Last year, Oscar winner Brie Larson (Room) landed the coveted role of Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. We've yet to see her onscreen, but she's poised to become quite possibly the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a key component of the studio's future beyond the fourth (still untitled) Avengers film. It's a role that comes with a virtual guarantee of multiple films, a substantial paycheck, and the promise of a massive fan base. But Larson would apparently like to take things further.
This week, Larson's been at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote Unicorn Store, an indie comedy that also happens to be her directorial debut. It's a gig she landed after rising to prominence as a major star, and it's clearly a creative opportunity she's embraced. Stars on Larson's level regularly balance blockbusters with indie passion projects (just look at Chris Evans' filmography), but even as they're promoting the smaller films, the bigger films come up in conversation. That means that while Unicorn Store is the current topic, Larson can't escape some Marvel chat.
So, given that she just directed a movie for the first time, Huffington Post asked her if she'd ever consider getting behind the camera for a Marvel film. Here's her response:
“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.”
Can we take this as confirmation that we will definitely see "Directed by Brie Larson" in the Marvel Studios credits sometime in the future? No. Larson's clearly in love with her new role as director at the moment and this is a statement of ambition, not fact. That said, it's definitely possible, and even something to be hopeful about. It's almost surprising that no Marvel star has stepped into a director role already, particularly given how stars like Robert Downey Jr. engage with the megafranchise behind the scenes. It's entirely possible that, if Captain Marvel works, Larson could be at the helm for Captain Marvel 2 thanks to both her experience and the clout she gains with the studio.
Then there's the issue of diversity. Patty Jenkins famously bowed out of directing what would eventually become Thor: The Dark World, then went off and had a massive hit with Wonder Woman instead. That left Marvel finally lagging behind DC Films for once, in that the studio has yet to release an MCU film directed by a woman. That'll change with Captain Marvel, which will be co-directed by Anna Boden, but it shouldn't stop there. Captain Marvel, as both a character and a film franchise, could be the start of a wave of women leading the next phase of the MCU. It seems like Larson is determined to be at the forefront of that.
Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8, 2019.