Captain Marvel star Brie Larson was initially hesitant to accept the title role in the MCU Phase 3 production, but decided the film was worth doing in the end. Itís been a long time coming for Marvelís first solo female superhero film, but all the pieces are starting to come into place. Just last week, the studio announced Mississippi Grind directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will helm the project, which begins principal photography in February 2018. At the forefront of it all has been the Oscar-winner Larson, who was revealed as Carol Danvers during Marvelís Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con last year and has continuously voiced her excitement for the movie.

This is a big career step for the actress, as in typical MCU fashion she has a multi-picture contract in place that will see her portray Captain Marvel in various films over the next handful of years. As one can expect, it wasnít the easiest choice for Larson to make, and she didnít immediately want to jump into the MCU machine. It took her some time before she officially signed on.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Larson talked about being cast as Captain Marvel, revealing her primary motivation for taking the part on:

ďIt took me a really long time. I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it. Ultimately, I couldnít deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything thatís progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I wouldíve had growing up. I really, really feel like itís worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women Ė Iíll do it.Ē

Larson has made similar statements in the past, expressing her desire to be an inspiring figure for young girls in the audience, giving them a hero to look up to. Though she is obviously passionate about the material and seems like a strong fit for the role, it makes sense she took it under consideration for a while. Joining a mega franchise like the MCU is a huge commitment with lengthy production schedules and global promotional tours taking a toll. Even with the perks of international fame, itís clear that kind of working environment isnít for everyone, and some high-profile names have turned down blockbuster roles because theyíre uncomfortable with certain conditions. Obviously, Larson feels okay with the whole process and is excited to get started, so hopefully she can be an MCU mainstay as the torch gets passed to a new generation of characters.

Lack of diversity has been a pressing issue in the MCU thus far, but the studio is making plenty of strides in that department. Next year sees the release of Ryan Cooglerís Black Panther standalone, and a full-formed Wasp will be at the center of the Ant-Man sequel, fittingly titled Ant-Man & the Wasp. Of course, Captain Marvel is a key part of Marvelís plans moving forward, presenting the creative team with its own kinds of pressures to deal with. If it Ė along with DCís Wonder Woman film Ė can be successful critically and commercially, itíll be a monumental occasion for the comic book genre as a whole.