Beyond those logistics, however, bringing Captain Marvel to life offers other difficulties, namely humanizing a character known for such immense power and strength. This played heavily into the casting of Larson, according to Feige.
“With Captain Marvel, who has powers that approach a level that we haven’t seen before in our films, you need to counter- balance that by finding somebody who is also very human and very relatable and can get into a groove with the audience, where they’re willing to see her fly through the sun and punch a moon away from a spacecraft. At the same time, we need her to land and have relatable flaws. Brie is a person you’re going to want to go on this journey with, just like Benedict or Robert or Chris Pratt.”
Larson has an inherent relatability about her that will make it easy for fans to accept her role in the larger MCU. Feige’s right in that we haven’t seen a character so powerful yet in the MCU, even with all the strength and superhuman abilities we’ve seen so far. Too often, movies will ignore the human sides of their characters in the hopes that the superheroism will be the selling point. But part of Captain Marvel’s appeal in the comics lies with her alter ego, Carol Danvers.
Larson does indeed bring a vulnerability to the role that matches Marvel’s overall commitment to showcasing all sides of the characters, not just their superhuman sides. Part of what makes Captain America so great is watching Steve Rogers; so too with Iron Man and Hulk. It’s good to see Marvel continuing that commitment as they look to bring their first female superhuman to the big screen, and Larson is a great pick to show the parallel paths of both Carol and Captain Marvel.
It’ll be some time before we finally see either character in action, however. It’s nearly a year and a half until her first appearance in Infinity War, and without a director there’s little we know about what’s in store for the character. We’ll be keeping our eyes out for more news, however, and will update you as it’s available.