The search may be over for an actress to play Carol Danvers, the superhero known as Captain Marvel.
A new report indicates that Academy Award winner Brie Larson is in talks to play Captain Marvel in an upcoming solo film, with the character’s live-action debut expected to happen in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1. The Captain Marvel movie is then scheduled to premiere in March 2019, a few months before Avengers: Infinity War: Part 2.
Variety initially reported Larson’s attachment to the role, and indicated that the Room and 21 Jump Street actress is currently in early talks for the role after becoming the front-runner to play Danvers in the film.
Created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan, Carol Danvers made her first appearance in a 1968 issue of Marvel Super-Heroes. Although her origin story has been revised over time, she’s generally portrayed as a human whose DNA was mixed with the genetic material of the Kree — the powerful, blue-skinned alien race that has featured prominently in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series. Her altered DNA gives her superhuman strength, stamina, and durability, as well as the ability to fly. She can also absorb various types of energy and project them outward in explosive blasts.
One of Marvel Comics’ greatest female superheroes, Danvers was a security chief in the United States Air Force when the incident occurred that gave her superhuman powers, and she was already highly skilled in combat, military tactics, and espionage prior to becoming a superhero. She initially went by the name “Ms. Marvel,” and subsequently adopted other nicknames — including “Binary” and “Warbird” — before taking the mantle of “Captain Marvel” from the deceased superhero who had previously gone by that title.
Official confirmation of Larson — or another actress — for the role of Carol Danvers will likely come soon, as Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 is expected to begin production later this year. There’s no director attached to Captain Marvel at this point, but the script is currently being penned by Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve.
Captain Marvel is scheduled to hit theaters March 8, 2019.