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When Marvel opens its “Captain Marvel” later this month, the Brie Larson-starring superhero feature will mark a major sea change for the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. It’s the first wholly female-led superhero film in the MCU’s decade-long history, and it’s the first MCU film to be directed by a female filmmaker (“Mississippi Grind” and “Sugar” filmmaker Anna Boden co-directs alongside her long-time filmmaking partner Ryan Fleck). And, as Larson has made clear, its press coverage will look different, too, as the Oscar winner has been outspoken about making her press days more diverse than she’s seen over the course of her own career.
The actress and filmmaker made headlines last year for calling out the gender imbalance within the film criticism world while accepting an award at the Crystal + Lucy Awards. And her assertion that “there is an insanely low chance a woman of color will have a chance to see your movie and review your movie” is backed up by recent research from USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which found that only 22.2 percent of 2017 reviews for the top-grossing films were written by women, while critics from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds represented only 18 percent.
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“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 in a recent Marie Claire interview. “Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive.”
For “Captain Marvel” co-star Samuel L. Jackson, Larson’s public push to open up press opportunities to underrepresented groups wasn’t something he necessarily knew needed to be done, but it’s made him more aware of the kind of disparities his co-star is attempting to rectify. In a recent interview with IndieWire, Jackson said, “It’s good...
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