‘Captain Marvel’ sends female superheroes soaring to new heights

Saara Chaudry
Story by Saara Chaudry and CBC Kids News • 2019-03-08 12:00

Star Lashana Lynch talks to CBC Kids News contributor Saara Chaudry about Marvel’s latest comic book blockbuster

Captain Marvel is flying into movie theatres from an all-new, all-different direction.

The latest entry in the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe is not only set in the distant 1990s — when your parents were probably kids — it’s also their first to star a solo female superhero.

CBC Kids News contributor Saara Chaudry sat down with Captain Marvel co-star Lashana Lynch, who was in Toronto for the Canadian premiere.

The British actress plays Maria Rambeau, a former U.S. Air Force pilot, single mom and BFF to Captain Marvel herself, Carol Danvers.

“Her and Carol grew up in the military and they trained together, created a bond. When Carol disappeared she kind of felt like a part of herself was gone as well,” Lynch said.

Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau (left) beside Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. (Marvel Entertainment)

“So when [Carol] re-entered her life, it's like when you haven't seen your friend in, like, a day and you're like, ‘I can't live without you! Never leave me again.’"

Lynch said that tight friendship was also felt offscreen between her and Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel.

Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau (left) beside Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. (Marvel Entertainment)

The release of the movie, which also sets up next month’s Avengers: Endgame, coincides with International Women’s Day on March 8.

Lynch says this is perfect timing.

“We just get to watch ourselves having fun on screen and taking over the world, which doesn't always happen. It's nice to universally have that experience together all in one go and just celebrate the movie, celebrate each other, and celebrate where we can go as women.”

Lynch says she’s proud to be in such a groundbreaking movie for female fans, and hopes it changes the way these sorts of movies are made.

Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau in the Captain Marvel poster. (Marvel Entertainment)

“This is really a special moment for us, but we want it to be to the point where we don't really have to talk about it anymore and we're just like, ‘Oh, there’s 10 movies out this year that are fronted by a female superhero,’” she said.

“I didn't have that when I was a kid, and it's nice that a lot of the younger generation is now going to get to experience that. Their mentality is going to be completely different. They're going to grow up very literally knowing that they can take over the world.

“They'll probably be able to do what Captain Marvel can do in 10 years from now.”

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About the Contributor

Saara Chaudry
Saara Chaudry
CBC Kids News Contributor
Saara is passionate about having a positive impact on the world, whether it's within her community, on the big screen, or in her role as a CBC Kids News contributor. The Grade 12 student from Toronto played Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Howie on Max & Shred, Dana's older sister on Dino Dana, and Martina Crowe on The Mysterious Benedict Society. Outside of film and media, Saara is an award-winning international debater and public speaker. She is the current Ontario Debate and Public Speaking Champion. She is also a vociferous advocate for gender and racial equality, as well as girls' education. Saara was recently appointed a UNICEF Canada Youth Advocate in 2020.

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