Brie Larson “Grateful” to Break Female-Led Movie $1 Billion Glass Ceiling with ‘Captain Marvel’

Oscar winning actress Brie Larson knows her film history in regards to female influence in front of and behind the cameras, but also understands the modern response to a woman’s success. Not only has she been awarded top honors for her 2015 stellar performance in Room, but just this month, the first female-fronted Marvel Studios solo superhero film Captain Marvel passed the landmark milestone of $1 billion dollars at the world wide box office. It was also the first female-directed live-action superhero film (even though yes, Anna Boden did have co-director Ryan Fleck), as well as the first female-composed (Pinar Toprak) film to hit that number.

Brie Larson "Grateful" to Break Female-Led Movie $1 Billion Glass Ceiling with 'Captain Marvel'
Brie Larson at the world premiere of “Captain Marvel” Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

During the Women in the World conference in New York City on April 10th, Larson commented on the history of women in cinema, and how she feels to have starred in such a groundbreaking picture.

Brie Larson arrives for the “Captain Marvel” premiere
Photo by DFree / Shutterstock.com

“We put unnecessary pressure on ourselves,” Larson said. “I understand film history. I know that the film industry started with a majority of women. It started with women filmmakers. This weird idea that women maybe can’t open movies or are not important to storytelling or the female story is not high art, it’s bogus. I don’t want to for a second buy into it.

“I’m very grateful to have broken this glass ceiling of normalizing the concept that women can also make a billion dollars. I don’t know why that was so hard to comprehend in the first place. It’s just like we’re human, whatever. If people needed this to be another reminder this decade [that minority groups can open movies and make a billion dollars] then great, I’m here, I did it.”

Yes you did indeed do it, Brie. Thank you.

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Captain Marvel is still in theaters, and we’ll be seeing Larson as Carol Danvers again when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th.

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. 



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