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Brie Larson Says This Is The Reason She Turned Down The Role For Captain Marvel Twice

Imagine if she had let this get in her way?




Brie Larson has been pushed to the forefront of the entertainment industry, especially after landing the role of ‘Captain Marvel’, the most powerful character in the MCU. Following her characters lead, Larson has been named one of ‘100 most influential people in the world’ in 2019 by TIME magazine, won an Academy Award, a BAFTA as all as a Golden Globe award. Looking back, the actress feels privileged to have been able to carry the mantle of ‘Captain Marvel’. However, before landing the titular role, the 30-year-old actress struggled with her career choices as a result of one thing: her anxiety.



In a 17-minute video uploaded onto her own YouTube channel, Larson gave fans a look at her career – from her audition process for Marvel to the acting opportunities she missed out on. In discussing the lead up to her role as ‘Carol Danvers’ aka ‘Captain Marvel’, Larson explained how Marvel had reached out to her with the role in 2017. However, despite being approached multiple times, her stance never changed: she felt that she was not good enough for it.


“I was like, ‘Oh, I can’t do that. I have too much anxiety. That’s too much for me. I don’t think I can handle that. I was like, ‘I’m too much of an introvert. That’s way too big of a thing for me,”


However, it was after meeting with Marvel execs to discuss the vision for ‘Captain Marvel’ that she stopped thinking that the idea that the role could be her as being “beyond [her] comprehension” to finally getting on board with it. What changed her mind? Turns out, it was the vision of creating a female-focused blockbuster that really pulled Larson to take on the role.


“I was very moved by what they were trying to achieve, what they were talking about, and it felt very progressive,”

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The ‘Captain Marvel’ film has since gone on to hit the $1 billion mark, the eighth movie in the MCU universe and the only one directed by a woman (the movie was directed by Anna Boden) to do so. On top of the list is ‘Avengers: End Game’, with ‘Captain Marvel’ coming in just before ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’.



In the video, Larson also piqued fans interest by going through the list of auditions she’s been to but did not make the final cut. Amongst these movies are 2010’s Iron Man 2 and 2011’s Thor (maybe Marvel already had their eye on her for ‘Captain Marvel’?). Other titles include

  • Sucker Punch
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • The Book of Eli
  • Avatar
  • Jennifer’s Body
  • Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen


Imagine what these movies would have been like with Larson in them? Marvel-ous, probably.


Watch Larson’s full video here:

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