Get ready Marvel lovers, because three Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes are about to take over theaters! The Marvels, which premieres on Nov. 10, follows Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) aka Captain Marvel as her powers get entangled with two other superheroes, Ms Marvel/ Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris). Since this isn’t Marvel’s first female-led superhero film, this likely isn’t the first time you’ve seen Larson, Vellani, and Rambeau. All three women have helped Marvel Studios push roles that revolve around female superheroes, through projects such as Captain Marvel, WandaVision, and Ms. Marvel.
While all three actresses ultimately come together in The Marvels to, well, save the world, they each come from different acting backgrounds. With Larson, Parris, and Vellani starring in hit series and movies over the years, then you’ve most definitely come across these women and their work before now.
The Heroine Herself: Brie Larson aka Captain Marvel
Oscar-winning actress, Brie Larson, starred in many films before The Marvels, including Room, Short Term 12, Avengers: Endgame, and Captain Marvel. She also plays the lead in Apple TV+’s Lessons In Chemistry, which premiered on Oct. 13. Comparingly, both Lessons In Chemistry and Captain Marvel have portrayed Larson’s characters, Elizabeth Zott and Carol Danvers respectively, as women of leadership. In the MCU, Larson plays Carol, a former Air Force pilot and intelligence agent for NASA, who accidentally turns into “a human-kree hybrid with extraordinary powers.” In Lessons In Chemistry, the actress stars as a female chemist in the 1950s who lands her own television cooking show where she teaches women they can be more than just housewives. It’s exciting to see Larson’s empowering role as Elizabeth in Lessons in Chemistry transpire into her save-the-day antics in The Marvels.
“No one person can do it all… like the world doesn’t become a better place by one person… certainly not one lady,” Larson explains in a July 2023 interview with Entertainment Weekly. “So its like with that, you need all kinds of skill sets, all kinds of people with different viewpoints and different backgrounds in order to save the world.”
The Intellectual Thinker: Teyonah Parris aka Monica Rambeau
Teyonah Parris finally received the recognition she deserved thanks to her role as Monica Rambeau in WandaVision, so it’s exciting to see how her character’s evolved in The Marvels. Parris has starred in movies such as Candyman, The Photograph, and They Cloned Tyrone. As for her character in The Marvels, Monica Rambeau manipulates light and energy to restabilize the universe, along with Carol Denvers and Kamala Khan.
In July 2023, Parris told Entertainment Weekly, “I’m excited that MCU has three lead women, all from very diverse backgrounds, and they’re all baddies in their own way.”
The Adventurous Daydreamer: Iman Vellani aka Ms. Marvel
Iman Vellani is fairly new to the MCU, as she made her debut in the Disney+ miniseries Ms. Marvel in 2022. Her bubbly, curious, and adventurous character, Kamala Khan, is a big fan of the famous Captain Marvel and is so inspired by the heroine that she accidentally gains superpowers through her “personal self-expression” bangle.
Like Vellani, Kamala Khan’s Pakistani and Muslim-American roots diversify the world of Marvel.
Vellani expressed how much she enjoyed working with her fellow co-stars and superheroes, Larson and Parris, in a 2022 interview with IMDb.
It seems like Larson, Parris, and Vellani are setting the tone for what girl power should look like! As a fan of Marvel movies, I certainly can’t wait to see them channel their inner baddies in The Marvels.