The filming of Captain Marvel has been underway for a few weeks now in Los Angeles. Before filming began, Carol Danvers actress Brie Larson was undergoing training with military pilots. It has now been reported that Air Force pilot Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, who was training Larson and working as a consultant on Captain Marvel, sadly passed away after crashing his F-16 Fighting Falcon at the Nevada Test and Training Range on April 4th. Larson took to social media to pay a touching tribute to Del Bagno.
Brie Larson shared a picture of herself and Maj. Stephen Del Bagno on the Air Force base and captioned it with a lengthy tribute to the pilot. She uses code names and tells Del Bagno that he influenced her to be better in everything new that she attempted as well putting more “passion and purpose” into her life. The actress also commented on the work that the pilot put into her Carol Danvers character and Captain Marvel as a whole. Larson had this to say.
“Cajun, I didn’t know it was possible to feel my heart continue to break deeper and deeper as the reality sets in. You were a brilliant pilot and an even better person. Thank you for inspiring me to work harder and live fuller. When you talked about the Air Force; the adventure, the rituals, the community – I felt your passion and purpose. Your humble attitude and ideals have stayed with me and inspired a stronger approach to my work. There is no Carol without you. You helped create her and I am forever grateful. I hold the call sign you gave me with your fellow pilots and Thunderbird brothers with pride. It’s going to take a while to get over this, but I understand that this is life. I am thinking about your family and the broken hearts at Nellis. Thank you for impacting my life. Rest easy brother. Sparrow, forever”
Brie Larson was not alone in paying tribute to the late Maj. Stephen Del Bagno. Marvel Studios also took to social media to pay tribute to the pilot, thanking him for his consultation work on Captain Marvel. It isn’t clear how much work that Del Bagno completed with Marvel and Brie Larson, but it appears that it was quite substantial. The statement reads.
“We lost a friend yesterday. Marvel Studios is saddened to hear of the loss of Air Force Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, who we were lucky to get to know during his time as a consultant on Captain Marvel. We will miss him greatly; he’ll always be part of the team.”
Maj. Stephen Del Bagno was killed during what has been called a, “routine aerial demonstration training flight” at 10:30 a.m. on April 4th. Del Bagno was a very experienced pilot, having logged over 3,500 hours of flight time during his time with the Air Force. Del Bagno was training for the March Field Air and Space Expo at The March Air Reserve Base, which has now been canceled in honor of Maj. Stephen Del Bagno.
Brie Larson trained for months on Nellis Air Force Base to prepare for Captain Marvel and many photos have surfaced documenting her journey. In addition to the Air Force training, Larson also dove in deep into the comic books to better prepare for the Carol Danvers role. She even learned the basics for flying an F-16 Fighting Falcon to make everything look as realistic as possible when the movie hits theaters early next year. You can read the tribute to Maj. Stephen Del Bagno below, courtesy of Brie Larson’s Instagram account.