Brie Larson Teases the Easiest Way for Captain Marvel to Kill Thanos

Since it’s almost inevitable that Thanos will be killed in Avengers: Endgame, Brie Larson has offered her opinion on how Captain Marvel could pull it off. There has plenty of speculation as to how the Avengers will take down the Mad Titan – including a theory involving Ant-Man entering his butt and blowing him up from the inside out – and Larson definitely has an intriguing approach.

By the end of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers (Larson) easily earns a spot among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (even though she’s spent decades away from Earth). Solving the mystery of her past, defeating enemies, and forming new alliances, she’s become one of the strongest super-powered characters in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now that she’ll be officially joining Team Avengers in Avengers: Endgame, Thanos should be concerned. However, as far as what Captain Marvel’s plan might be to stop Thanos for good, Larson has a couple options – one that seems very on-brand with Captain Marvel, and one that is certainly… unexpected.

Related: Captain Marvel Isn’t Part Of The Avengers’ Big Endgame Mission – Why?

In a special segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in which the cast of Avengers: Endgame are asked various questions about the upcoming film, Larson is asked what Captain Marvel has up her sleeves when it comes to finishing off Thanos. Her first answer is a fake-out, saying that she’d simply use “compassion.” When asked if she’s being serious, she says, “No. I’m going to punch him into the sun.” 

Captain Marvel has already been hyped as the strongest member of the Avengers, so Larson’s method of killing Thanos isn’t exactly far-fetched. Before Captain Marvel had even gone into production, Kevin Feige made it clear that the character is the most powerful member of the Avengers. So, even if her actual method of defense in Avengers: Endgame doesn’t exactly line up with what Larson said in the segment, it’s still probably something that she’s perfectly capable of pulling off.

As of now, it’s tough knowing what to believe when it comes to the cast of Avengers: Endgame saying anything about the film. Given how tight-lipped they need to be, any information they give could either be a flat-out lie or possibly some variation of the truth revealed solely for the sake of misdirection – though maybe that’s just wishful thinking. In the end, though it might be fitting for one of the original Avengers to take down Thanos, Captain Marvel would still probably be the best option.

More: 10 Powers Captain Marvel Can Use To Defeat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame

Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

2019-04-18 06:04:26

Danny Salemme

Captain Marvel’s Different Look in Avengers: Endgame Was Brie Larson’s Choice

Captain Marvel’s new look in Avengers: Endgame was Brie Larson’s choice. Even though Marvel Studios is currently in the final few weeks of building hype for the end of Phase 3, it has already been a massively successful year with the release of Captain Marvel. It is their first female led movie and crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office in less than a month.

The movie served as the true introduction to Brie Larson’s version of Carol Danvers aka. Captain Marvel, and it has quickly been teased how she’ll play a larger role in the immediate future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Larson will reprise the role later this month in Avengers: Endgame in an expected major role, but it wasn’t until recently that the marketing showed her with the other surviving heroes. When she did arrive though, there was some who criticized her new look. This wasn’t about the updated costume, but rather her the noticeable addition of more makeup.

Related: Here’s Why Captain Marvel Didn’t Help The Avengers Sooner

The outrage online stemmed from people believing Carol’s look was the product of her being put under the “male gaze.” When Slashfilm had the chance to interview Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo recently, they asked them about this topic. Thankfully, Joe Russo cleared the air to reveal that this was Larson’s decision and not theirs, and that the more natural look Carol has in Captain Marvel is the result of Larson further growing with the character:

She [filmed Avengers: Endgame] before she filmed Captain Marvel, and I think she was experimenting with what the character was. And those were the choices that she and her hair and makeup team had made. And I think as she started to gain a deeper understanding of the character, especially as she approached her own movie. She started to make different choices and as an artist she should be afforded that right to make whatever choice that she wants to make.

Since Marvel shot Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame back-to-back (and originally concurrently), this was the first time that Larson was playing the character, even though Captain Marvel hit theaters first. There was no completed script for her solo film at the time either, so Carol’s evolution as a character was happening backwards. It will still be somewhat strange to see Carol with lipstick and other makeup on, but we’ve also only seen her in one dialogue-only scene. Since Larson ultimately went for the more natural look in Captain Marvel, it is possible she first experimented with this look during Avengers: Endgame and fans will see this expected look for Carol later on in the film.

Even though the main focus from her look has been the added makeup, it will be fascinating to see if the strange shooting schedule results in any other differences in how Larson plays Carol. She still clearly has confidence in her powers and ability to be a leader, and still isn’t afraid to speak her mind. As long as Larson, the Russos, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely get the core and personality of Captain Marvel right in Avengers: Endgame, then hopefully how much makeup she’s wearing or what hairstyle she has will be less focused on.

MORE: Avengers: Endgame Doesn’t Have To Be A Good Film To Succeed

Source: Slashfilm

2019-04-09 04:04:26

Cooper Hood

Unicorn Store Review: Brie Larson Shines In Shallow Coming-Of-Age Story

Brie Larson’s feature directorial debut, Unicorn Store, has more style than substance, but a charming lead performance and important message buoy it.

The offbeat, whimsical coming-of-age comedy Unicorn Store first premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival before finding a distribution home with Netflix. The streaming service has made a name in Hollywood for its feature film strategy, releasing a variety of movies that range from high profile acquisitions like The Cloverfield Paradox to major fare of their own like Bird Box and Roma. However, while Unicorn Store is a relatively smaller movie in terms of Netflix’s release slate, it comes with a few big names attached. Brie Larson’s feature directorial debut, Unicorn Store, has more style than substance, but a charming lead performance and important message buoy it.

Unicorn Store stars Larson as Kit, an imaginative woman who fails out of art school when a minimalist professor doesn’t appreciate her overly colorful and vibrant work. Kit returns home to her mother and father – Gladys (Joan Cusack) and Gene (Bradley Whitford) – where she feels like a disappointment, especially as her parents rave about Kevin (Karan Soni), a man Kit’s age who works at their outdoor camp. In an effort to prove she can be successful, Kit gets a temp job at a public relations company. But Kit’s life is soon changed when she’s invited to “The Store”, where she meets The Salesman (Samuel L. Jackson) who offers to sell her a unicorn – though there are a few requirements first.

Putting aside the overly ridiculous, though arguably necessary setup of an art student failing out of art school for being too creative, Unicorn Store’s offbeat premise largely works in terms of walking a fine line between reality and fantasy. Though, this line gets incredibly messy at times. The story manages to balance the more strange aspects of the story – Kit hiring a man, Virgil (Mamoudou Athie), to build her a unicorn stable – with a parallel arc of her life at the office. However, the movie works best when Kit is forced to confront the fantastical ideas of her imagination and figure out how they can fit into the reality of her life. The disparity between Kit working to achieve her childhood fantasy while also establishing her “grown up” life is where the film finds its coming-of-age story, though some of its messaging about growing up is a bit overly obvious.

Unicorn Store does a lot of telling, rather than showing, how Kit grows up and the lessons she learns along the way: you can’t buy happiness, failure isn’t a sign of immaturity, etc. Along those lines, Unicorn Store seems to have a great deal to say about growing up as an artist and not sacrificing your voice to appease those around you, but often it comes across as the movie being more focused on its messaging than telling a good, well-developed story. To be certain, the message of Unicorn Store is important, and with a script by Samantha McIntyre (Married), the film brings a much-needed female perspective to the coming-of-age genre. Kit is no doubt a character many women can relate to on some level, as she’s forced to give up the “girly” aspirations of her youth for a more straight-laced life. However, Unicorn Store is still incredibly superficial in its depiction of Kit and her coming-of-age story.

The main reason Unicorn Store works as well as it does is the performances of the main cast, Larson in particular. She manages to ground Kit in a way that feels realistic, even as it becomes more and more difficult to hold onto that suspension of disbelief that a grown woman could believe unicorns exist. Still, Larson is charming enough to get away with it, and she carries Kit’s arc well. Further, she works well across from each of her co-stars, Jackson in particular, who goes much more whimsical than usual as The Salesman. It’s an incredibly fun performance from Jackson and helps sell the movie’s more fantastical side. The Unicorn Store cast is rounded out well by Cusack and Whitford, while Athie is a wonderful match for Larson on screen in terms of charm.

Ultimately, Unicorn Store is far from a quintessential coming-of-age story, but it does offer enough of a new spin on the genre to be entertaining. Further, anyone who’s felt like they had to sacrifice creativity for success will find a relatable protagonist in Larson’s Kit. Unicorn Store isn’t likely to be one of Netflix’s breakout hits, but the low barrier of entry afforded to movies by being on one of the most popular streaming services will no doubt mean more people are willing to check it out. To be sure, Unicorn Store is worth seeing for those already interested, but its offbeat premise and heavy-handed presentation of a coming-of-age story mean it isn’t necessarily a must-watch Netflix movie.


Unicorn Store is now available for streaming on Netflix. It is 92 minutes long.

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2019-04-05 04:04:06

Molly Freeman

Unicorn Store Trailer & Poster Tease Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut

Netflix has released a trailer and poster for Brie Larson’s feature directorial debut, Unicorn Store. The Oscar-winner also stars in the film as Kit, a lonely twenty-something who’s struggling (but trying) to embrace life as an adult when she meets a mysterious salesman (Samuel L. Jackson) who offers to fulfill her childhood wish of owning a, well, unicorn. Unicorn Store marks the third film collaboration for Larson and Jackson, following their appearances together in Kong: Skull Island and their respective turns as Carol Danvers and Nick Fury in this month’s Captain Marvel.

Larson, drawing from a script by Samantha McIntyre (Married), actually shot Unicorn Store before she and Jackson teamed up for Captain Marvel, back in late 2016. The movie went on to make its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was officially acquired by Netflix near the start of this year. Now, with just a couple weeks to go before it begins streaming in April, the film’s marketing has gotten fully up and running.

Related: Netflix Originals Outpaced Acquired Content in 2018

The Unicorn Store trailer is now available online, ahead of the film’s premiere on Netflix on Friday, April 5. You can check it out in the space below, followed by the movie’s official poster.

Unicorn Store earned mixed to positive reviews from the critics who saw it at TIFF 2017 and is currently at 68% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes after 19 reviews. In general, critics seem a bit divided on whether Larson’s grounded filmmaking approach as director compliments or clashes with the movie’s whimsical story and the magical realism at the heart of McIntyre’s script. As one would expect, however, Larson and Jackson have been praised for their performances in the film, as have their talented costars like Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Karan Soni (Deadpool 1 & 2), Mamoudou Athie (Sorry for Your Loss), and Joan Cusack (A Series of Unfortunate Events). Larson and Jackson’s screen chemistry was certainly important to Captain Marvel‘s success and, judging by the trailer, may serve to further elevate Unicorn Store into something memorable.

Beyond that, Netflix feels like the right place for Unicorn Store to pitch its tent. It’s the sort of smaller film that might’ve gotten buried in theaters, but has a much better chance of reaching its target audience (and viewers in general) on the streaming service. Larson is clearly a Netflix fan herself and is already set to star in and possibly direct their fact-based drama Lady Business next. She’s also committed to leading Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things adaptation for Netflix, so there’s much more Larson-related goodness to come on the streamer after Unicorn Store arrives next month.

MORE: Netflix: The Best Movies & TV Shows This Weekend (March 22)

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2019-03-22 11:03:55

Sandy Schaefer

Brie Larson Serves Fans Popcorn On Captain Marvel’s Opening Weekend

Brie Larson helped out on opening weekend of Captain Marvel by showing up at one New Jersey theater to serve popcorn and soda to lucky fans. The first MCU film headed up by a female character, Captain Marvel has soared out of the gate in massive fashion, reportedly earning $455 million worldwide for the sixth-highest global opening ever.

Larson stars in the film as Carol Danvers, an earth woman who has become a member of an alien race called the Kree, who are involved in a war with a race of shapeshifters known as the Skrulls. Danvers soon finds herself back on earth in the 1990s, and meets up with Nick Fury (played by a digitally de-aged Samuel L. Jackson), who helps her find out about her forgotten earthly origins as an Air Force pilot. The film has received mostly positive reviews from critics, and has been certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. However, the movie’s audience score on RT is only at 57%, thanks in large part to an apparent review bombing attack by individuals who object to Marvel Studios placing a female character at the center of a movie.

Related: Captain Marvel: 5 Things They Changed From The Comics (And 5 That Stayed The Same)

With Captain Marvel finally arriving this weekend after months of anticipation, Brie Larson herself helped out the cause by showing up at a theater in New Jersey to serve popcorn and soda to a few lucky fans. Marvel Entertainment posted some images of Larson enjoying her interaction with the fans while offering her assistance behind the counter. See the images below:

Luckily for Larson, Marvel did not make her wear the real Captain Marvel costume while working at the concessions stand, but instead allowed her to sport a very comfortable looking Captain Marvel inspired tracksuit (that of course fans on Twitter are now clamoring to own). The extra promotional appearance likely was not needed, as Captain Marvel was expected to easily top $100 million domestically in its opening weekend, and indeed ended up far surpassing that mark.

Of course, Captain Marvel is just the beginning of things for Brie Larson and Carol Danvers in the MCU. The character is expected to play a major role in Avengers: Endgame, as the universe’s remaining heroes join forces to take on the all-powerful Thanos. As for the future of Captain Marvel beyond Endgame, it remains to be seen what plans Marvel has in mind for the character., but it seems a proper Captain Marvel sequel is inevitable after the first film’s massive worldwide opening. After somewhat falling behind DC in terms of female superheroes, it seems Marvel and Disney have succeeded in establishing a character to rival Wonder Woman in box office popularity and pop culture impact.


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2019-03-10 05:03:10

Dan Zinski

How YouTube Combated Brie Larson Trolls With Its Search Algorithm

YouTube was able to combat trolls posting negative videos about Captain Marvel and its star Brie Larson using its search algorithm. After 20 hugely-successful male-centered movies, Marvel Studios has finally allowed a female character to head up an MCU film with Captain Marvel, starring Oscar winner Brie Larson as the titular superhero. However, not everyone is happy to see a female character finally get a chance to lead the way in a Marvel movie.

Unfortunately, the arrival of Captain Marvel has been met with a strongly negative reaction from certain quarters of the internet, leading to everything from boycott calls to active review bombing. The concerted effort by trolls to bring down Captain Marvel on popular review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes finally became so intense that the website was forced to take drastic action, changing their policy about users posting reviews before the release of films. Fans of Captain Marvel also shot back against trolls by posting their own videos in defense of the the MCU’s first female-led movie.

Related: 20 Characters Named Captain Marvel (That Aren’t Carol Danvers)

In the face of all the Captain Marvel negativity being flung around on the internet, YouTube too was forced to take action to prevent trolls from dominating the conversation. As explained by The Verge, the video site went on the offensive against anti-Captain Marvel posters after clips slamming Larson and calling for boycotts against the movie began showing up at the top of their search results. Starting this week, YouTube began labeling all searches for Brie Larson as news items, which kicks in a different algorithm that sends videos from authoritative news sources to the top of search results, pushing the trolling videos from random users further down the list.

YouTube actually began implementing their news algorithm back in 2017 after users began complaining about conspiracy videos dominating search results in the wake of the Las Vegas shootings. With the algorithm in place, a search for Brie Larson on YouTube now sends users first to videos posted by Wired, BuzzFeed Celeb, and Variety, where before it prioritized videos from angry Marvel fans with titles like “Brie Larson is ruining Marvel,” “Burn it Down” and “What went wrong?“. However, YouTube hasn’t stifled all the negative content, as a search for Larson filtered for videos posted in the last week still pushes dubious clips like “Disney & Avengers Cast UPSET W/ Brie Larson & Captain Marvel! Recast Incoming?” toward the top of the list.

Naturally, some users get upset when sites like YouTube manipulate search results in this way, arguing that their free speech is being violated. Recently however, there has been more and more pushback against sites that allow certain types of controversial content to dominate search results, and indeed there have been many examples of bad actors deliberately manipulating such results in order to push their own agendas. The tug of war between trolls and sites seemingly will continue forever. Either way, Brie Larson and Captain Marvel are well on their way to being a huge smash hit, with projections saying the movie may open to over $100 million this weekend.


Source: The Verge

2019-03-09 10:03:55

Dan Zinski

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Captain Marvel is a Nick Fury Origin Story According to Brie Larson

When Captain Marvel finally hits the big screen next March, star Brie Larson says it’ll serve as an origin story for Nick Fury almost as much as it will introduce one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. For a character that’s already been in more than a half-dozen Marvel films, teasers, and episodes of the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury’s backstory has never been fully examined.

While Captain Marvel has yet to appear in the MCU, her debut film isn’t going to be an origin story in the traditional sense. Instead, the film will be set in the 1990s and start off with Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers already serving as a member of the Kree Starforce. During the course of her duties, she’ll travel back to Earth in order to deal with a Skrull invasion. While there, she’ll discover secrets about her own past – including those that have to do with her life as an Air Force pilot before she gained superpowers from a cosmic accident – and get caught in the middle of a galactic war. Naturally, her presence on Earth doesn’t go unnoticed by S.H.I.E.L.D. and she encounters a young Nick Fury, reprised by Samuel L. Jackson. Since the official trailer for Captain Marvel hit the internet back in September, fans have speculated about Fury’s potential involvement and the fact that he still has two eyes – as the version audiences are accustomed to seeing sports an eyepatch.

Related: Watch: Captain Marvel Trailer Set To Destiny’s Child Is Epic

Now, thanks to Steven Weintraub, the editor-in-chief of Collider, posting a video from the 2018 Comic Con Experience in Brazil to his personal Twitter account, it turns out that Larson herself revealed that the secrets of Fury’s past will be addressed in the film as well. While answering a question about their relationship in the film, Larson frames her response with respect to the story as a whole:

“It’s actually a Nick Fury origin story as well, as he doesn’t have the eye patch. That’s a very interesting element, isn’t it? You know, they become buddies and I think seeing that dynamic, it’s a more playful side of Fury. It’s before all of these other things have happened, and I think getting to be scene partners with Sam while he got to go back after all of these years of playing this character and basically build this first foundation was just such a treat. I felt like I was part of history.”

Much has already been made of Fury’s appearance in the trailers, especially the scene toward the end of the second trailer in which Fury pets Danvers’ cat and shows a soft side, but little has been revealed about his role in the conflict. However, Larson also revealed in the same video that Agent Coulson will be back as well, so it’s more than likely that S.H.I.E.L.D. and Fury’s rise within it will be featured in some capacity.

Larson’s comments about the characters’ relationship and her tone when speaking about the opportunity to work with Jackson would suggest that they got along well and should have solid chemistry on screen. Jackson has already praised Larson for her workout commitment and getting in shape for the role, and clearly the professional admiration is mutual. It looks like a standalone Nick Fury film is no longer needed in the MCU.

Next: Captain Marvel: 10 Characters Confirmed To Appear (And 10 We Want To See)

Source: Steven Weintraub

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2018-12-08 01:12:10

Brie Larson Praises Fan Recreated Captain Marvel Trailer

Brie Larson has praised a new fan-made reenactment of Captain Marvel‘s trailer. The actress, who will star in the upcoming Marvel Studios film, will make her MCU debut in March, just two months ahead of the highly anticipated (and, as of this publishing, still untitled) Avengers 4. In the franchise’s first female-led solo flick, fans will learn the origins of the pivotal character, who’s likely to play a big part in the film that follows.

But that’s not the only thing that’s different about this chapter in the MCU. The film takes place primarily during the 1990s, when Nick Fury (both eyeballs still intact) and a very-much-alive Agent Coulson discover a former Air Force pilot who has acquired some otherworldly abilities. A war between Carol Danvers’ adopted family, the Kree people, and the Skrulls, a race of shapeshifting aliens, is at the center of the conflict, as is the heroine’s journey to discover who she really is. It’s a story many are excited about, and in the long months leading up to its release, some fans have taken to making their own Captain Marvel content.

Related:  Captain Marvel: Brie Larson As A Role Model Is Unapologetically Herself

Larson herself brought the sweded (a term that comes from when the content of videotapes was erased and then recreated) trailer to her fans’ attention, tweeting, “This is the best thing I’ve ever seen!!” The trailer recreated is not the most recent one, but the first full-length trailer in which she crash lands in Blockbuster Video, which was released in September. And scene-for-scene, it’s exactly the same, even down to the tiniest details, like an emblem on a hat or the “10” in the Marvel Studios logo. And in addition to copying the dialogue word-for-word, the trailer’s sound effects were also recreated, as well as the music mimicked with a human voice.

The channel responsible for the cut, which can also be viewed side-by-side with the original, is Dumb Drum, a company based in Fresno, California. Those involved have created swedes for several other popular films, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Some parts of the trailers are very obviously low-budget, such as when a Lego figurine is used for a stunt, but at other times, the professionalism shines through, such as with the quality of the lighting and the cameras used to shoot.

Fan trailers have been just as popular for Captain Marvel as any other MCU film – perhaps even more so. Some fans chose to cut together scenes of the heroine with other female superheroes in order to celebrate the rise of incredible women in film, or simply set the already powerful trailer to music that enhances it, like this “Survivor” cut. And this isn’t the first time that Larson has chosen to chime in when a fan made something involving her character: Her Instagram is filled with fan-made art and re-imaginings of Carol Danvers, and, conversely she’s quick to shoot back at anyone who talks bad about the character. Larson has shown time and time again that she has an appreciation for her fans, and for the role that is important both to her and to comic book fans everywhere.

More: Captain Marvel’s Trailers Are Breaking One Of The MCU’s Biggest Rules

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2018-12-05 06:12:53