Even with the anxiety Brie Larsen said she felt taking on such a big role, Marvel Studios’ persistence in calling her three different times showed the confidence they had in both her and the vision for the character, and Larson has shined brilliantly since then. After starring in Captain Marvel and playing a pivotal role in Avengers: Endgame, Larson is already in line to be one of the leading faces of the Avengers as the MCU moves into Phase 4 and beyond.
In a new video on her personal YouTube page, Captain Marvel star Brie Larson revealed that before she was cast as Carol Danvers, she had auditioned for roles in 2010’s Iron Man 2 and 2011’s Thor. She also went into details on her conversations with Marvel before she was officially introduced as Captain Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016:
“I remember getting a call and they said ‘Marvel is interested in you playing Captain Marvel’, and 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, so tell them no.’ And my team was like ‘OK, for sure.’ I think a couple months later, they called and were like ‘They called again, are you sure?’ And I was like ‘Yeah, I’m too much of an introvert, that’s way too big of a thing for me.’ It was beyond mycomprehension. And then they called a third time and were like ‘Are you sure?’ So, the point is, every time I was like ‘Tell them no’ and thought my team was telling them no, they were not. Cause I think they were like, ‘She would be great at this…”
Larson went on to discuss the early talks for her potential role in Captain Marvel after they initially called her for the role during shooting for Kong: Skull Island:
“I’m back from filming [Kong: Skull Island], I had a meeting with them, they had a pitch, and they had a mock-up of the costume, and I was very moved by what they were trying to achieve, what they were talking about, and it felt very progressive, I was very surprised by the way that they were talking about feminism, they were like ‘All female writers, female director, we’re gonna have as many female voices in this as possible.”