Samuel L. Jackson Says Carol Danvers was "Pretty Badass" Before Becoming Captain Marvel

Having starred across some of the biggest film franchises in the world, Samuel L. Jackson is no stranger to badass characters. It fills us with delight that Jackson calls Brie Larson's Captain Marvel character Captain Carol Danvers a badass before she even gets her Kree powers.

Samuel L. Jackson
Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jackson and Larson got candid about how Carol's discovery of her pre-Starforce past defines her, rather than her all-encompassing Kree powers:

JACKSON: It's kinda crazy, too, that being Captain Marvel doesn't necessarily define you. When you do make the discovery of who Carol Danvers was and what was going on, she had a life [before getting her powers], and she's pretty badass already. So that whole thing about, you know, "You are what we made you." It's like, "That's some bulls—." Like, "I was a badass way before we got there."

LARSON: But that's a huge part of why I felt comfortable doing this, because originally I was like, "I'm not interested in an idealized version of perfection." I'm not interested in portraying perfect, strong women that never make the wrong choice because I consider myself a risk-taker, and I make a lot of mistakes because of that. That's how it works. Big swings sometimes mean a big failure.

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 FlahiveCarly MenschMeg LeFauveNicole 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 SotoMcKenna 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.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

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