Brie Larson May Be Axed as Captain Marvel, Fans Convinced Her Time Is Up

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Brie Larson looking forlorn in 'The Marvels'

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After the disastrous opening of The Marvels (2023), some fans are convinced that Brie Larson may get the boot as Captain Marvel.

Brie Larson’s time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t exactly been smooth. Since her debut in Captain Marvel (2019), a certain (very toxic) portion of the fanbase has rooted for her failure, arguing that she’s too cold and arrogant for the role of Carol Danvers. Some are also convinced that her fellow Avengers cast do not like her, with most of them basing that opinion off one interview with her co-star Chris Hemsworth (Thor), in which the pair are very clearly joking.

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) stands next to Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani)
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Despite the naysayers, Larson’s first Marvel film debuted to impressive numbers. Captain Marvel took home $1.131 billion at the box office, overtaking Wonder Woman (2017) to become the highest-grossing female-led superhero film of all time.

Her most recent entry, however, hasn’t been quite as successful. The long-awaited Captain Marvel sequel debuted earlier this month and saw Larson team up with Iman Vellani (Kamala Khan, AKA Ms Marvel) and Teyonah Parris (Monica Rambeau) as their three characters try to discover why they keep switching places every time they use their powers. Directed by Nia DaCosta, it also sees Samuel L Jackson return as Nick Fury, and Zawe Ashton debut as the villainous Dar-Benn, a warrior from the Kree empire.

The Marvels has received positive reviews – but has also received some not-so-positive reviews. Critical responses to the film have been so mixed that it currently has 62% on Rotten Tomatoes, giving it the third-lowest rating in the entire Marvel franchise so far.

The cast of 'The Marvels' in space
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As of November 21, the film has taken home just $161,502,112 at the box office worldwide, meaning it’s extremely unlikely to break even by the end of its theatrical run. Considering all the shifts happening at Marvel right now, some fans fear that the blame will fall on Captain Marvel and Brie Larson herself – potentially even leading to her exit from the MCU.

In a recent interview, Larson confirmed that she hopes to continue playing Carol Danvers in future Marvel movies. “There’s still so much inside Carol,” she explained. “I don’t want Marvel to come for me … there is definitely something that I want to say, but I am not going to.”

Brie Larson as Carol Davers/Captain Marvel in 'The Marvels'
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However, fans swiftly pointed out that keeping the role may not be her choice. “Those box office returns might say goodbye for her,” pointed out X (formerly known as Twitter) user @Chilango83.

The Marvels is the biggest flop of the year,” said user @Harryca40165825. Brie Larson needs to be fired.

Meanwhile, @Comfort4Ballum said, “Time to fire Brie Larson. The fans hate her and she can’t act. Shes not meant to be a blockbuster actress. She should go back to indie films.

Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in 'The Marvels'
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Not everyone seems as convinced that Larson is on her way out of the Marvel universe. As several fans pointed out, Larson is perfect for the role of Captain Marvel – it’s just the writing that has let her down so far. “Marvel just has to do better by giving her better stories and arcs,” said @EricJHovland.

“She hasn’t been given good material yet,” said @k33pp0unding. “She’s one of the best actors in the MCU, yet has been given shallow scripts.”

Regardless of how fans feel, it’s up to Marvel to decide whether Larson returns for another project in the future. There had previously been rumors that Larson was ready to leave the franchise herself in the wake of the toxicity surrounding her role as Carol Danvers. At the same time, there were also rumors that Marvel had once hoped to establish her as one of the next ‘big three’ to lead the Avengers following the exits of Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans.

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel flying with Goose on her shoulder in The Marvels
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We’ll have to wait and see how Captain Marvel’s future plays out in the franchise. With the box office return so low for The Marvels, a third standalone film may be a tall order. However, we can’t imagine Marvel writing her character out off-screen, meaning a return for Larson is all but guaranteed at some point.

Meanwhile, Larson was repeatedly replaced as the singing voice of Envy Adams in Scott Pilgrim Takes Off – Netflix’s recent anime remake of the cult classic film in which Larson starred in 2010. Earlier this year, she made her debut in another franchise with her appearance in Fast X (2023).

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