The Russo Brothers Explain Captain Marvel’s “New Look” in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Remember when the second Avengers: Endgame trailer premiered and several people online freaked out about Carol Danvers apparently having makeup on? Well, The Russo Brothers have arrived to calm the storm.

Fans expressed their anger about the character’s appearance in Avengers: Endgame, saying Carol Danvers looks overly-styled and made-up. Compared to her look in her solo film, which had her wear less makeup and have messier hair, Endgame Carol had noticeably straighter hair and lipstick on. So, were fans right to call out Marvel for the supposed male gaze placed on their biggest female hero? Apparently… not.

During the Avengers: Endgame press junket, /Filmgot a chance to ask the Russo brothers if they could address Captain Marvel’s changed look. The directors said that while they give an outline to how a character should look but the makeup and hairstyles of all the characters are actually decided by the actors and their makeup team.

Endgame was actually the first time that Larson stepped into the Captain Marvel role, and that she was the one who chose how Carol would look for her scenes.

“This was Brie’s first time playing the character,” Joe Russo said. “She [filmed Avengers: Endgame] before she filmed Captain Marvel, and I think she was experimenting with what the character was. And those were the choices that she and her hair and makeup team had made.”

Joe Russo then added that, after filming Endgame, Larson became more confident with the character:

“I think as she started to gain a deeper understanding of the character, especially as she approached her own movie, she started to make different choices and as an artist she should be afforded that right to make whatever choice that she wants to make.

Larson then jumped in to confirm that her scenes in Endgamecame well before she performed in her stand-alone movie, even though that was released first.

“This film will always be personally dear to me because it is my first time playing Captain Marvel,” Larson said. “I had to stumble and try to figure out who this character was with no script for this, and no script for Captain Marvel either, and perform for the first time in front of legends.”

So, there you have it. It was Larson who decided that Carol would look the way she does in Endgame as well as how she looked in her solo film. She was still testing the waters, seeing what worked and what didn’t. This will hopefully calm those who accused Marvel of screwing with the character’s appearance.

Avengers: Endgame hits theatres on April 26, 2019.

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