While Marvel Studios took last year off from Comic-Con, they came roaring back this year with a bevy of announcements and exclusive footage. The final announcement of the night was one we kind of already knew, but it’s exciting nonetheless: Brie Larson is Captain Marvel. Indeed, the Oscar-winning Room actress will be starring in Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie, Captain Marvel. We caught wind of the fact that Larson was the frontrunner for the role last month, and she seems an excellent choice to become the latest member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force pilot who gets superhero abilities. Marvel Studios first put this project on its slate a few years ago, setting Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve and Guardians of the Galaxy co-write Nicole Perlman to pen the script. The project doesn’t yet have a director, but it was important that Marvel cast the lead character soon as she’s expected to play a role in the upcoming two-part epic Avengers: Infinity War.
The Avengers picture starts filming this December with Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo at the helm, and while it hasn’t been confirmed that Captain Marvel is in the movie, given that it’s a universe-inclusive event, it’s safe to assume she has at least a cameo in the picture.
Larson won the Academy Award for Best Actress earlier this year for her tremendous performance in the indie drama Room. She’s been doing excellent work for years, ranging from indies like Short Term 12 and The Spectacular Now to studio pictures like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Most recently she shot a co-starring role in the upcoming blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, and she’s currently filming another indie drama called The Glass Castle that reunites her with her Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton.
Clearly Larson has no interest in sticking to one particular kind of film, but Captain Marvel marks her biggest project yet, and it’ll be exciting to see how she fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, to find a director…
Captain Marvel is slated for release on March 8, 2019. Check out the new logo below.