Rumors have swirled as such for months, but it’s finally been confirmed: Brie Larson is our new Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. The final word came during Marvel’s highly-anticipated Hall H presentation at the San Diego Comic Con Saturday evening.
The Oscar winner takes on a role that has long been without a name attached. Speculations have been fired for months, years even, about who Marvel would cast. Names included Emily Blunt, Natalie Dormer and Blake Lively. However that speculation grew particularly strong around Larson earlier this year, shortly after she won her Oscar for Best Actress in Room.
Captain Marvel has actually had many iterations in the comic books, much like Ghost Rider, but this time it’s confirmed that the film’s iteration is Carol Danvers. According to Entertainment Weekly, Marvel president Kevin Feige stated:
“Let me clarify,” Feige said. “Captain Marvel has gone by many names in the comics, has had many people who’ve inhabited that costume and used that power base. I want to make it very clear: This hero’s name is Carol Danvers.”
The film is a bit of a game changer as it’s the first time a woman has led a solo Marvel film. Addtionally, Captain Marvel is being written by two women: Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Inside Out screenwriter Meg LeFauve.
Captain Marvel will first appear in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, due out on May 4, 2018, before leading her own film due in theaters March 8, 2019.