It has been a great week for Disney and Marvel. First, Captain America: Civil War has officially passed Deadpool as the highest grossing film of 2016. Second, and perhaps far more exciting for those of us not on the Disney/Marvel payroll, the studios may have finally found the perfect actress to lead their first female-driven solo comic book film.
According to a story that broke earlier today on Variety, Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson is the current frontrunner to portray Captain Marvel in the upcoming big budget blockbuster of the same name. A source close to the story told the publication Larson is “the first choice, and that she’s leaning toward playing the part.” Marvel declined comment on Variety’s report.
Larson, who won her award for her performance in 2015’s Room, has not commented on the rumor.
At this time, Captain Marvel also does not have a director or release date beyond being planned for 2019. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed last month that “we’ll be announcing a filmmaker in the next month or two, and probably some cast members later in the summer, at the end of the summer.” As such, the timing of these talks lines up with Feige’s planned announcements.
As for the rumor mill, several outlets are reporting directors Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Niki Caro (Whale Rider) as top contenders for the project.
For those unfamiliar with the character, Captain Marvel is a name that has been applied to several people in the Marvel comic book universe throughout time. The upcoming film is allegedly going to center around Carol Danvers, who was created by writer Roy Thomas and designed by artist Gene Colan. A fusion of alien Kree and human genes gives Danvers her powers, which include superhuman strength, endurance, stamina, flight, physical durability, a limited, precognitive “sixth sense,” and a perfectly amalgamated human/Kree physiology that rendered her resistant to most toxins and poisons.
We’ll bring you more information on Captain Marvel and all upcoming Marvel movie projects as additional details are confirmed.