Captain Marvel's Carol Danvers doesn't have an apparent love interest in trailer for the film, and according to star Brie Larson, that's because the film's "love story" is actually the story of her close friendship and platonic love with fellow pilot Maria Rambeau, played by Lashana Lynch.
"I think because it’s 2019, and what 2019 is about, really, is intersectional feminism. There’s just no question that we would have to show what it means to be all different kinds of women, that we don’t just have one type," Larson told Entertainment Weekly. "It became a great opportunity, even with things like the love story."
"[We wanted] to make that big love - that lost love, that love that’s found again - be with [Carol’s] best friend," she continued. "To show that, that’s incredibly powerful and gripping, and you could go to the ends of the Earth and fight till the end for your best friend. It’s perfect to me and so meaningful. To me, that’s a part of what the meditation of this movie is: It’s female strength, but what is female strength? What are the different ways that can look?"
Unfortunately, there was one onscreen friendship that didn't extend to the real world - the one between Carol Danvers and Goose, the cat. The love lost between the co-stars is down to one unavoidable factor: Larson is "severely allergic" to cats, including Reggie who plays Goose.
"I’m severely allergic. Not just kind of allergic - like, very, very allergic," Larson confessed. "[I was taking Benadryl] all day. It became this joke because the crew would watch me all day doing crazy stunts. I did that ropes course stunt 50 feet up in the air on the first week. I threw [a stunt person] in a judo throw on a moving train, day two. But then the cat showed up on set and I was like, 'We need to have a plan! We need to have a conversation!' I see cat hair flying, [and] I’ve got maybe 10 minutes before I break out in hives."
Nick Fury actor Samuel L. Jackson, a close real-life friend to Larson, did get along with Reggie, though.
"All those things are snack-oriented," Jackson joked. "You give them a snack, you talk to them in a relatively kind tone, and give them another snack when it’s over. Next time they see you, it’s like, 'Oh, that’s the dude with the snacks!'."
"I mean, that’s basically how I work, too," quipped Larson.
Captain Marvel debuts in North American theaters March 8.