Brie Larson is Cast as Captain Marvel in MCU

With Marvel’s Phase Three quickly on its way, there are a host of new characters who’ve never really had any shine on the big screen.  One of the most highly anticipated superhero films coming up is Captain Marvel (which was announced in late 2014), but what makes this movie so significant is that Marvel will have to tackle handling a female led superhero film. Now, 2016’s Wonder Woman was a smash hit, and revolutionary on a couple of levels and definitely set the bar high.  With the explosion of female led movies, superheros would of course follow, and it is a fine line that must be balanced.  Make her overpowered and the script will feel forced.  Make her too weak and nobody will care.

I first learned about Larson in the 2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World where she played Scott’s ex-girlfriend Envy Adams.  Other films that have attracted my attention are 2013’s Don Jon, 2016’s Kong: Skull Island, and her best performance in 2015’s Room (which she won an Academy Award).  I think she has the chops for the role and am definitely rooting for her success.  Mississippi Grind‘s director Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing the film, being written by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman, which will be released in theaters on March 8, 2019.

Natasha Romanoff, Gamora, Sif, Maria Hill, Jessica Jones, and Wanda Maximoff have been been introduced to the MCU and now Marvel is working on getting a heavy hitter.  Carol Danvers (better known as Captain Marvel or Ms Marvel) is up for her own movie.  And perfectly cast for the role is Brie Larson.  In the comics, Danvers is an Air Force and CIA service member who DNA is spliced together with the alien Kree race.  This grants her superhuman strength, invulnerability, flight, and the ability to fire concussive blasts.  Danvers is one of the strongest female characters in Marvel Comics (next to She-Hulk, Spectrum, Jean Grey, female Thor, America Chavez, and Rogue).

Captain Marvel will serve as an origin story, although altered from the original comic book version.  Danvers will be a participant in the Avengers: Infinity War film.  Samuel L. Jackson is confirmed to reprise his role as Nick Fury and the film will take place before the events of the first Iron Man movie in the early 1990s, long before the Avengers assembled.  Marvel Studio’s Kevin Feige announced during the San Diego Comic-Con that the extraterrestrial humanoid shape-shifting aliens known as the Skrulls will be the villains of the film.


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