We are mere 9 days away from the release of Marvel Studios first female-fronted solo superhero film, and the Captain Marvel hype is real. The person feeling it the most right now is arguably the Oscar-winning star of the film, Brie Larson.
It seems like the experience of becoming the newest hero for Marvel Studios is a process, and one that co-star Samuel L. Jackson is happy to help her navigate. In the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the pair spoke a bit about their individual and joint experiences within the MCU.
EW: You've talked before about how the size and scale of Captain Marvel hasn't felt real to you yet. Has that started to change at all?
LARSON: You have brief moments. Like when we did an event in Singapore, I felt a little bit of something. But I feel grateful that I get to be the conduit for a certain symbol. I don't recognize it as being me. I don't think that when people are excited or emotional about this character or this movie, that has anything to do with me.
JACKSON: But you know, you're gonna have squeal moments now. Wherever you go, it's gonna be, "Ah! Captain Marvel, ah!"
LARSON: But it's important to me to be like, "I'm not Captain Marvel. I'm not."
JACKSON: I know. But don't worry about it. As long as you have hold of that, it's fine. It's you being who you are and understanding that it's one of the myriad of characters that you played or are going to play in your lifetime, and you're grateful.
LARSON: I do. I feel more grateful than I thought I would feel at this. I thought I would be more shaken by this process. Instead, I just feel more curious, and it's just like a weird dream that we're in right now. I'm more interested in it than I thought my introverted self could handle.
And, perhaps our favorite reveal thus far of the companionship between Larson and Jackson- she got to hold his Mace Window purple lightsaber!
LARSON: I got to hold his lightsaber! He brought it to me on set on May the 4th, and I cried. It was so cool. I wanna be a Jedi.
We would've too, Brie, we would've too.
The first "public" screening of Captain Marvel happened in Los Angeles and so far, the reactions are overwhelmingly positive. Everyone loves Goose the cat, everyone loves Ben Mendelsohn, and everyone LOVES Brie Larson as the good Captain. (You can read about the first reactions here.)
Anna Boden (first female director for Marvel Studios, only took 21 films) and Ryan Fleck are directing from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
Captain Marvel stars Oscar winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce (who may or may not have two names), Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace returning as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Skull Commander Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto, McKenna Grace, and Annette Bening in as-yet-undisclosed roles.
Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters on March 8th 2019 (International Women's Day), and tickets are on sale now.