Brie Larson Got Some Useful Advice From the Avengers

Plus, Samuel L. Jackson talks about Nick Fury's powers, and Gemma Chan on Tom Holland.

( Up until April 2018, not a lot of people knew about Captain Marvel. And who could blame them? This superhero hasn't enjoyed the same level of popularity as most other characters who now have their own action figures—but it looks like that's all about to change. Captain Marvel is set for release on March 6, 2019, and as the film that's expected to provide some big clues about how Avengers: Endgame will resolve the giant cliffhanger that was Avengers: Infinity War, the anticipation for it is nearing fever-pitch.

We sat down with stars Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and Gemma Chan (Minn-erva) as well as directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, to talk about what went into the making of the film, how they prepared for their roles, and the advice they got from the other Avengers. 

Brie Larson: On Carol Danvers' humor, the advice she got from MCU veterans, and how Captain Marvel is different from other heroes


Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel's alter-ego, showed some Tony Stark-like humor in the clips shown to press from the Asia Pacific region in the first leg of their press tour, so we had to ask if it was all scripted, or partly ad-libbed. "I've known Sam for so long that he's just the most awesome scene partner," Larson told us, before a bit of off-camera noise from her makeup team makes her pause in amusement. "So we were able to improvise quite a bit in those scenes," she continued. 

Samuel L. Jackson: Who do you think is Nick Fury's favorite Avenger?

Jackson has previously spoken about Black Widow being his favorite Avenger, and when asked who he thinks Nick Fury would like best, his answer didn't change. "He recruited her, he's known her for a very long time, and they have a very special relationship," he explained. Would he change anything about Nick Fury; maybe give him super strength? "I don't know that I would..." he starts. "He has this power to persuade people to do things. He's very good at spy craft; whatever it was that keeps him in the background but still allows him to persuade people to join forces and fight for the better cause."

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Gemma Chan: On preparing for her role as Minn-erva, her heroes, and meeting Tom Holland

"I would have to say...well, Wonder Woman," said Chan when we asked who her heroes were as a kid who read comic books. "And Spider-Man... Do you know what, I have met him," she shared when asked if it was a thrill to meet Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man. "In London, I think we went to a tennis match and we sat next to each other. He was very welcoming and very lovely. He said, 'well, they don't tell you everything that's gonna happen; they kind of keep you on your toes.'"

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck: What didn't make it into the final version, and what tips did the Russo brothers give you?

"They were giving us advice on things we didn't even think we needed advice on," said Fleck, chuckling, when asked if the Russo brothers gave them tips. But the best piece of advice, he revealed, came from [Black Panther director] Ryan Coogler: "We were just starting to have conversations with Marvel, deciding if it was a fit for us; if we wanted to go after this movie. He was prepping Black Panther and we wanted his opinion on what the process was like and he said, 'It is so challenging and so difficult that you have to make sure that you love this character and that you love this story, 'cause you're gonna be spending a lot of time with this character and with this story over time.' That was great for us because we realigned how we were approaching pitching the story to Marvel; it stopped being 'What do they want to hear from us?' We stopped trying to make the movie we thought they wanted and started pitching the movie we wanted to make."


Captain Marvel opens on March 6 in the Philippines.

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