Ladies and gentlemen, we present your new Captain Marvel, Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers, otherwise known as Brie Larson, whom we haven’t mentioned in a couple of hours. (See “Rice is nice,” at a URL near you.) She has rather a lot of screen credits for being only twenty-eight, the biggest being Room, a squalid place where she’d been held against her will for seven years, along with her five-year-old son. (Don’t ask.) She won a shelf’s worth of awards, up to and including the Oscar®.
Brie also launched a music career, which so far has yielded up a handful of good songs and scarcely any sales: her 2005 album for Casablanca, Finally Out of P.E., sold about 4,000 copies. The first single, “She Said,” just missed the Top 30:
Admittedly, I dote on Radio Disney stuff like this. Brie was 15 when she recorded it, and by then, she’d already done a Disney Channel Original Movie: Right on Track, about two sisters determined to break into drag racing. If that doesn’t prepare one to be Captain Marvel, nothing does.