NME Festival blog: Brie Larson reveals intense ‘Captain Marvel’ training

The actor has been confirmed to play the superhero in a new standalone movie and ‘Avengers 4’

Brie Larson has revealed some of the intense training she had to do in preparation for starring in Captain Marvel.

The actor has been confirmed to play the titular role, also known as Carol Danvers, in the upcoming standalone Marvel movie. She will also appear in Avengers 4.

Speaking to Variety, Larson said she couldn’t reveal much about the part, but did explain what she had learned about herself from it. “I will say that I learned that I’m much stronger than I realise in playing her,” she said.

The star trained for nine months to increase her physical strength before beginning filming the movie, including some heavy weightlifting. “My highest right now is 215 lbs. in deadlifts [and] 400 lb. hip thrusts,” she said. “Being able to lift weight like that really changed my perspective and understanding of myself.”

“Going through a movie that requires so much and takes this long, I’m realising I’m way stronger than I knew,” she added.

Captain Marvel is set for release in March 2019. It focuses on Danvers, a pilot with the US Air Force who gains superhuman strength, endurance and the ability to fly following an accident in which her DNA is merged with an alien’s genes.


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