Brie Larson may have been disillusioned with her Marvel character as a result of negative fan reaction.
Larson, who plays Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in The Marvels, has had her fair share of criticism since joining the super-powered franchise. For better or worse, the comic book movie genre and blockbuster entertainment have seen an increase in negative and provocative comments from trolls.
In Larson’s case, a significant portion of the criticism has been related to, as her fellow MCU co-star Samuel L. Jackson once noted, individuals who express hostility toward strong female characters. Sexist remarks have been directed at both her superhero persona, the films in which she appears, and the actress herself.
Joanna Robinson, author of the recent book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, stated Larson had “[grown] disillusioned” with working with Marvel Studios.
“The future of those Marvel icons was unclear. The departure of franchise anchors like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson had already taken its toll, as had the shocking loss of Chadwick Boseman, but other MCU stalwarts were heading for the exits. The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ cast went on a farewell tour, Brie Larson grew disillusioned, and Marvel tussled with Sony in a custody battle over Tom Holland.”
Despite Marvel’s apparent desire to establish the series’ future on the shoulders of Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, and Black Panther, Larson answered a question about returning beyond the upcoming The Marvels film, “Does anyone want me to do it again?”
Robinson explained her writing in the book when speaking on The Ringer’s The Watch series. “The toxic backlash means that Brie Larson doesn’t want to play Carol Danvers anymore.”