Well, you can’t say you didn’t see this coming
As first reported by IndieWire, in an interview with Marie Claire, Actress Brie Larson is making sure that her press tour for the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Captain Marvel will not be overwhelmingly white and male. Larson handpicked Keah Brown, an African-American disabled female journalist to be her interviewer.
“About a year ago, I started paying attention to what my press days looked like and the critics reviewing movies, and noticed it appeared to be overwhelmingly white male,” Larson said when asked about her reasons for choosing Brown as her interviewer. “So, I spoke to Dr. Stacy Smith at the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who put together a study to confirm that. Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive. After speaking with you, the film critic Valerie Complex and a few other women of color, it sounded like across the board they weren’t getting the same opportunities as others. When I talked to the facilities that weren’t providing it, they all had different excuses.”
“I don’t need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work about ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’” the actress says “It wasn’t made for him. I want to know what it meant to women of color, biracial women, to teen women of color.”
Larson has been working with the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative which is a department that seeks to point out the lack of ‘diversity’ in multiple aspects in the film industry, this includes members of the film press as well. Disney has been driving hard on the marketing for Captain Marvel as the first female-led superhero film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Kevin Feige has stated that they plan on making her character the face of the MCU following Avengers: Endgame. One can only wait and wonder if her displeasure with her press media being too white or too male will turn off some fans from seeing the film when it releases in theaters on March 8th.