How Brie Larson, classic introvert, became ‘Captain Marvel’: ‘I want to grow’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – A warning to young hopefuls: There is no emergency hotline for fledgling superheroes.

That’s what Brie Larson learned before stepping into the boots of “Captain Marvel” (in theaters Friday), despite having a guy on the inside of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It was the night before Larson was flying out of Vietnam, where she was shooting “Kong: Skull Island,” to attend the 2016 Oscars, which would bestow a best actress Oscar upon the “Room” star. She was 26, already in talks with Marvel, and her “Kong” co-star Samuel L. Jackson (also known as Nick Fury) asked to have dinner with her.

Here it comes, she thought. the advice she’d been waiting for.

“I figured it was going to be this moment where he was going to instill all this wisdom and give me some sage advice I could ruminate on my three plane flights back to Los Angeles,” recalls Larson, now 29. “And nothing! He didn’t say anything, and finally the check came and I was like, ‘You’re not going to say anything? You’re not going to tell me what I’m supposed to do?’ And he was like, ‘Why would I tell you what to do? You already know what you’re supposed to do. You get it!’ ”