From where we sit here at Nerdist, there has seemed to be no greater conversation about the potential big screen casting of a Marvel Comics character than that pertaining to Captain Marvel. Since even before it was announced that a Captain Marvel standalone film would be hitting theaters in the third phase of the MCU, writers and fans have relished in trading their predictions and preferred candidates for the role of superhero Carol Danvers. After actual years of speculation, a mainstay of these may guesses and hopes would prove to be the brass’ top choice. On Saturday, the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con dropped the news that Brie Larson would be playing the lead in the 2019 feature. Shortly after the announcement was made, Larson herself chimed in with the following tweet:
Call me Captain Marvel. pic.twitter.com/IgqRIb9ijM
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) July 24, 2016
Larson’s has been a name of note for a few years now; though she’s been acting professionally since childhood, even costarring as Bob Saget’s preteen daughter on the family sitcom Raising Dad (which starred fellow eventual MCU inductee Kat Dennings), she really ascended to notability after accruing smaller roles in a series of popular movies in the early 2010s: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street, and The Spectacular Now among them.
However, Larson’s first great exhibition would come with the drama Short Term 12, in which she played the counselor at a residential treatment facility for children. Since then, she’s moved onto high-profile comedies like Trainwreck and hard-hitting dramas like Room, for which she won a Best Actress Oscar earlier this year.
This collection of roles, disparate in nature but alike in their expression of her talent and range, gives us nothing but confidence for Larson’s abilities to handle one of the MCU’s strongest and most interesting characters. To augment the significance of the casting, we must note that Captain Marvel will be the MCU’s first standalone feature to star a female character; Larson, an actor we’ve been following for quite some time and admiring all the while, is a particularly exciting—if not altogether surprising, but that’s neither here nor there—choice for the part.
Of course, we may not have to wait until 2019 to see Larson take on Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. One year prior, the still-yet-to-be-retitled Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 will assemble a large swatch of MCU characters, including ones we haven’t yet met on the screen. It’s quite possible that Danvers will rank among the lot, and—patience be damned—we sure hope she is.
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