It’s official. Brie Larson, fresh off of her Academy Award winning performance in Room, will suit up as Carol Danvers, a/k/a Captain Marvel, the Earth’s Mightiest Hero, for the Marvel Studios movie of the same name. Captain Marvel will be the 21st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the first to place a female hero as the primary lead.
Larson is a top indie actress with an amazing resume, but she also dipped her toes in the comic book world by playing the femme fatale “Envy Adams” in the cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs the World based on the comic series by Brian Lee O’Malley.
While Captain Marvel doesn’t debut until 2019, fans may not have to wait that long to catch sight of Marvel’s premiere female superhero. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is up in 2017, and Danvers gets her powers from an encounter with the alien Kree — so a cameo with Marvel’s intergalactic misfits is not out of the question.
Additionally Avengers Infinity War: Part 1 comes out in 2018. In the comics, Danvers has been a core member of several Avengers’ teams over the years. Introducing her in Part 1 would be an excellent way to raise awareness of the character leading into her solo film.
So while Captain Marvel may not be released for three years, there is an pretty good chance that we will get to see the titular hero much sooner.