Back in April, while promoting Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teased that the studio is planning on announcing cast members and a director for Captain Marvel at some point this summer. Last month, a rumor surfaced that newcomer Emily Carmichael may have landed the Captain Marvel directing gig, although that report was never confirmed. Today it seems yet another piece of the Captain Marvel puzzle may be in place, with Oscar winner Brie Larson entering early talks to star as Carol Danvers.
Variety‘s sources believe the actress is Marvel’s top choice for the title role, and that she’s leaning towards taking on this character. It isn’t known how far along the actress and studio are in the negotiating process, but Marvel’s reps would not comment on this report. The site also mentions that Marvel has always planned on locking in an actress early for Captain Marvel, so they could introduce her in other films.
It’s worth noting that Kevin Feige previously admitted that Captain Marvel was included in an early version of the Avengers: Age of Ultron script, but they didn’t want to introduce her as a “fully-formed hero” before fans got to know how she came to be. However, last month, Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo let it slip that Captain Marvel will be featured in Avengers: Infinity War, which starts shooting this coming November. We don’t know for sure if the deal Brie Larson is negotiating will include a role in Avengers: Infinity War as well.
Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) are writing the script for Captain Marvel, but there is very little we know about the story yet. Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, first debuted in 1968’s “Marvel Super-Heroes” #13. She was a U.S. Air Force security chief who is transformed into Captain Marvel following an explosion that involved Kree technology. Among Captain Marvel‘s powers are superhuman strength and the ability to fly after her DNA was infused with a Kree alien. It’s possible that we could see Captain Marvel get her powers at some point during Avengers: Infinity War Part I, which arrives on May 3, 2018, 10 months before Captain Marvel debuts on March 8, 2019.
If Brie Larson does end up landing the role, she will have beat out a number of actresses who expressed their interest in the role early on, such as Ronda Rousey and Kathryn Winnick, with Emily Blunt once rumored for the role as well. Brie Larson won her first Oscar earlier this year for her performance in the indie drama Room. She will next be seen in indies such as Wiener-Dog, in theaters June 24, and Free Fire from director Ben Wheatley. She will also star in the highly-anticipated Kong: Skull Island, which hits theaters on March 10, 2017.