Kevin Feige Explains Captain Marvel’s Lack of a Love Story

Actor Brie Larson attends the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios'Captain Marvel at Dolby Theatre

Actor Brie Larson attends the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios'Captain Marvel at Dolby Theatre

Only one of its predecessors, last year's Ant-Man and the Wasp, has had a female superhero as a title character. As far as a bevy of internet trolls are concerned, if you like it, you're a pot-smoking hippy SJW, and if you hate it, you're a stony-faced conservative who can't stand true onscreen representation.

"Captain Marvel will have a good run at the box office in India".

So when it came to promoting "Captain Marvel", which begins its global rollout on Wednesday, she lobbied for more women and people of color among those interviewing her. "We're not just putting it on a poster, that we're living it", she added.

And Brie Larson was certainly feeling strong as she rocked a bold power suit on the way into Good Morning America on Wednesday in NY. Unfortunately for Carol, Rogue, who was working with the Brotherhood of Evil at the time, later absorbed part of her psyche and all of her powers. (Hint: It has the highest concentration of pubs outside the Trappist system.) It's also where she happens to crash-land after a tussle with a race of shapeshifters called the Skrulls. Emotions and heart don't seem to have anything to do with her decisions. In fact, it's this one in June, 1995.

An elaborate set of circumstances has her winding up on Earth and chasing invading Skrulls, while at first pursued, and then assisted, by a pre-S.H.I.E.L.D.

The movie opens with Carol on the planet Hala, homeworld of the alien but human-resembling Kree. Captain Marvel is poised to flip that convention by leaving out the traditional love story.

Larson stars alongside Samuel L Jackson, Jude Law, Lashana Lynch, Annette Bening, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace. Both even include a scene of someone being tossed across a room into a jukebox.

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This role will mark one of few regular TV roles Larson has had throughout her career. When she first arrives on Earth, Vers's steely martial alienness clashes charmingly against the earthlings of 1994, but as soon as the Skrull hit the fan that whimsy disappears and is replaced by brutal efficiency.

- Larson herself appears mis-cast, and despite constant harping on nine months spent on physical training for the role, Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot appeared physically and visually more awe-inspiring in the action sequences.

Now we know Captain America is equipped a stack of superpowers, but Captain Marvel has the courage to punch a villain square in the head, despite said villain being disguised as a friendly old lady. In addition to allowing the filmmaking team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (2006's Half Nelson) to wax nostalgic about the age of Blockbuster Video, Rock the Vote and the Altavista search engine, this means the film takes place some 15 years before Tony Stark first took flight as Iron Man. And that lack of experience shows in the film's climax.

The genesis of this "new" Marvel character goes back to the end of the 1960s in comic book form, just as second-wave feminism was gaining momentum. But Captain Marvel takes it all in stride, aided by some fine comrades.

- Agent Coulson, though we yearn for more of the lovable Phil.

She'll also cross paths with a cat, who's a surprise package. Compared to his appearance in The Avengers, Fury still has his hair with two eyes intact. Those instincts serve them well in "Captain Marvel", which is less bombastic, more humane and easier to relate to than the other Marvel movies. Magnanimity may be a trait of superheroes, but it's one audiences will need to embody themselves if they're to truly enjoy this latest chapter.

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