“Captain Marvel” Press Conference Gave Us All the Feels
Finally, Marvel has given us the female stand alone superhero film we have all been craving. The press conference was abuzz following the screening of the film. With the cast in attendance and everyone excited to hear from our favorite new superhero, Brie Larson. Larson describes her character, saying “There’s a lot to love about her, which is why I was really excited to do this; in particular, the idea of playing a superhero, or a female superhero in particular because my interest is in female complexity; I was a little worried about playing somebody, a superhero that would be perfect — because I don’t feel like that’s realistic, or something aspirational at all. So getting to play a character where the whole character arc and turn of this is watching her be this major risk taker, which means it’s not always going to work out the best. And those are the moments, the defining moments of her character, where she doesn’t lay down, she gets back up. I mean, that’s everything. That’s for everybody.”
Training to be a superhero is a difficult ask and Brie talks about those challenges in saying “I sobbed in the gym many times. My trainer would be like, ‘oh, she’s crying again’. It’s very emotional when you’re kind of stirring up something very vulnerable and raw inside of you and you’re also learning that it’s just for you; there was nothing for me to prove. I wasn’t proving it to other people at the gym. I certainly wasn’t proving it to my trainer, because he was never going to be fully impressed; it’s his job to not be impressed. It was for myself. And for me, the main reason for doing it was so that in moments like this when we’re talking about Carol’s strength and we’re talking about, you know, what I learned from her, it’s that I’m stronger than I realized. Of course this movie is like assisted with the VFX, because I can’t personally shoot photon blasts. There’s not enough prep in the world for me to do that, yet — but I will figure it out if there’s a way. But I can stand here and say that I am really strong; I was able to dead-lift 225 pounds; I was able to hip thrust 400 pounds. I was able to push my trainer’s 5000-pound Jeep up a hill for 60 seconds. Um, so this concept, when it comes to like gender norms or what the human body is capable of or in particular maybe what a female body is capable of, it’s capable of a lot, you know.” As usual, Brie reminds us that the things we do, need to be for ourselves and for a greater purpose on a level that transcends just doing a film.
Another powerhouse female from the film, Lashana Lynch talks about her journey to being in Captain Marvel recounting that she campaigned to be in the MCU. She says, “I am a Marvel fan. I’ve grown up watching them. I’ve grown up loving the characters, enjoying the trajectories and — I just had a feeling that something would come up. And then they all didn’t work out for a reason. They didn’t work out because… I felt like energetically I was drawing towards something that represented something that I care about; women. So yeah, I campaigned to be up here.”
One of the most incredible things about Captain Marvel is the friendship between Carol and Maria. Their relationship is a huge part of the film and its success. Lashana describes their relationship, “they’re both in the military, so they come from male-dominated environments where they were drawn towards the women anyway. They would find power in whoever they, you know, find energetic connections to. Um, so I feel like they just had — I think they had a sarcasm together. They did a nice thing about how Brie has represented Carol is that she’s just a normal person. She’s able to be every facet of what a woman represents today — sarcastic, dry, funny — she can kick men down and thrown them into different parts of the universe. Um, so I feel like Maria embodies that in a very human way.”
Brie agrees in saying, “I think what they’ve gone through together, going through military training together, being the only women and then using each other to lean on each other through that type of like support and a recognition of their experience is… is really special. I mean, of course, I think they would have been friends outside of that experience and — but I think that that’s a really tight-knit bond that they have and they’re family. I mean, that’s kind of what we’re talking about in this film is — without being too showboating about it, this is the love of the movie; this is the great love. This is the love lost. This is the love found again. This is the reason to continue fighting and to go to the ends of the earth for the person, the thing that you love. And it’s her best friend and her… her best friend’s daughter. Which to me is so natural. I don’t think that there’s at any point — I even, you know, I went and saw the movie with some, some people and it was like an hour later, where they were like, oh — Maria’s the love. Like, yeah! So it’s not like… something that we made a big deal about, but it just feels so natural because that love is so strong.”
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Gemma Chan’s character is fighting against them as a more sinister character. Gemma describes her experience in Captain Marvel compared to Crazy Rich Asians. “I loved it. You know, I… I like to change it up and surprise people a bit and it was really fun going from playing Astrid, who is this very warm-hearted, kind, empathetic person to Minn-Erva, who is much, like she’s got a harder edge, she’s… she’s sarcastic, she’s a bit of a mean girl. But I like her. I like kind of tapping into that… that side of me. It was fun. It’s fun to be bad.”
Lashana’s experience with training for the film with military training gave her a new appreciation for single mothers and for women, ” it’s wonderful to be able to be an actor and just add these different experiences and skills to your repertoire. For the woman to be really uplifted through, through the MCU I think is such a special marrying of two types of worlds that really meshed well together. So I feel like I’m not only representing women, I’m representing black women. I’m representing single mothers and representing all women in the military and that’s pretty damn special.
To top off an incredibly inspirational and touching press conference a question posted by Lula Alderson from Scholastic Kids Press Corps., “I’m 12 years old. What do you hope for kids my age to take from Captain Marvel?” To which Brie responds, “I’m more curious to know what you thought of the movie. I mean, we made it for you. So that’s really what this is about. I feel like… the world is already telling you so much, as to how you’re supposed to think and feel and interpret things and who you’re supposed to grow up to be. We’re not supposed to put that on you. We’re just showing you images and it’s up to you to decide. So what did you think?” Lula says she thought it was amazing and that she liked Brie “as Captain Marvel, because I thought you were such an empowering female role model. And I think that all my friends and me when we watch the movie, we’ll all really appreciate that.”