously said Captain Marvel the strongest.
Amongst Doomcock’s paper-thin rationalizations for why Disney might want to replace Brie Larson as Captain Marvel is “they know people don’t like her,” and that she is “not a popular woman.” Doomcock also states that Larson is a “controversial” actress with “baggage,” however, it seems the only controversies circling Larson are ones made up by the internet over the years.
Yet there’s even more proof that Doomcock’s strange rumor is false, and that he’s simply just anti-Brie Larson with his suggestions of who might replace her as Captain Marvel. Doomcock states that possible replacements include The Mandalorian actresses Katee Sackhoff and Gina Carano. If Disney was in fact looking to replace Brie Larson with someone that isn’t as “controversial,” odds are pretty good they wouldn’t go with Carano, who actually has viable controversies, such as criticizing Black Lives Matter, and wearing a mask on her Twitter, as well as making transphobic comments, and questioning the results of the election. With many calling for Carano’s firing from The Mandalorian over the last few months, it might be a step in the wrong direction to replace Captain Marvel with Carano.
But the assertion that Brie Larson isn’t popular, and that people don’t like her is simply opinion, not fact. Actually, Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel film in 2019 made over $1.1 billion, making it the eleventh highest-grossing superhero film of all-time, and the ninth highest-grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, outgrossing such films as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Thor: Ragnarok.
If anything, this rumor seems like the internet causing controversy where there is none. Frankly, there’s no evidence whatsoever that Brie Larson is out as Captain Marvel. Doomcock’s “evidence” is circumstantial at best, and considering Kevin Feige has said in the past Larson’s Captain Marvel will be the new leader of The Avengers, it seems extremely unlikely Disney would recast her simply because her YouTube stats are lower than they expected. Brie Larson is currently scheduled to reprise the role of Captain Marvel in July 8, 2022 when Captain Marvel 2 is released.