San Diego Comic-Con 2016: Brie Larson Is Captain Marvel

Artist BossLogic’s rendition of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

The news I was expecting from Marvel Studios at their San Diego Comic-Con panel this past weekend came to pass, with the official announcement of who will play Captain Marvel (aka Carol Danvers) in the upcoming film of the same name. Turns out the rumors of Brie Larson being cast as the hero ended up being true when she took the stage.

Afterwards, she tweeted the following:

I love this casting, as Larson deservingly won an Academy Award for her work in Room, and she looks perfect for the part. There wasn’t enough time to really delve into the casting for the character but Marvel Studio president Kevin Feige did end up speaking with Cinema Blend about the choice. Here’s what he said:

“Listen, we set the bar very high with the first casting decision we ever made with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Since then, every single choice we’ve made, we have asked, ‘Could it meet that bar?’ Because that is what people expect of us, and that is what … it’s a very high bar. Carol Danvers needs to be as rich and textured and real as the best of our characters. Maybe even more so. And we got very lucky that Brie — who has all of those attributes, and an Academy Award now — was still very interested in signing up and joining us to bring this character to life.”

Larson seems to excel everywhere these days, and while she is probably best known for her role in Room, she was also praised for her work in indie drama Short Term 12. Not only that, but she proved her comedy chops (which is also a necessary component for Danvers) in comedies like Scott Pilgrim vs the World and 21 Jump Street, and her sci-fi cred with big-budget genre tentpoles like the upcoming Kong: Skull Island.

Mostly I’m looking forward to Marvel bringing the competitive Air Force captain infused with alien DNA and a love of Star Wars (which Disney also owns). I would be shocked if there aren’t any Star Wars tie-ins in her upcoming movie.

The big question now is how will the character integrate into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? She’s not going to be part of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but that doesn’t mean they won’t tease her in a post credit scene as that would be the most natural fit. The character has also been linked to both the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, so I can see her as the bridge that connects both sides of the MCU for the Avengers: Infinity War films.

Captain Marvel will premiere in theaters on March 8, 2019.

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