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    This past weekend, Marvel Studio’s newest release, Captain Marvel made $455 million globally and $153 million domestically. Surpassing multiple Marvel films like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange, it’s among the top earners for opening weekend for Marvel Studios. It has also garnered the spot as the sixth highest global debut of all time.

    Starring Brie Larson (Room, Short Term 12), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Avengers) and a twelve-year-old orange tabby cat named Reggie, Captain Marvel introduces many firsts for the multi-billion dollar company. Though Ant-Man & The Wasp presented the first female co-lead in a Marvel film, the studio’s 21st film is the only to have a female solo lead.

    Captain Marvel is also the first Marvel film to have a female director. Co-directed by duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (It’s Kind of a Funny Story), the film was initially projected to make $125 million domestically its opening weekend. Despite experiencing harassment online akin to the 2016 Ghostbusters backlash, the film proved to be wildly successful, showing that women (who made up roughly 45% of audience goers this past weekend) are more than happy to watch themselves on screen. Some news outlets have even speculated the film may be on track to make $1 billion. 

    Carol Danvers is confirmed to be in the much anticipated Avengers sequel, Avengers: Endgame. Currently, Marvel has a Black Widow solo film in production, with names like Rachel Weisz, Andre Holland, and Emma Watson circulating the project.

    Captain Marvel is currently playing at theaters across the United States.

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    Earlier today actress Brie Larson, best known for Captain Marvel, joined the many celebrities who have made YouTube channels in recent years such as Jack Blackand Will Smith. She uploaded her first YouTube video called “So, I made a decision…” and announced that she was starting a YouTube channel. She goes on to say that YouTube has been a place that has helped her learn about a myriad of things, and that the website is “the place to talk about things are important and that matter.” Larson states that there will be a mixture of silly content, creative expression, deep conversations, anti-racist information, and inclusive content.

    In her first video, Larson videochats with friends, family, and YouTube creators. Some of the YouTube creators that she talks with include ASAPScience, Lilly Singh, and Connor Franta, among others. She explained she was reaching out to these creators because she thinks they “have been able to do what I think are really interesting, creative, and humane, and empathetic things on the platform.” She asks the YouTube creators about what kind of content she should make, tech tips, and using YouTube for good.

    This content is completely different from what we’ve seen from Larson before, since YouTube is a much more personal platform. In the video, she says, “People know me so much through another lens, through a director’s vision, through a photographer and it’s fine…” but she wants people to know herself through her own lens. She says she’s not sure what kind of videos she’s going to make but she says that she loves “talking to people, learning, food, [and] video games.” Of using YouTube as a platform for good and change, Larson states that “I’m a white woman with privilege and a platform so it just doesn’t make any sense to me to just make it all about me the whole time.”

    At the end of the video, Larson says that she’s including Black creators that are talking about Black Lives Matter, and she intends to continue conversations like that on her channel, but notes “it’s important to recognize that those people with boots on the ground doing this work in a very profound way and you should hear it from them.” Some of the Black creators that Larson shouted out include Aaron Phillips, Janet Mock, Mengwe, and Mj Rodriguez. For the full list, make sure to check out the description on her first video.

    People on Twitter were quick to react to Larson’s announcement of her new YouTube channel and "Brie Larson" trended on Twitter moments after the video dropped.

    Only hours after creating her first YouTube video, Larson already has over 47,000 subscribers. If you’re looking for a good replacement for Shane Dawson after his many controversies, we suggest subscribing to Brie Larson.

    Header image via Wikimedia Commons / Puramyun31

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    We’ve waited through one decade and twenty movies for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to give us a female-led film. Well, the first trailer for March’s Captain Marvel is here, promising all the female badass-ery the beloved character deserves.

    When we meet Carol Danvers, played by Oscar-winner Brie Larson, she’s crashing into a Blockbuster. The movie is set in the mid-nineties, a prequel to the current MCU. There are some familiar (though digitally de-aged) faces: Samuel L. Jackson is a young, two-eyed Nick Fury. Rookie agent Phil Coulson from S.H.I.E.L.D., and Guardians of the Galaxy’s memorably unmemorable villain, Ronan the Accuser.

    But the spotlight is on Danvers, as she navigates her nebulous origins and chaotic present battling Skrull (bad aliens) on the Kree (good aliens) Starforce. Also featured: her fellow air force pilot, Lashana Lynch’s Maria Rambeau. Rambeau is a prominent figure in the comics, and their deep friendship is a welcome addition to a universe sparse of two women even sharing lines onscreen.

    Captain Marvel first entered mainstream discourse during the end credits of last year’sAvengers: Infinity War. Remember it? As Nick Fury crumbles into ash, he sends a distress call over a high-tech pager. Before the scene cuts to black, the pager alights with Captain Marvel’s vintage insignia.

    Cue frantic googling: “Who is Captain Marvel?”

    Danvers has been fighting space crime since 1968. She was written as an officer in the United States Air Force. An explosion at a high security military splices her DNA with Mar-Vell (the original Captain Marvel, and played by Jude Law in the movie), an alien Kree warrior. This gives her a multitude of powers: strength, flight, and the ability to harness solar energies. Though it’s ten years before she officially takes the Marvel handle, writer Gerry Conway intended her as an empowering figure, writing in Ms. Marvel #1 (1977) that "you might see a parallel between her quest for identity, and the modern woman's quest for raised consciousness, for self-liberation, for identity."

    Still, some gross plot developments led to wide criticism by female readers. One particularly heinous storyline in Avengers #200 involved Danvers abducted, brainwashed, and impregnated by an interdimensional rapist.

    On that storyline, maybe scholar Carol Strickland says it best: “Isn't everyone entitled to respect as a human being? Shouldn't they be against something that so self-consciously seeks to destroy that respect and degrade women in general by destroying the symbol of womankind?”

    Once at the helm, Chris Claremont rewrote Danvers’ timeline, expunging the impregnation, but its memory lingered. Female characters in comics so rarely get to be it all: independent, intelligent, sexually liberated. She is super strong, but cannot be portrayed as muscular; feminine without the “burden” of sensitivity. Danvers is canonically the strongest hero in the MCU, but her comic iteration didn’t prove to be the exemption.

    For that, the first trailer of her big screen debut inspires hope that the hero can subvert the genre’s gender trappings and inspire more solo heroine debuts.

    (Seriously though, why is the Black Widow movie not here yet?)

     

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    All anyone seems to be talking about these days is the new Captain Marvel(and honestly, it looks amazing)—but if that isn’t your thing, we’ve got so many other movies, albums, and books out this week to keep you busy, from Alfre Woodard's new Netflix film to a literary deep dive on Lizzie Borden.

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    Captain Marvel

    We’re psyched to see Brie Larson star as the MCU’s Captain Marvel in this new film, out in the U.S. on Thursday, March 8.

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    Julianne Moore stars as a hopeful, hilarious office professional in Gloria Bell, a delightful film out March 8. Review to come on BUST.com.

    Juanita

    Alfre Woodard plays the titular character in Juanita—a woman who, tired of her mundane day-to-day, takes a bus to Paper Moon, Montana to get her groove back. Streaming on Netflix March 8.

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    Beware of the Dogs by Stella Donnelly

     

    Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly’s debut album brilliantly balances sharp wit and soft melodies, according to our review. Out March 8. 

    The Devil You Know by The Coathangers

     

    The Coathangers are back! From pop to punk rock, The Devil You Know has a little something for everyone. Our review is online; the album is out March 8.

    This Is How You Smile by Helado Negro

     

    According to our review, Helado Negro’s album is a “dreamlike journey [magnifying] scars and snapshots.” Out March 8.

    There Will Be No Intermission by Amanda Palmer

    Amanda Palmer’s crowdfunded solo album is finally here! Listen to the artist on our podcast, and stay tuned for further coverage on BUST.com. Out March 8.

    BOOKS 

    The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True Story by Cara Robertson

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    Can’t get enough true crime? Cara Robertson’s immersive look at the Lizzie Borden trial is sure to satisfy. Review to come on BUST.com. Out March 12. 

    The Summer of Dead Birdsby Ali Liebegott

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    Ali Liebegott’s novel-in-verse is a story of divorce, mourning, depression, and—ultimately—self-love. Out March 12.

    Top photo via Netflix / Juanita

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