Brie Larson clarifies her earlier comments about wanting more diversity in Captain Marvel press junkets. Playing Carol Danvers in the Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck-directed movie, the actress will be the future of the MCU as franchise's founding heroes like Iron Man, Thor and Captain America are expected to bid goodbye after Avengers: Endgame.
With just a little bit over two weeks before Captain Marvel hits theatres all over the globe, the multi-city press tour for the flick is already in high gear. The film was screened in full for the first time early this week and initial reactions from critics have been generally positive. That being said, there's a minor controversy clouding the project after Larson shared that she "started paying attention to what my press days looked like and the critics reviewing movies, and noticed it appeared to be overwhelmingly white male." After that, she "decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive" to give the same opportunities to everyone. This comment didn't sit well with some people, especially when it's been misinterpreted and taken out of context. Now, Larson is addressing the issue to hopefully settle it once and for all.
Sitting down with FOX DC as part of doing the press rounds for Captain Marvel, Larson was asked about how her aforementioned statement about wanting to see a more diverse group of journalists doing junkets being taken out of context. While the actress didn't seem like she was in-the-know the her comment has been misconstrued online, she acknowledged it and reiterated that she's not trying to alienate any group, all she wants is for everyone to have the opportunity. "What I’m looking for is to bring more seats up to the table. No one is getting their chair taken away. There’s not less seats at the table, there’s just more seats at the table,” she said.
Since Larson made the statement during the early stages of Captain Marvel promotion, some have come out and expressed their displeasure with regard her quote. Some of them who fit the white male demographic felt that Larson is specifically targeting them in her comments as if they film's not for them. Her comment was even the focal point of most bomb reviews for the project on Rotten Tomatoes. That said, although the movie is admittedly geared towards the female populous considering that Captain Marvel is the first female headlining hero in the franchise, that doesn't mean that no one else can find something to love in the movie.
Larson's previous comments shouldn't have been controversial in the first place. She was straight to the point regarding wanting more diversity in the press members partaking in Captain Marvel's and other films' junkets which isn't a bad thing at all. However, while the clarification wasn't necessary, giving out one in the said interview allowed her to expound on her original opinion, which will hopefully eliminate the misunderstanding that rooted from her initial statement. Based on social media reactions from the early screenings for the movie that boost early ticket sales, it's safe to assume that it'll do just fine at the box office. But it also doesn't hurt that the actress addressed the commotion once and for all.
Source: FOX DC