Meet Lashana Lynch, the Captain Marvel Star You’re About to Fall in Love With

Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL..Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch)..Photo: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2019

As we shut in on Marvel’s subsequent huge launch, Captain Marvel, we’re slowly uncovering an increasing number of intel about the incredibly powerful superhero. Even in the last couple of months, we have been handled to tons of trailers and particular seems to be, a couple of familiar faces, and one very fuzzy new sidekick. But if the recently released character posters advised us something, it is that Marvel is holding a secret or two shut to the chest. Case in level: the good Lashana Lynch, who performs Maria Rambeau, aka the finest pal and copilot of Captain Marvel’s human particular person, Carol Danvers.

In Summer 2018, Primetweets visited the LA set of Captain Marvel with a group of different journalists. During our time in the thick of the motion, we had been handled to an interview with Lynch. The undeniable fact that she’s becoming a member of the Marvel universe is big; not solely is she a contemporary face in the superhero world, however she’s a fairly latest newcomer in Hollywood, too. And right here she is, kicking ass alongside a badass feminine superhero in one in every of Marvel’s most necessary releases in the previous decade! To introduce you to the rising star, we have scribbled down a handful of fun info about the character . . . and the pleasant lady who performs her.

1. She Plays the Mother of a Well-Known Marvel Comics Character

“I play Maria Rambeau, who is the mother of Monica Rambeau, who we know from the comics,” Lynch revealed. In Marvel’s official database, Monica Rambeau notably takes the Captain Marvel namesake after she joins the Avengers. Lynch advised us throughout our go to that Monica is simply 11 in the movie, which means she probably hasn’t fairly developed her personal superpowers but. Even so, we won’t assist however really feel like that is a fairly straightforward bridge to a big-screen Captain Marvel sequel.

The comics do not appear to give a lot of details about Monica’s mom, Maria. Luckily, we had Lynch to fill us in: “We are going from the beginning, so we’re going from before Carol Danvers got her powers. We have us being set in the mid-’90s, which is nice, because we have lots of flashbacks. You know, memories that we all know and love.”

“My character, along with Carol Danvers, is a fighter pilot, so you catch a lot of us being the strong, driven, bold females in the workplace, in a male-oriented environment,” Lynch continued. “It’s nice to flash back and see that — see how women can really burst through being in that environment and still holding their own, and not having to have a man telling them what to do, where to stand, how to look. And also not be glamorous at work: not having to wear heels, and the pencil skirt, and be on their Ps and Qs, just being a complete badass going to work.”

2. Carol’s Relationship With Maria Is Actually Very Important

Not solely had been Maria and Carol finest associates as fighter pilots, however additionally they grew up collectively! “They were best friends in the beginning. Absolute best friends,” she mentioned. “They were in and out of each other’s houses. Carol was very close with Monica.” Because of that point collectively, Lynch revealed, they do have a fairly unimaginable bond. She mentioned they provide one another “strength, mainly, and spiritual strength. In order to do the job what we do — and especially with me being an African American female fighter pilot — any other woman just gets you, understands the journey. It gives you enough power [to] just go to work.”

Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL..L to R: Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), ..Photo: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2019

3. As a Matter of Fact, Maria Is the Key to Captain Marvel’s Reverse Awakening

So, in case you’re confused about the timeline, this is what I gleaned. Captain Marvel started her life on Earth, dwelling as a human. Eventually, her powers woke up, and he or she went off into area to combat intergalactic evil and whatnot. She forgets her human previous. Then, throughout the occasions of the movie, she should return to Earth, the place she unlocks all these items from her backstory that she did not understand had been there.

As it seems, her pal Maria could very effectively spark this main change in our hero. “There’s a certain energy that you share with your friends that you can’t get anywhere else, and she has these flashes of the feeling,” Lynch advised us. “The feeling of being herself through seeing her friend, the feeling of being at home through being in a home — which is mine — and the feeling of being normal and accepted, able to be herself without being an object — which I think is kind of what happens when she gets her powers.” That’s a fairly impactful piece of this fragmented puzzle.

4. Maria Will Absolutely Brush Shoulders With Nick Fury

Oh, sure. You’re undoubtedly going to witness a team-up of types between Carol, Maria, the young Nick Fury, and the fuzzy little Flerken referred to as Goose. Nick Fury completely components in majorly; Lynch mentioned he is “there to be Nick Fury, to save and support and make things happen” when Carol Danvers begins to come to phrases with her personal identity.” While we had been on set, we witnessed a scene in which Nick, Maria, and Captain Marvel all board an alien spacecraft. That means she’s undoubtedly alongside for the trip and never simply caught in the darkish on Earth!

Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL..L to R: Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) ..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

5. Fun Fact: Lynch Auditioned For Black Panther and Almost Got Picked

In the midst of our interview, Lynch revealed that she’s a longtime Marvel fan and had made it a aim for herself to get into a Marvel film. She actually had her sights set on Black Panther. “Literally, I used to be begging my manager to get me in Black Panther. I used to be in LA and so they hadn’t began but, as a result of they had been simply ending up on Spider-Man,” she recalled. “And I said, but I’m here now, and I could just do a tape. I’ll make up sides, and I’ll just do an audition, and it’ll be great.”

By now, the finish of the story must be clear. “It did not occur. I used to be capturing a sequence at the time, and despatched them the tape, and so they liked [it] . . . after which there was an age concern, like, I appeared too younger for one, and too old for the different, and that did not occur. I’m actually pleased, as a result of in the finish, Letitia Wright got it, and he or she is bombastic.

6. Maria’s Costume Has a Cute Little Easter Egg

An in depth have a look at Lynch’s costume revealed a very cute little element: she wears a necklace that spells “Monica” in attractive gold-plated lettering. “That was my idea,” Lynch mentioned, glowing. “Yeah, it says Monica, because it’s the ’90s.” How very Carrie Bradshaw of her.

Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8. Is it time but?!

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