Lashana Lynch: “I was really excited that Marvel was focusing on their first female Super Hero franchise.”

Lashana Lynch: “I was really excited that Marvel was focusing on their first female Super Hero franchise.”

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos courtesy of Marvel Studios

She makes her American feature film debut playing a former test fighter pilot in MCU’s latest movie and for Lynch who stars in FX’s drama “Y,” it’s a role she was excited to play.

“I play Carol Danvers’ aka Captain Marvel’s best friend and it’s beautiful to see the female relationship that we have—the closeness, the sisterhood, the love—and the fact that it has been them against the world,” shares Lynch whose character Maria Rambeau has been best buddies with Danvers since their days as test pilots in the Air Force.

Based on the Marvel comic-book series, first published in 1967, “Captain Marvel” sidesteps the traditional origin-story template, with Danvers (Brie Larson) already possessing her superhero powers.  Set in the 1990s, it introduces audiences to the first stand-alone, female-franchise title character—Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, who is part of an intergalactic elite Kree military team called Starforce. She finds herself on Earth while trying stop the Skrulls—the notorious Marvel bad guys from an earthly invasion and lands on the radar of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and as they combine forces to find the bag guy, she begins to question her own identity and superhero abilities and find out how she got from being this human jet pilot to becoming a powerful alien.

“My character Maria is Carol’s link to her humanity and link to Earth. And over the course of this story, she is the force that begins to teach and help Carol rediscover where she came from before she was this Kree Starforce soldier,” adds Lynch who went to Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix for her hands-on training.“Maria is a very competent former female test pilot. She is someone who was capable of doing many things in her occupation on but didn’t necessarily get to yet, being from a male- oriented environment. Carol and Maria became best friends when they were assigned to the same Air Force base and were literally stuck together like glue.”

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson”), the film also stars Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Chan, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening and Jude Law.

“I’ve been a big fan for a very long me. I watched all the movies with my friends, and I’ve been aiming to be a part of the MCU for at least two years now,” Lynch continues. “I was really excited that Marvel was focusing on their first female Super Hero franchise. To be a part of this project in particular was exciting. I got to fly in an F-16 and it was the best experience of my life. It was crazy. It was a whirlwind.”

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel
Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck with Lashana Lynch and Brie Larson
Female pilots Lashana Lynch and Brie Larson in Captain Marvel
Lashana Lynch (left) and Brie Larson
Lashana Lynch at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Captain Marvel - Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez
Samuel L Jackson and Brie Larson on the set of Captain Marvel