Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel is changing superhero movies

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The newest Marvel movie has recently hit cinemas all over the world, and it has changed the game for superhero movies. Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson is Marvel’s first female superhero movie.

With more and more prominence of female leads in super hero movies, such as DC’s Wonder Woman, it appears that the genre is branching out.

The newest female lead already seems to be a huge hit with fans of all ages. The most excited journalist on the red carpet at the London premier of the film was none other than eight year old school girl Illie.

Illie wore a replica costume of Captain Marvel’s red, gold and blue suit and couldn’t contain her excitement as she met the actress that embodies her on screen idol.

Larson was just as excited to meet her young fan, stating “I did it for you, superstar… You have so many superpowers.”

School girl Illie isn’t the only one who sees the value in the newest Marvel release, with  lifelong comic book reader and star of eight Marvel movies, Samuel L Jackson commenting “Those things mean something to people, and the presentation of it…means something … in terms of the dignity of that character and the strength of that character.”

Fellow actress in the movie, Gemma Chan states that “A woman can be empathetic and vulnerable and also resilient and strong and determined” the Crazy Rich Asians star adds “We’re finally challenging those gender norms now and we’re seeing that women can be so many different things and it’s not a weakness, it’s a strength,”

Despite the film being an immediate hit, there were challenges when it came to creating the movie. It has recently been revealed that during initial meetings with Larson, directors discussed “not making Carol too perfect,”

Director Ryan Fleck claimed “I think there is a tendency when you’re making a female superhero movie to make the perfect woman,” This was not the goal of the movie; instead they wanted to “make sure that she was human and flawed and funny and tough, but also messy and complicated at the same time.”

Although the film has a female lead, Chan states that “I hope young girls and boys feel inspired and uplifted by the end of the film,”