TBB Talks to … Lashana Lynch aka Captain Marvel’s ‘Maria Rambeau’

Lashana Lynch joins the ever-growing list of British Black talent being cast in mega sci-fi-fantasy blockbusters!

Cast as best friend to Captain Marvel, Lashana Lynch is Maria Rambeau an Air Force Pilot and mother to Monica Rambeau. Captain Marvel is the 21st film and the first solo woman led film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) (Antman & the Wasp released last year, was the first with a women lead but as the title shows it was shared).

Hugely anticipated after the soul-destroying (to those invested of course) Avengers Infinity War (2018), the clues implied Captain Marvel may be the superhero to bring our missing heroes back from Thanos’ irrational yet somewhat rational desire to bring ‘equality‘ back to the MCU.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. When a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small group of allies at the centre of the action.

Lynch we already know and love from UK projects such as Noel Clarke’s Fast Girls (2012); Brotherhood (2014) films and his recent series Bulletproof (2018), and Shonda Rhimes’ rework of Romeo and Juliet, Still Star Crossed (2017). Having made her mark across the Atlantic, being cast in Captain Marvel is huge.

Following in the footsteps of Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther, 2018) and John Boyega (Star Wars, 2015;2017) Lynch as Maria Rambeau adds to the diversifying of blockbuster sci-fi and fantasy films! In Captain Marvel, Lynch’s Maria befriends Carol during fighter pilot training. Becoming close best friends, Maria is left at a loss when her friend suddenly disappears presumed dead during combat.

Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau; Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel

Because Captain Marvel is an important piece in the MCU’s recent series of events, it’s important we get to understand who she is and where she came from. Set in the 90s we travel back in time to find out just that. We are also treated to a glimpse into Nick Fury’s beginnings as an Agent of Shield. Before he became bossman of the Avengers with the black trench coat and sinister eye patch. Played by Samuel L. Jackson sporting some excellent youthful CGI, the chemistry between Larson and Jackson plays well on screen.

Going for laughs and drama, Captain Marvel in my humble opinion is a necessary filler movie. As mentioned we need to see how Carol Danvers becomes one of the most important members of the MCU to understand how Avengers End, (out next month eek) will end. It’s a little sage, a bit paint by numbers sure, but still a watchable film. With some great performances from the whole cast oh and standing ovay for Goose the Cat!

Lynch gets more than enough screen time, and holds her own against Hollywood’s heavyweights. Fingers crossed we get to see more of her in future films. Luckily we got to catch up with Lynch to delve into her character a bit more …

Captain America comes to UK cinemas Friday March 8th


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