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Brie Larson Explains Why She Took Captain Marvel Role

While we're still a ways off from watching Captain Marvel in theaters, we're pretty psyched to see Carol Danvers take her place alongside the likes of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, especially since she'll be played by Brie Larson. But what inspired the Oscar-winning actress to accept the part? Was it the promise of a paycheck or worldwide fame?

The actress recently revealed to Vanity Fair that her decision to accept the role wasn't that simple. According to the magazine, Larson is pretty private for a movie star, and she was worried about the backlash and hate that would inevitably come her way from the angrier parts of the internet. Making things worse, she wasn't allowed to discuss her thoughts about Marvel's offer with anyone as the studio insisted upon the utmost secrecy.

However, Larson said she took the part because she thinks playing Carol Danvers will truly impact a whole generation of female superhero fans. "Ultimately," Larson explained, "I couldn't deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that's progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would've had growing up... I really, really feel like it's worth it if I can bring understanding and confidence to young women."

Larson also said that the head honchos at Marvel are pretty great to work with and that they've "been very open" to hearing her opinions. "I think that's why they cast me," she said. "I have a lot of similarities to this character, and they want me to bring that into the movie."

Captain Marvel is slated to hit theaters on March 8, 2019. While we're waiting to see Brie Larson in action, be sure to check out some actors who actually turned down key Marvel roles.