A lot was riding on the success of Marvel Studios’s Captain Marvel.
Would the studios’ first female-driven superhero have wings at the box-office?
Silly, naysayers. Of course, it will.
Captain Marvel features a strong leading actress in Brie Larson, excellent script with a powerful message and breathtaking action sequences to rank among some of the best MCU films.
Despite the pressure, Captain Marvel soared past the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office and has earned the distinction of being the 38th ever and the seventh MCU movie to reach the impressive milestone.
Larson shared the good news on Twitter and Instagram with an inspiring message.
Our girl Carol Danvers just joined the One Billion Club! Thank you endlessly for helping us cross this milestone. It has been a pleasure sharing this character with the world. I’ve loved seeing the cosplay, fan art and passionate words about our HERo. Higher Further Faster baby! pic.twitter.com/mOZcUt8L5q
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) April 3, 2019
The 29-year-old Oscar winner also responded to early doubts surrounding the movie’s projected performance at the box office during an April 10 interview at the Women in the World conference in New York City.
“I didn’t feel any pressure at all,” she said while filming the movie. She described herself as introverted and was conflicted about signing on as Carol Danvers but then decided she was going to go “all in.”
But Larson admitted she suddenly felt anxiety before Captain Marvel‘s nationwide release.
All eyes were on box office numbers as the film came in between two Avengers films, with Infinity War having become one of the highest grossing movie of all time and the upcoming Endgame expected to perform the same.
She would later realize all the emotional stress was unnecessary.
“We put unnecessary pressure on ourselves. I understand film history. I know that the film industry started with a majority of women. It started with women filmmakers.”
“This weird idea that women maybe can’t open movies or are not important to storytelling or the female story is not high art, it’s bogus. I don’t want to for a second buy into it.”
Who says my gurl can’t hit a billion dollars. Money talks and there’s money in female representation. Hollywood better listen. pic.twitter.com/qsek0tnv6I
— Lola ✨ (@truuetea) April 3, 2019
She added that she was grateful to be a part of something that exceeded expectations even though it should never be contingent upon which gender drives a film.
“I’m very grateful to have broken this glass ceiling of normalizing the concept that women can also make a billion dollars. I don’t know why that was so hard to comprehend in the first place. It’s just like we’re human, whatever.”
“If people needed this to be another reminder this decade [that minority groups can open movies and make a billion dollars] then great, I’m here, I did it.”
— POPSUGAR (@POPSUGAR) April 11, 2019
Captain Marvel performed well because Carol Danvers is a fearless, devoted, and likeable character.
But it also helps that Larson’s star power made moviegoers flock to theaters. Vers is fierce!
I hope @brielarson gets reminded on a daily basis on how smart and eloquent of a speaker she is & that she is not just beautiful on the outside but in the inside as well. Just saw her talk in the women in the world 2019 and I'm proud and impressed by her.#iknowitalkaboutheralot
— Desiree Annelise Borghese (@Daborgh) April 11, 2019
— Daniela La Torre (@danylt) April 11, 2019
— Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) March 11, 2019
higher, further, faster baby!!!????????????????????????❤️ pic.twitter.com/2bdvkzJUw4
— best of brie larson (@archiveblarson) April 3, 2019
I'm still so excited after seeing @captainmarvel. Rei, I cried but above all it made me feel strong, that no one should tell you what to do.#CaptainMarvel and @brielarson deserves all the good things in the world xq that makes us feel empowered to all the women in the worl pic.twitter.com/95Xl6cxG3W
— Sol???? (@SolTihuana) March 9, 2019
The 10th annual Women in the World conference took place from April 10 – 12 in New York. The event celebrates the awakening in the global women’s movement and features women leaders and activists.
This year, the conference featured Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Stacey Abrams, Anna Wintour, Bryan Cranston, Brie Larson, Cindy McCain, Adwoa Aboah, Maria Ressa, Christiana Figueres and Jill and Faith Soloway.
You can watch Brie Larson’s interview at the Women in the World conference in the YouTube clip, below.