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Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige on Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige on Captain Marvel

Entertainment Weekly’s March 2018 Issue brought a special interview with Kevin Feige. He talked about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we got to know a little bit more about Brie’s upcoming project Captain Marvel, which is set to premiere next year and starts filming this month.

What feels like the big gamble now? 
Every time you do a film that doesn’t have a part two behind it or wasn’t a sequel. After Iron Man, and certainly after Captain America and Thor, and certainly after The Avengers, Marvel Studios could have made, theoretically, a nice game plan only making sequels to those movies. A lot of studios would love to have four franchises that they can keep doing sequels to. We specifically didn’t want to do that, because we wanted to keep bringing new characters to the forefront, because there’s an embarrassment of riches in the comic books.

Which of those new films felt like risks, felt uncertain?
You look at Guardians of the GalaxyDoctor StrangeAnt-Man … You look at Black Panther or Captain Marvel, that we have just started filming. One could consider those risks, whenever you’re doing something new and it’s not proven. Doing a third version of Spider-Man. Those are all things that have a certain amount of risk associated with them, but early on we decided we didn’t want to be just the Iron Man studio or just the Avengers studio. We want to be the Marvel Studio.

Years back, you listed all of those new movies as possible projects you wanted to make. Now most of them have happened. So, what’s on your wish list now?
Well, there are lots. There are lots. It’s a testament to the 8,000-plus characters in Marvel Comics. We still haven’t made or developed every character we saw when we flipped through a comic and went, “This would be cool. This would be a good story.”

Such as …?
We’re not ready to talk about what those are, but like the ones we’ve made in the first three phases, they’re ones that are either just great concepts for a film, great characters with great supporting characters, like Panther. New locations and lands that have cultural significance all their own, and continuing to tell stories that represent the world as it is, that represent people who perhaps haven’t seen themselves portrayed in this light in the past. We want to continue to do that.

You have Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, the first female title character in a Marvel Studios film, with Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck co-directing. Obviously, Ryan Coogler directing Black Panther was a landmark for representation. Will you get more women and people of color behind the camera as well as in front of the camera?
Yes. I think we’re seeing it shift from a very purposeful initiative to just a fact of life, to just a way of doing business. Then there are people we hired that we’re not ready to announce in all different capacities, particularly behind the camera. As Panther has so loudly declared, [representation] can only help you, can only help you tell unique stories, can only help you do things in a new, and unique, and fresh, and exciting way. If you do that, audiences will notice it, and appreciate it, and support it.

I wanted to ask you a little more about Captain Marvel. It’s set in the 1990s. How does shifting that timeline back open up new storytelling for the MCU?
We wanted to explore a period before Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury had any idea about any of the other heroes and crazy stuff going on in the world. You know, we first met Nick when he told Tony, “You’re part of a big universe. You just don’t know yet.” Well, we want to go back to a time when he didn’t know it yet, and really showcase and announce that Carol Danvers was that first hero that Nick came across. That meant she could be the singular hero, but place it within timing of the MCU. It also got us talking about different genres, exploring this notion of sort of the ‘90s action film. We hadn’t necessarily done anything like that before either, so there are definitely homages to our favorite ‘90s action films within Captain Marvel.

What defines a ‘90s action film? Like, what would be a few of the inspirations?
Well, not necessarily talking about any particulars of the story, but the action elements Terminator 2. That’s about as iconic as you get, looking at kind of those cool street level fights, street level car chases, and fun stuff like that. That being said, much of the movie takes place in outer space, as you might think a Captain Marvel movie would. Like all of our genre inspirations, there are bits and pieces here and there.

You opened Black Panther with a prologue set in 1992. I wondered if we might expect more hero stories to be set in that time period going forward?
I would say no. I mean, in terms of Captain Marvel and a young T’Chaka in ’92, no. That’s not where we’re headed. But we would talk about the ancestral plane sequence [in Black Panther] where, towards the end of the movie, T’Challa takes the herb again and encounters his father, where he’s like, “Hey, man. We’ve kind of screwed up, and I want to change it.” There’s that moment where all of the ancestors come behind T’Chaka. We would joke and go, “I want to see … what’s their story? What’s that story? Who was Bashenga, the first king of Wakanda? Who’s that third to the left, behind T’Chaka? What was their story in Wakanda in 1938? That would be cool.” It all starts as conversations like that. The more audiences want to see these stories, the more opportunities we have to explore different places and time.


First Look of Brie Larson as ‘Captain Marvel’ on set

First Look of Brie Larson as ‘Captain Marvel’ on set

New images of the set of Avengers 4 where we can see a first look of Brie Larson in the costume of the powerful heroine Captain Marvel, surfaced today – January 25.

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In the pictures we can see that the character will probably wear an initial Kree costume, and later will change it to the traditional red and blue. (costume that was featured in a promotional art at D23 last year). For those who do not know, the classic Kree warriors wore a green military uniform; The Kree are a race of Skrull, one of the oldest and most important of the Marvel Universe in comics.

Also we can see in the costume the Hala Star in the chest of the heroine. Hala is nothing less than Captain Marvel’s planet, Mar-Vell, in which there have been rumors about his appearance in the character’s solo movie and had an Easter egg in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in a scene where Rocket travels through space to meet the Star Lord on the planet Ego, until arriving at its destination, one of the places where he passes is Hala. Another detail is that the Sea-Vell is a Kree, and Hala is the home planet of that race.

It is still too early for great theories. Captain Marvel’s solo film begins filming in March and its premiere is will take place on March 8, 2019. Avengers 4, debuts a few months after, in May of the same year.

Brie Larson made personal sacrifices to be Captain Marvel

Brie Larson made personal sacrifices to be Captain Marvel

It took months before Marvel Studios formally announced who would be playing the buzzed about role of Captain Marvel, and it took Brie Larson months to decided whether or not to take it. In an interview with Net-a-Porter’s Porter magazine, the Oscar winner revealed what ultimately swayed her to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“I spent months thinking about whether or not I was going to do the film and I realized that it was a chance to tell a story on the largest scale possible,” she said. “I know it is going to make me lose some of the things I love most about my life, but I think it’s worth it.”

Larson will portray Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, a film set before the events of the first Iron Man movie. Samuel L. Jackson will return as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury — this time with both eyes — in a story involving the strongwoman battling the aliens known as Skrulls.

The comics envisioned Carol as an Air Force and C.I.A. service member whose DNA is spliced together with the alien Kree race, granting her superhuman strength, invulnerability, flight, and the power to launch concussive energy blasts from her hands. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige teased that, when Captain Marvel comes on the scene, she’ll “be by far the strongest character we’ve ever had” in a Marvel film.

Larson evolved from an indie-star-to-watch to one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood, since she won the best actress Oscar in 2016 for the film Room. But landing a major role in a Marvel Studios film is another level. Larson told The Hollywood Reporter in a 2016 interview how much she values her privacy. “I can’t help but trip out about how similar my life is to Room,” she said. “It’s me wanting to stay in my own little bubble and remain anonymous and invisible and at the same time needing to step up to this hand that I’ve been given.”

The Glass Castle star previously said of accepting the role of Captain Marvel, “Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women — I’ll do it.”


Brie Wants to Direct A Marvel Movie

Brie Wants to Direct A Marvel Movie

Brie Larson’s directorial debut, “Unicorn Store,” is a replica of your teenage mood board: It has glitter, splashes of pink, annoying parents, vibrant ribbons and, of course, a shiny white mythological beast.

Larson always wanted a unicorn. It was her childhood wish, which helps to explain her attraction to this movie. She first auditioned for “Unicorn Store” five years ago, before “Short Term 12″ provided her breakout flash and long before “Room” made her an Oscar winner. Rebel Wilson got the role instead. But, in typical Hollywood fashion, the project fell apart ― until about two years ago, when producers approached Larson with an offer to direct it herself. Now, Larson wants to embrace the anything-is-possible phase of her career.

After spending a year shaping Samantha McIntyre’s script using inspiration from Joseph Campbell’s theories about the archetypal hero’s journey, Larson cast herself in the lead role. (She initially wanted to find an unknown actress.) Larson plays Kit, an emotionally stunted 20-something with splintered dreams of becoming an accomplished artist. “You guys still like me, right?” Kit asks the teddy bears in her childhood bedroom.

After moving back in with her parents (Joan Cusack and Bradley Whitford), Kit finds a dull desk job at a marketing agency. It’s there that she receives a mysterious envelope containing an invitation to something called The Store, where a pink-suited Samuel L. Jackson offers Kit the chance to own her very own unicorn.

When I was coming up I would scare people at auditions because I would be too intense.Brie Larson

“The main thing was thinking about the metaphor of the unicorn and allowing the story to read as many different interpretations,” Larson told HuffPost last week at the Toronto Film Festival, where “Unicorn Store” premiered. “So, what is the unicorn? Is it your ultimate dream? Is it connecting to your childhood self? Is it almost spiritual? Because the unicorn does have almost a religious connotation to it. It’s the third eye and a vortex, and pure light is the color of the rainbow.”

As Kit gets closer and closer to that unicorn ― Jackson’s industrial genie has a lot of prerequisites before it can be hers ― her borderline pervy boss (Hamish Linklater) takes a liking to her. She is given a chance to pitch an ad campaign for a vacuum cleaner. Finally, an avenue to artistic glory! During her noisy presentation, Kit splashes the boardroom with glitter and, in a supervisor’s words, “rainbow-magicalness.” It is, simply, a lot ― which is something else Larson relates to.

“It was somewhat metaphorically autobiographical because when I was coming up I would scare people at auditions because I would be too intense,” she said. “I’d be too much and push things too hard. I was so interested in doing things real that it was a lot. I look back on it and I think it’s kind of like a superhero origin story. You have the powers, but you might accidentally hurt someone. You can’t quite form your fireball right, and everything blows up in your face. When I look back on it, it was like that — I had something, but it wasn’t refined. It was much more animalistic. I think that was hard for me. It was a very painful thing to come to terms with: ‘Oh, I’m too much for people. I have so much I want to give to this, but it’s too much.’”

Now that Larson has calmed down enough to become an A-list actress-turned-director ― she’s also helmed a couple of short films ― it’s only up from here. She’s embracing a superhero origin story of her own, playing the title role in 2019′s “Captain Marvel.”

How about directing one of those little comic-book ditties next?

“Oh yeah, that’s my plan,” she said. “Why not? My new life philosophy is I’m not going to tell myself no. I’m just going to do stuff until someone else tells me no.”


Brie on Embracing Uniqueness, Directing Herself, and “Captain Marvel”

Brie on Embracing Uniqueness, Directing Herself, and “Captain Marvel”

Brie Larson is an actress who has given standout performances in films such as “Short Term 12” and “Trainwreck.” In 2016 she won an Oscar for her turn as a young mother willing to do anything to protect her son in “Room.” Now she’s premiering her feature directorial debut, “Unicorn Store,” at TIFF. Larson also stars in the touching film, which follows a young woman whose childhood dream is unexpectedly fulfilled when she begins receiving invitations to “The Store.”

We recently spoke to Larson about “Unicorn Store,” how she learned to direct herself, and the much-anticipated “Captain Marvel.”

“Unicorn Store” will premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11.

This interview has been edited. It was transcribed by Kaidia Pickels.

W&H: Talk a little about your description of the logline of the film.

BL: That’s a tough one, because you have the plot points, which are that we have a young woman who’s questioning her creativity because for her whole life it’s been critiqued and pulled apart and for her, it’s part of her identity. Once she has this final blow — this professor shatters her completely — the course of the film is then her trying to choose between what feels right in her heart, which looks crazy to everybody else, or what everybody else is doing, which feels wrong to her.

The film questions why we as a society have an obsession with making everybody the same. I think that’s a part of growing up, too. I think so many people who are growing up hit a certain point in your preteen years when you become self-aware, and with that self-awareness, it becomes safe to just suppress yourself and be like everybody else and play it safe. I’ve always struggled with that, and struggled with knowing what I’m supposed to be and then ultimately having some sort of breakdown and realizing that it’s not possible for me. I can’t actually do things like everybody else.

I sometimes wish that I could, but as I’m growing older, I’m realizing that it’s the thinkers that are looking for things outside of cultural norms who are the ones changing society and helping it grow. They’re great teachers of this earth, and I hope that as we’re continuing to grow, we can start to nurture those people more. The film is in some ways a film directly for those people who are maybe going, “This world feels wrong to me and I feel like there’s another way to do it, but I’m afraid to, and I think it might just be easier to be myself.” This film is calling to you, saying, “We need you. We need you more than ever.” Those are the real superheroes of the world.

W&H: You seem so comfortable playing this part. What was it like directing this film and acting in it? And, were you able to get this film going because in the five years since you originally auditioned for this role, your status in this industry has changed?

BL: Yeah, totally. I think that part of why I didn’t get the part the first go-around was because I wasn’t as “bankable” or whatever term industry people would use. That’s kind of the tricky thing that we’re always dancing with here — finding a way to keep artistic integrity but also making sure that this is an investment that feels safe to people. It’s just part of it.

Having the opportunity to direct “Unicorn Store,” at first I had no intention of playing Kit myself. Then, after working on the script for about a year with the writer Samantha McIntyre, she kind of coaxed me into it. She said, “There’s nobody who knows this character better than you. You’ve lived with this character for so many years. It spoke to you, and you’ve been working on writing it and shaping it. I can’t imagine anybody else doing it.” It took me a little bit to wrap my head around it — I thought, “It seems too hard, it’s impossible!”

But then, I realized that although it was going to be difficult, there was a real asset to it, that, for my first go at this, it was a little bit more contained for me in that I knew exactly what my lead actress was going to do. I knew how she was going to play certain scenes, I knew how to cover it because I knew how she was going to play it. I knew she was going to show up on time! I knew she wasn’t going to have a problem with the blocking that I’d set up ahead of time. There were a lot of things about that that were really helpful.

From my past experience being on set, I know that a huge part of directing actors is actually giving direction to their partner that they’re playing off of. It’s not always giving it to the person that’s on camera, it’s giving it to the person who’s speaking the lines. Because of that, I could fluidly direct. When you’re on somebody else’s coverage, for pretty much every scene Kit is in, I was able to redirect my actors through my own performances off camera. It just made everything feel quite easy, actually.

W&H: You’ve said, “I love that we’re seeing stronger women on-screen, but I don’t think that’s the end of this conversation. I think that the best place to start would be more female directors, more female filmmakers of every type of race, and we need to get out of these binary ways of thinking and we need more intersectionality and unique voices.” What is your inspiration to direct, and has that always been there? Can you talk about your passion for this conversation about having more women behind-the-scenes?

BL: My obsession with film has been all-encompassing since I was really young — even when I was four years old, I made storyboards of “The Lion King” to take with me on a trip to Disney World so I could get critiques on them. I’ve always loved every part of the process. When I was in school, every summer vacation I would write a script and direct it. I’d get my cousins to be in it, and I’d build sets in our garage out of sheets and tape. This idea of creating new worlds has always been really fascinating to me. I started with some shorts and really loved the experience that I had doing that. Now with this continued conversations and this lack of change that’s happening still, I’m very grateful that we continue to be talking about. I feel like there’s a ton of progress happening for at least as much as I’m asked about it or that we talk about it.

Because of that, it turned into thinking, “Well, all of change starts with me.” I feel afraid to direct a film, because it’s truly terrifying — you’re saying, “This is how I view the world, this is what the world looks like to me” and you’re hoping that there’s some other people that agree with you. It just felt like with having won an Oscar for “Room,” it allows you to have these open doors for a brief period of time and you get to choose, you’re rewarded with that. For me, I thought, “Well, I just want to put more pieces on the board.”

Whether or not this movie is successful or whether people like it is kind of irrelevant, to be honest. In my opinion, if women go to see this movie, or people who are of a different race or identify with a different sexual orientation, who don’t feel like their stories are being told on-screen and may be afraid to step up and do it, I hope that they can watch this movie and think either, “Wow, she did it! I want to do that and I can! I feel like I can now,” or “This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but if she can do this, I can definitely do this.” Either way, it’s putting something out there that’s allowing for more conversation about this, to say, “Let’s do this. It’s totally terrifying, but let’s jump in the water and do this together.”

With that, there was a very specific choice in making this movie in this way — even in the way that I handled the end credits. I felt like softness and innocence were something that we’re not seeing on-screen right now because we have an obsession with taking male characters and making them female [gender-swapping characters]. That’s not to say that that’s not incredibly valuable or that I don’t enjoy watching it — I love it, but we can’t say that we’ve solved anything then, because it’s all still about women needing men in their space.

The cliche of men is that they’re masculine, they’re tough, they don’t mess around, they’re straight-shooters. For decades now it’s been about women kind of acting in that male space, saying “We’re here, we’re tough, we’re strong, we can go toe-to-toe with you,” and of course we can go toe-to-toe with them — but can men then meet us in our softer spaces? Is that possible? Are we allowed to now challenge them and say, “We’ve proven ourselves time and time again. I don’t know why we’re still having this conversation. Can you prove it to us?”

W&H: It’s like when women wore ties to go to work in the ‘80s.

BL: Yeah, and you know what? If you want to wear a tie in the workplace, then that’s your own prerogative. It just shouldn’t be that that’s the only way that we’re doing this. It needs to be a two-way street. By continuing to have conversations like, “Do I feel pressure as a woman to do this?” or “Do I feel like I have something to prove by doing this?” the subtext is still, “Do you reallybelieve that women could be equal to men?” To me it makes me laugh, because why should I believe that I am less than? Just because somebody invented a patriarchal society doesn’t mean that I have to believe it.

The other thing about this is that I am a woman, so it’s very easy for me to speak my truth from the space of being a woman. I do think that as women, and having taken a backseat for so long, I think that we can very much relate to others who have also had to take a backseat for many, many years. Part of this is opening up our space, even though we’re still trying to find our own space in here. Part of it is creating opportunities for others who’ve been left in the dark as well.

W&H: When you got the role of “Captain Marvel,” did you say, “I want to make sure that we have a woman director as part of this?”

BL: That was actually part of what they said to me, and that was part of why I was excited about doing this. They said, “It’ll be female screenwriters, a female director, as many females on the team as possible.” That’s part of why I felt comfortable making the leap into that field, because these movies are huge and they have such a major platform. Being able to give a message to people on this global scale is an interesting opportunity, but what are we saying? How are we saying it?

That all comes from the collaboration of a team — it comes from the script, it comes from the director, it comes from the editor, it comes from even costume and production design. There has to be a real awareness of what’s progressive for us. What’s interesting for us to see? What’s the new way that we can show the world that we’re dynamic, interesting, complicated beings? We’ve never been just one thing.

W&H: What made you decide that you wanted to play Victoria Woodhull? She’s a woman who’s such an important piece of history, but lots of people don’t even know who she is.

BL: That’s part of it. It’s one of the most incredible true stories that I’ve ever read that most people don’t know about. She had extreme conviction and a real belief system, and an interesting dynamic in that the things that are her strong suits are also her weaknesses. She’s incredibly savvy and kind of a genius when it comes to things like publicity, but it’s also the thing that continues to get her in trouble. She saw through the veil that existed at that point — there weren’t many people who were thinking the way that she was.

As the same time, she was struggling with her past, struggling with where she came from. There are so many parallels still to where we are today versus then. A lot of the hurdles that she was going through, a lot of the obsession that the public had with certain aspects of society are exactly the same. I think it’ll be interesting for audiences to see that, to see the cycle that we’re in and how we can move forward.


Brie Larson Confirmed to Play Captain Marvel

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson has been confirmed to play the title role in “Captain Marvel” for Marvel and Disney. The film hits theaters March 8, 2019.Marvel Studios confirmed the news at the annual Comic-Con confab in San Diego, where Larson received a standing ovation in Hall H.

Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, is one of Marvel’s most popular female superheroes.

There is currently no director attached to the film.

“Inside Out” scribe Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman are currently writing the script, which follows Carol Danvers, an air force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the super powers of strength, energy project and flight.

Kevin Feige will produce the film.

Larson, repped by WME and Authentic Talent and Literary Management, was also in San Diego promoting her other major film, “King Kong: Skull Island,” which opens next year.