Brie Larson has learned an awful lot since joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It’s the role of lifetime, after all, and one which no doubt requires a tremendous amount of discipline – physically, mentally, emotionally. So when Variety caught up with the soon-to-be Captain Marvel actress at the Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday night, Larson spoke candidly about her addition to the MCU, and what it’s been like to put her mind and body through such a radical transformation.
I will say that I learned that I’m much stronger than I realize in playing her. A lot of my life recently has felt like it’s happening to somebody else. I think part of it is a defense mechanism. It feels better to kind of continue to have my own understanding of myself, rather than one that was put on me by the outside world.
Described as the MCU’s strongest hero – so far, at least – Carol Danvers is about to make her presence felt, and in order to bring her A-game, Brie Larson logged a number of hours in the gym so that she could really embrace the Captain Marvel role with arms wide open. Hell, she’s even notched a 215 lbs. deadlift.
My highest right now is 215 lbs. in deadlifts. 400 lb. hip thrusts, being able to lift weight like that really changed my perspective and understanding of myself. Going through a movie that requires so much and takes this long, I’m realizing I’m way stronger than I knew.
Finally, in a separate interview with E!, the actress said that the long wait for Carol to make her debut will be worth it.
“I’m really proud of what it is that we’re making and I think all the hype and anticipation will be worth it.”
Captain Marvel has been cleared for take-off. Her ETA? March 8th, 2019, which tees up the release of Avengers 4 quite nicely, given Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s female-fronted spinoff unfurls in the 1990s, back when the Avengers Initiative was but a distant dream.