True believers, meet your Captain Marvel.
"Room" actress Brie Larson will be the first heroine to take up the Captain Marvel mantle.
Call me Captain Marvel. pic.twitter.com/IgqRIb9ijM
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) July 24, 2016
An announcement at a San Diego Comic-Con panel finally confirmed months of rumours speculating Larson's role in what will be the first solo female superhero movie produced by Marvel Studios.
Major Carol Danvers, USAF
AKA Captain Marvel
"And I sort of accidentally blasted him in the crotch... Seven times" pic.twitter.com/kqcpfStT0M
— The ComicNoobs Show (@comicnoobsshow) July 22, 2016
Larson will be stepping into the spandex suit of Carol Danvers, a hotshot who can shoot energy and one of Marvel's most prolific female characters.
💙kamala khan and carol danvers appreciation tweet💙 pic.twitter.com/K0dH6BNuvH
— ㅤ (@spiderwomvn) July 9, 2016
For decades, Danvers was known as Ms. Marvel. In the comic books, Danvers passes her Ms Marvel title down to Muslim teenager Kamala Khan. Danvers is an Air Force colonel, long-time Avenger, and ally to the Guardians of the Galaxy. She now commandeers a pivotal role in Marvel's Civil War II, one that has even Iron Man Tony Stark shaking in his metal boots.
The man who plays "Captain America," Chris Evans, gave Larson a winning endorsement for the role weeks before the official announcement.
"I really hope that happens," Evans said of Larson taking on the role. "I love Brie Larson."
His enthusiasm is shared by fans of Larson and Captain Marvel enthusiasts, both thrilled with the casting choice.
THE BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED OSCAR AWARD WINNING ACTRESS BRIE LARSON WILL BE PLAYING THE AMAZING CAROL DANVERS pic.twitter.com/dKdfa6o3bT
— ryan (@whittingham96) July 24, 2016
— Amber♡ (@GleekAmber) July 24, 2016
— A-TrainKickz (@ATrainKickz) July 24, 2016
— Jeff Burnett (@burnettski92) July 24, 2016
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) July 24, 2016
Larson could be one of the first actresses leading a new era of female-led cape movies. "Captain Marvel" is set for a 2019 release, two years after DC's "Wonder Woman" will be on the big screen.
— Art of Stephen Byrne (@StephenByrne86) July 24, 2016
Former Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue DeConnick was caught unaware by the announcement, finding out from Twitter firsthand.
Did not see that coming.
— Kelly Sue DeConnick (@kellysue) October 28, 2014
For DeConnick, it was a happy surprise. The writer later tweeted she was on-board with Larson as Carol Danvers.
— Kelly Sue DeConnick (@kellysue) July 24, 2016
DeConnick was one of only three women who were Captain Marvel's writers. Her contributions to the Captain Marvel canon were highly lauded for emphasizing the importance of a feminist legacy.
"believe whatever you want, just make sure you hit the other guy before he hits you" pic.twitter.com/nHRmvKnIPe
— jade jonah jameson (@defendbarnes) July 14, 2016
Larson might be on the big screen before her "Captain Marvel" premiere. Her character is rumoured to have a cameo in the two-part "Avengers: Infinity War" in 2018.