After months (and months) of speculation and rumors, information is becoming a little more solid when it comes to who may be cast as Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel solo film. Names have been tossed around ever since the film was announced in 2014 including Natalie Dormer, Emily Blunt and even longshot Jennifer Lawrence. However the latest intel is now naming Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson as the front runner for the role.
Larson would certainly fit the mold of Marvel’s recent roster, which now includes some of the most impressive A-listers for its slew of films. Most recent additions to the MCU stable include Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum and Karl Urban all of whom were announced for Thor: Ragnarok in May.
There has been relatively little information about the film, which is arguably one of the most anticipated on Marvel’s schedule not only because the character is that awesome, but it is the first solo film in the MCU based on a female character. For that reason the role is likely extremely coveted given that its attention and reputation are pretty high on the totem pole.
Captain Marvel a.k.a Carol Danvers is one of Marvel’s more famous superheroines. She used to be Ms. Marvel, the female counterpart to Captain Mar-Vell, after acquiring her powers via colliding with the Kree in an explosion. However, after Mar-Vell’s death she took the role of Captain Marvel for herself and has since been an integral member of the Avengers. In the comics she is currently battling Iron Man in Civil War II. Though Captain Marvel will just missAvengers: Infinity War Part 1 (official names TBD), it’s very likely she’ll appear in its sequel, or so directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo let slip.
Larson won the Oscar for Best Actress earlier this year for her role in Room. She has at least four more films awaiting release, the highest profile likely being Kong: Skull Island with Marvel veterans Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson.
Captain Marvel is set to release in theaters July 6, 2018.
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