Brie Larson has revealed that she turned down the offer to play Captain Marvel twice before finally taking up the titular role. She made her debut in the standalone film Captain Marvel in 2019 and then reprised her role in Avengers: Endgame.
On her official YouTube channel, Brie posted a new video as the second part of her Audition Storytime series. She discussed how she auditioned for a wide range of roles in various films and television projects and faced multiple rejections. She said, “That's a lot of heartbreak, folks,” and proceeded to name the films and series she was rejected for like Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Avatar, Sucker Punch, Halt and Catch Fire, The Big Bang Theory, Gulliver’s Travels, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, The Book of Eli, Get Him to the Greek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Juno and Pitch Perfect.
The Oscar winner narrated the story of how she landed the Captain Marvel gig. She revealed that she was filming for Kong: Skull Island when she was approached for Captain Marvel. Her immediate instinct was to refuse and recalled thinking, “Oh, I can’t do that. I have too much anxiety. That’s too much for me. I don’t think I could handle that.” However, Marvel persisted and she thought, “I’m too much of an introvert. That’s way too big of a thing for me.”
She was on board when she took a meeting with Marvel, where she was shown some early concept art and costume designs. She said she was ‘really moved’ by what she saw and said, “I was very surprised by the way that they were talking about feminism and the way they were handling it. It was amazing, I loved everything they had to say.” Brie also revealed that she was told the film would have “all female writers, a female director... and as many female voices in this as possible.”