Marvel fans are getting closer and closer to finally seeing Captain Marvel on the big screen.
The highly anticipated film isn’t set for release until March 8, 2019, but audiences got a sneak peak when the trailer dropped over the weekend.
HipHollywood got an exclusive look at the film during a set visit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, one of the many on-location settings for the movie, this past July. During we got a chance to chat with the film’s star Brie Larson, who plays Carol Danvers, an air force pilot who acquires superhuman powers after an accidental alien encounter.
Larson is no stranger to playing strong characters. She won an Oscar in 2016 for her role in Room. But suiting up to play the biggest hero of the MCU tested her strength like never before. Thankfully she had the one and only Sam L. Jackson to help push her through.
“I lean on him constantly,” she said. “Yeah. I lean on him on my day to day life constantly. He is my family. He’s like one of my teachers. He’s like a guide for me and always has been and has been someone along the way, at this very pivotal time in my life and it’s continued all the way through until now.”
In the film, the world will get their first encounter of Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury before the eye-patch. Jackson, who has starred opposite Larson in Kong: Skull Island, said Brie was a great choice for Captain Marvel given that they already have such great chemistry.
“We have a sense of what works between us and the dynamic of who we are and how we interact and the closeness that we feel anyway, that allows people to believe that we are forming a bond,” he explained.
We can’t say much else about Jackson’s character (for now) but best believe he’s badass per usual. Meanwhile Larson gave us the tea on how she got in shape including training for 9-months to move a car.
She revealed, “A lot of that came from ignorance I thought when you sign up for a movie like this you have to do your own stunts, and I’m an introvert with asthma so I thought I gotta get my shit together to be able to keep up with this movie.”
She adds, “For me it’s like, if she’s the strongest character in this Marvel universe, if she can move planets I should be able to push a car. It makes the story feel more complete to me that I can talk about what it’s actually like to feel strong in my body as a self-identifying woman.”
The 29 year-old later found out she wasn’t actually required to do her own stunts, but the hard-work taught her something even more valuable about herself.
“Recently I had this moment, I went, “Oh my god I am stronger than I know.” And I thought that I was really strong so I’m even stronger than I thought,” she explained. “That’s really mind blowing. So learning how to own your power in an uncomplicated way and value yourself, value your time and value what you’re bringing and truly getting it.”
And if you thought Larson was done speaking up for women and fighting for more diversity and inclusion in Hollywood … think again. She told us she now has an inclusion rider to ensure that she speaks to a diverse group of press when promoting her films.
“It was like September or October, end of last year was when it really crystallized for me that I wanted to work on an inclusion rider and make sure that my press was completely inclusive moving forward,” she explained. “So of course the first ask had to be to Disney because that was going to be my biggest round of upcoming press and it wasn’t even like, there was zero pushback. It wasn’t even a question. It was like, “100%, We’re doing that with Wrinkle in Time and we think it’s awesome and it’s the right thing to do and how do you want to do this?”
If you recall back in June, Larson made headlines for calling out the lack of inclusivity in the film industry, particularly when it comes to film critics. HH was amongst a group of African-American press who spoke to her on set, and we made sure to thank her (with a card) for speaking up and being so compassionate.
“I’ve just always been more interested in other people and what they’re going through than I have been about myself,” she explained. “It’s a confusing one because I don’t know how, I don’t know if it’s something that can be taught. I hope it is because it seems like we need more of it.”
Thankfully, Disney is one studio leading the charge when it comes to diversity.
Captain Marvel, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, is filled with a diverse roster of A-list talents including Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.