‘Captain Marvel’: “Female Strength” of Carol Danvers’ Friendship with Maria Rambeau

Captain Marvel isn’t just about celebrating the strength and abilities of one pretty badass woman, it’s also about Carol Danvers’ friendship with Maria Rambeau and how the two can overcome numerous challenges to support each other.

Lashanna Lynch plays Maria Rambeau, fellow Air Force pilot and best friend of Captain Carol Danvers.  We see them go through a lot in the various trailers and tv spots released for the feature film, but the friendship between the two strong women is at the core of the movie.

Lashana Lynch
Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

Lynch told Nerdist (in a pretty fabulous interview that we highly suggest you take the time to read) a bit about the relationship between the two pilots:

NERDIST: Within this close friendship that these characters have, what is their dynamic? How are they with each other?

Lashana Lynch: They have a very dry humor together. You know when you love someone and you pretend like you hate them? They have that little bit of a slightly unlikely boisterous, deeply loving, caring sister love. They have a sisterhood about them that is really nice to see in a Marvel movie. They’re in a male-orientated environment and industry, and all they have is each other, those female fighter pilots. So yeah, they’re extremely close, extremely.

Brie Larson and Lashana Lynch
Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

Brie Larson followed that up in a different Nerdist interview, saying:

“I think the Maria dynamic is really important in this movie. She’s the representation of love in this film. And it’s something that I’m very proud of, that love relationship. It’s a deep love relationship; it’s not by the same lustful definition that we usually attribute to movies of this size. It’s more complex and also I think more meaningful than most love relationships that I see in films like this.”

Larson also spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the importance of female friendship, and the familial ties of Carol to the Rambeau family:

EW: This film is Carol Danvers’ story, but it’s also a story about female friendship, especially in Carol’s relationship with Maria Rambeau [Lashana Lynch] and her daughter [Akira Akbar]. What was it about that theme you wanted to explore?

LARSON: I think because it’s 2019, and what 2019 is about, really, is intersectional feminism. 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. It became a great opportunity, even with things like the love story. [We wanted] to make that big love— that lost love, that love that’s found again—be with [Carol’s] best friend. To show that, that’s incredibly powerful and gripping, and you could go to the ends of the Earth and fight till the end for your best friend. It’s perfect to me and so meaningful. 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?

The first “public” screening of Captain Marvel happened in Los Angeles and so far, the reactions are overwhelmingly positive. Everyone loves Goose the cat, everyone loves Ben Mendelsohn, and everyone LOVES Brie Larson as the good Captain. (You can read about the first reactions here.)

Anna Boden (first female director for Marvel Studios, only took 21 films) and Ryan Fleck are directing from a script they wrote with Liz FlahiveCarly MenschMeg LeFauveNicole Perlman, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet.

Captain Marvel stars Oscar winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce (who may or may not have two names), Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace returning as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Skull Commander Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez SotoMcKenna Grace, and Annette Bening in as-yet-undisclosed roles.

Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters on March 8th 2019 (International Women’s Day), and tickets are on sale now.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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