Behind the triumph of every super hero is a trusted ally. For Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) aka Captain Marvel, it’s the strong-minded Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), a former test fighter pilot and Carol’s best friend and loyal confidante.
Carol and Maria’s friendship is just one of the many highlights and why Filipino fans have embraced Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.” The film’s recent five-day opening weekend ranks as the all-time 4th biggest in Philippine history, as well as the highest first stand-alone character MCU opening weekend, and biggest March opening weekend ever.
In “Captain Marvel,” while Carol struggles with figuring out her past, a big part of it is Maria Rambeau, who has been her best friend since their days as test pilots in the Air Force.
Lashana Lynch, who makes her American feature film debut playing Maria, describes the special friendship Maria has with Carol, saying, “It’s beautiful to see the female relationship that we have—the closeness, the sisterhood, the love—and the fact that it has been them against the world.”
The British actress was also excited when she found out that the studio was going to give Marvel’s most powerful Super Hero her chance in the limelight and tell her whole story from the beginning.
“Being a part of this is so special as its the first female superhero to have her own film,” Lynch continues. “You also see our first MCU female director. You see the first black female single mother in the MCU, female writers and female camera operators. There are just so many females everywhere that it is undeniably a feminist film. We have come so far along in the industry that it feels like there are so many people that are still a step behind, but Marvel is right where they need to be.”
Lynch further elaborates, “In 2018 alone Marvel had a black superhero with a black family who are royalty, and it is set in Africa. And then they have a female superhero who has a female best friend with a female child. Everything is just so female heavy, and that’s one of the things I stand for. So, it was really important to me that I was a part of something that was representing that positively.”
As to her co-stars, Lynch shares “I was a big fan of Brie Larson for a long time. I think she’s amazing. Sam Jackson has been great to get to know and been very good to do this first Marvel movie with for me because he’s done so many, and he knows exactly what he’s talking about. He knows how to maneuver around this set like water. So, that’s great to capture.”
Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is now playing Philippines theaters nationwide. Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #CaptainMarvelPH