In a video for InStyle’s Woman with Desk and Chair Brie Larson hears a doorbell ringing and claims “That was the patriarchy that was ringing on my parade.”
Watch it here:
It’s difficult to tell if the comment is made tongue in cheek or if the actress was being serious. However, given a number of her recent comments it’s more in line that she’s being serious about the patriarchy “oppressing her.”
In a separate interview with InStyle done by Marvel Comics VP Sana Amanat Larson declared that Captain Marvel is her “form of activism.”
“The movie was the biggest and best opportunity I could have ever asked for. It was, like, my superpower. This could be my form of activism: doing a film that can play all over the world and be in more places than I can be physically.”
She would elaborate on what that actually means:
“Inclusion has to be a choice; it’s not happening naturally. You really have to fight for it.”
Amanat would explain that Larson “pledged to spotlight other women behind the scenes, insisting on gender and racial parity in the press and wearing mostly female designers.”
Larson would tell Keah Brown at Marie Claire that she wants fewer white men on the Captain Marvel tour.
“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. 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.”
During a set visit last May, Larson would reveal that Marvel Studios approached her to make Captain Marvel a “big feminist movie.” This would be confirmed by director Anna Boden who stated, “The story lends itself to it. We’re not trying to make this movie about all women. We can’t make it about all women’s journeys, but just be really true to this woman’s journey.”
As for Larson implying the patriarchy is somehow holding her back, it couldn’t be further from the truth. The Hollywood Reporter notes the actress is getting paid a whopping $5 million for playing Carol Danvers in the upcoming Captain Marvel film.
Chris Hemsworth made $200,000 for his first appearance as Thor. Chris Evans reportedly made $300,000 for Captain America: The First Avenger. It would increase over time with the success of the franchise. He allegedly made $6.9 million for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Tom Holland reportedly only got $250,000 for his appearance as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. He would see a pay bump with Spider-Man: Homecoming reportedly bringing in $1.5 million.
Chris Pratt allegedly made $1.5 million in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film.
Scarlett Johannson who plays Black Widow reportedly made $400,00 in her first appearance in Iron Man 2. Go Social suggests she made between $5.4 million and $6.9 million for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Johannson allegedly negotiated for $15 million for the upcoming Black Widow solo film.
As for the man who started it all, Robert Downey Jr. only earned $500,000 in the first Iron Man. However, given the success of the franchise jump-started by Downey Jr.’s take on Tony Stark, he is reportedly going to make around $200 million for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
I would say Larson is doing pretty well for an untested actress and character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.