From time to time, we’ve explored the idea of how a pop culture media franchise often ends up being “owned” by fans who feel that they’re owed certain plot directions because of their devotion to buying movie tickets. You can sometimes see their side of it when the consumer is the one who spends money on tix and pays for streaming.
When it comes to actors taking “ownership” of a particular character, you see some similarities. Brie Larson is one of the exceptions who spoke up about any sense of ownership over Captain Marvel.
Larson has developed a particular philosophy about the characters she plays in letting them become personal experiences for her audiences. At the same time, Larson says she’s able to empathize with the reality of her characters when acting at the moment.
When Variety recent said to Larson that Captain Marvel “seems too good for this world” and they asked her if the character is personally important to her. Larson said she does consider the superhero important within reason, yet uses a flow state when acting to tap into the reality of the characters she’s playing.
During times when portraying a character-based in reality, she often empathizes and places into her mind the pain those figures might have felt. It’s definitely not all about merely coming to work and realizing she’s on a film set. Larson uses her imagination to transport herself into the world of the character for a more believable performance.
No wonder her acting approaches are so genuine and won over Oscar voters for Room. Even if she created a divide from Marvel fans with her approach to Captain Marvel, she realized the impact the character was going to make.
To her, Carol Danvers became a metaphorical symbol she knew would have a lasting impact on future generations of young girls.