It might just be the biggest news to break at this year’s San Diego Comic Con: Brie Larson will officially be suiting up as Carol Danvers for Marvel’s Captain Marvel film. Fans took to the Internet to share their reactions to the casting, and for many comic enthusiasts, they waited to see what Kelly Sue DeConnick had to say about the announcement. And, as always, the awarding-winning writer thoughtfully responded to her loyal fans.
For those unaware of DeConnick’s connection with Captain Marvel, you need to only look back to 2012. Between 2012-2015, DeConnick used her time as a Marvel freelancer to write Captain Marvel. And, while the writer surely won’t fess up to it, many credit DeConnick’s writing for giving Carol the push she needed to become the hugely popular character that she is today. Turning her readers into die-hard ‘Carol Corps’ members, DeConnick holds a lot of sway over some fans’ opinions on Captain Marvel. So, initially, the writer was hesitant to comment on the casting.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, DeConnick said, “I’m in a position where so many of the fans will look to me for a cue. I didn’t want anyone who was cast to feel unsupported or second choice.” But, now that Brie Larson has secured her role, DeConnick has now spoken out about talented actress.
Comparing Brie Larson to her personal fan-casting of Kathleen Turner, DeConnick said, “She [Larson] has a gravitas and she has a power to her. But you can see she also has a sense of humor and playfulness there. I’m psyched.” And, ever aware of the comic fandom, DeConnick also commented on the budding complaints fans have regarding Larson’s casting, mainly about the actress’ stature and age.
“We spend so much time telling women, you’re not this enough and you’re not that,” she said. "I am emphatically on her team no mtter [sic] how old she is because she’s the one who got it. She’s publicly had this role for 24 hours. I have a lot people following my lead and I’m not going to tell the choir that she’s not right.”
While DeConnick has no idea where Captain Marvel will meet Carol when it hits theaters, most fans and critics expect to see many elements of her writing embedded throughout the film. “I would feel very proud if I recognize my story’s DNA,” she said. But, of course, DeConnick would be hesitant to ever take any of the film’s credit from its female screenwriters, Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve.
Now that DeConnick has spoken, it’s up to The Carol Corps to band together and bring support Captain Marvel despite its distant release date. After all, that kind of support is what Carol herself would love to see.