After the scoop of her casting deal was leaked in advance, Marvel took to the stage during San Diego Comic-Con’s Marvel Studios panel to officially confirm what many have been anticipating; Room and Kong: Skull Island star, Brie Larson has been cast as Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, for the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Larson’s Danvers will star in her own solo movie, aptly titled ‘Captain Marvel’, which is currently scheduled to hit theatres on March 8th, 2019. Before that however, it’s claimed that she will make an appearance in crossover sequel, Avengers: Infinity War – Part I, which is scheduled to release on May 4th, 2018. Danvers was actually supposed to appear even earlier as well, where she was present in the initial script draft for last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, though she was written out at director, Joss Whedon’s request, since he felt that she couldn’t be properly established in that movie. Danvers also had another false start in ABC’s aborted pitch for Jessica Jones, before it went to Netflix, where she was supposed to be the show’s female lead, before Marvel made plans to make a Captain Marvel movie, which prompted her character to be re-tooled into Trish Walker, a.k.a. Marvel’s Hellcat.
Carol Danvers first entered Marvel Comics lore in 1968, within Marvel Super-Heroes #13, where she was initially known as ‘Ms. Marvel’, and was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, who was critically injured in the explosion of an alien Kree artifact. The explosion nearly killed her, though after returning to health, Danvers possessed superhuman strength, speed and durability, as well as flight capability, and energy absorption and projection, motivating her to craft her initial Ms. Marvel identity. In 2012, Danvers’ persona was drastically overhauled, in response to her becoming one of Marvel’s top feminist icons in their comic book universe, re-tooling the character’s superhero identity into ‘Captain Marvel’, with the Ms. Marvel mantle later being passed on to Marvel’s first Muslim superheroine to headline her own comic book series, Kamala Khan.
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