Brie Larson reveals that The Marvels will bring Carol Danvers into a new phase after she has been mainly gone since her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut. Larson returns for the long-awaited sequel to her solo film, alongside other MCU vets Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, Teyonah Parris as WandaVision’s Monica Rambeau, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, as well as the actors who played Kamala’s family in Ms. Marvel. The film will also mark the MCU debuts of Zawe Ashton as an unnamed villain and Park Seo-joon in an unnamed role.
The plot of The Marvels is still unknown, but the first video from the MCU sequel was presented at this week’s D23 Expo, hinting at the three Marvels teaming up for a space-faring adventure. Despite criticism of the first Captain Marvel film, excitement for the sequel increased, with the Ms. Marvel finale seeing Kamala Khan suddenly snatched away from her bedroom and exchanged with Carol Danvers. As fans wait to find out why this switch was made, one celebrity is speaking out about what to expect from their role in The Marvels.
Brie Larson spoke with The Hollywood Reporter at the D23 Expo about The Marvels. In terms of how the MCU sequel would expand on what audiences now know about Carol Danvers, the actress indicated that the film will usher in a new era for the character, with a more humanized portrayal. See what Larson said below:
“Well, you get to see a new side of Carol where she has to learn to relinquish some of the control and realize that she makes mistakes and she needs support, she needs help. It’s the beginning of this new phase for her.”
Larson’s suggestion of The Marvels ushering in a new era for Carol Danvers is guaranteed to spark the excitement of MCU enthusiasts as well as toxic crowds who panned Larson’s performance in the original film as underwhelming. Larson’s subsequent appearances in Avengers: Endgame and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings likely didn’t help matters for the latter group, as she remained a mostly stoic figure with minimal screen time, only really showing up in the former film’s two fights against Thanos and the latter’s post-credits. Larson’s appearance in the post-credits of Ms. Marvel’s finale did, however, hint to how Carol might evolve in the future, namely with her knowing of how she’s become a model for many women on Earth.
Carol Danvers would be the latest hero to undergo a tonal shift in recent years, with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor famously transitioning from an overly serious warrior to a goofier action hero in Thor: Ragnarok and Love and Thunder. With director Nia DaCosta hinting at a much lighter tone for the Captain Marvel sequel, it will be interesting to see if the film receives the same amount of adulation as Taika Waititi’s first MCU outing or the more divided reception of his most recent offering. When The Marvels hits theaters on July 28, 2023, only time will tell.