Brie Larson makes history with her first superhero role.
Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, made cinematic history this weekend as the most successful opening weekend for any female-led superhero film.
The Marvel Studios' film boasted the sixth biggest opening weekend ever, making approximately $455 million (about €403 million) at the global box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This marks the second biggest opening for a comic book movie, following Avengers: Infinity War last year, which made around $641 million (about €568 million).
As the face of the film, Larson has handled toxic criticism with grace and savvy. In interviews, she has championed how empowering her role is, how important the character is, and how it’s unapologetically feminist.
“There’s just no question that we would have to show what it means to be all different kinds of women, that we don’t just have one type,” Larson told Entertainment Weekly.
“To me, that’s a part of what the meditation of this movie is: It’s female strength, but what is female strength? What are the different ways that can look?”
She has also talked about the responsibility she feels under the gigawatt spotlight that’s been turned on her now that she’s Captain Marvel.
“I’ve never craved the spotlight that often comes along with success in this business,” she told Marie Claire.
“It’s a by-product of the profession and a sign of the times. But any uncomfortableness I feel is balanced by the knowledge that it gives me the ability to advocate for myself and others.”
Larson – who stars as heroine Carol Danvers in the film – gets caught up in an intergalactic adventure. It follows the journey of Captain Marvel uncovering her other life and using her powers to end a war, alongside her co-stars Gemma Chan and Lashana Lynch.
"Marvel Studios once again proves that stories combining diverse perspectives and different experiences make great movies that play to everybody. People crave representation," says Disney distribution chief Cathleen Taff to THR.
"Higher, further, faster, baby."
Captain Marvel is in cinemas now.