It was big news when it was announced that Brie Larson would play Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel for the MCU, being the first solo film with a superpowered woman as the central character. Despite how many people were saying “it’s about time,” another corner of the internet has built entire channels just endlessly trashing on Larson and her place in the Marvel franchise.
Though it did feel like Larson was eager to be this universe’s version of Wonder Woman, word suggests that she’s actually lost the spark for her Marvel role.
In her recently released book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios (via The Direct), author Joanna Robinson details what Marvel’s plans were after their main stars Chris Evans, Rober Downey Jr., and Scarlett Johansson had bowed out of the franchise. The heads were apparently set to center everything else around Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Captain Marvel, but their choices ended up blowing up in their faces. Robinson writes:
“The future of those Marvel icons was unclear. The departure of franchise anchors like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson had already taken its toll, as had the shocking loss of Chadwick Boseman, but other MCU stalwarts were heading for the exits. The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ cast went on a farewell tour, Brie Larson grew disillusioned, and Marvel tussled with Sony in a custody battle over Tom Holland.”
Anyone who’s chronically online will know that Larson had become a face that anti-woke fans could tout whenever they wanted to say something was wrong with the MCU (or as they call it, the “M-She-U”). With Larson herself having her own online presence, it would be no surprise that she would be affected by so much of the toxicity that was gathering around her.
Now the same kind of storm is gathering around live-action Snow White Rachel Zegler.
For now, Larson is set to return for The Marvels which will have her Captain Marvel teaming up with two new proteges. So far, hype is at a low thanks to some lackluster Marvel projects, but hopefully The Marvels will manage to deliver when it comes out Nov. 10.