Marvel Cinematic Universe is more empowered than ever. A month after its release, Marvel Studios’ first female-fronted film, Captain Marvel is breaking records, even though mixed reactions over the story’s base or Brie Larson’s portrayal of a female superhero are still pouring in. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Captain Marvel has made $1 billion worldwide at the box office — a feat that only 37 other films have managed to accomplish so far.
- Captain Marvel is now the ninth live-action superhero film to gross in the billions, after Avengers: Infinity War ($2.048 billion) which still tops the category.
- Only 37 films to date have earned $1 billion.
- Brie Larson will reprise her role as Captain Marvel in Avengers: Endgame, releasing on April 26.
Captain Marvel is the first female superhero movie ever to hit the $1 billion mark. It has collected a massive $358 million in the United States, and an additional $645 million overseas, according to IMDb.
The film was released on International Women’s Day (March 8). It also breaks another major record as the director Anna Boden is now the first woman to ever direct a live-action movie that has grossed $1 billion.
Also, Anna Boden becomes the first female to direct a live action movie that grossed $1 billion. https://t.co/nDYYuMWTkS
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) April 4, 2019
The film also surpassed its DC counterpart Wonder Woman, which had domestically earned over USD 100 million in its first weekend in June 2017.
The film also features Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury. Jackson recently took to Instagram to share a photo of himself in a new Captain Marvel t-shirt, and used the catchphrase #HigherFurtherFaster.
“I have a daughter and I have a wife who feels undervalued,” Jackson told reporters during a visit to the film’s set. He further added, “Because she is a black woman, she is in the business and she’s been in this business longer than I have. She was a professional actor when she was a kid and doing all this stuff. And she’s a specific body type and a specific…skin tone. Which is not the preferred skin tone of this business basically. I mean, Viola Davis is the biggest dark skinned star. And… being able to uplift women in a very specific way, I grew up in a house full of women. Who always made me feel special. And made me tow a specific line. I understand a lot about who they are and what they felt just because I heard it. And I had to experience it every day. How hard the world is for women specifically.”
Speaking about working with his co-star, he explained, “And to work with Brie who has a very political aware sense of self, who is not afraid to use her platform to push female agendas has been a real joy. This is my third movie with her. I did Kong with her, so we went all over the world. And then I did her movie, Unicorn Store. And to be a part of this specific story where she has such an enormous responsibility, especially in the success of the Marvel Universe and what it means every time there’s a Marvel film. And to look at what happened last year with Wonder Woman, DC almost figured it out with that movie. To know what’s going to happen when this movie does actually hit theaters for women and little girls is going to be amazing.”
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