Comic-Con: Brie Larson Is Marvel’s Captain Marvel

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Marvel’s Kevin Feige made the announcement, and Larson surprised the crowd by showing up onstage. He called her the newest member of the Marvel family but did not say what movie in the Marvel Universe she might start with.

Larson earlier in the day had been on Warner Bros’ Hall H panel for Kong: Skull Island.

Debuting in 1968 as a human companion to the original Captain Marvel (the space alien Mar-Vell, pronounced the same way), Air Force pilot Danvers is Marvel’s sixth character to use that nom-de-superherosim name. She developed super powers of her own in a mid-’70s storyline and was given her own title, Ms. Marvel in 1977. She was named Marvel’s official Captain Marvel in 2012 in tribute to the original, killed off via cancer in a 1982 graphic novel, with the Ms. Marvel moniker going to Kamala Khan, Marvel’s first headlining Muslim character.

Fun fact: Danvers has usually been associated with Marvel’s “cosmic” line of heroes that notably includes the Guardians Of The Galaxy.

With that, the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe finally its first female-led superhero one step closer to reality. Captain Marvel was originally set for release November 2, 2017 but was pushed back a bit to make room for Spider-Man: Homecoming on Marvel’s release schedule. It’s now set to fly into theaters March 8, 2019.

  1. Paulon Jul 23, 2016

    This is going to be great.

    • Andrewon Jul 23, 2016

      It’s going to be good. It’s going to be great. It’s going to be good. It’s going to be great.

  2. Steveon Jul 23, 2016

    Disappointing. She’s much better than this dreck.

    • Jerome Maidaon Jul 23, 2016

      Please be quiet. Grown-uos are talking

      • Shamefulon Jul 24, 2016

    • nerdrageon Jul 24, 2016

      Oh well it’s a sign of the times. Every actor must be assigned their corresponding superhero character. Would you prefer Squirrel-Girl?

      • Cary Coatneyon Jul 24, 2016

        With John Barrowman in the lead role? Hell, yeah!!

  3. Blue Noteon Jul 23, 2016

    I thought Capt. Marvel was a man…his alter ego, Billy Batson…who had to say “Shazam” and a clash of lightning, and Billy would be CAPT. MARVEL. What happened to that Capt. Marvel. Did he have a sex change?

    • Foamyon Jul 23, 2016

      DC sued Fawcett Comics, publisher of the “Billy Batson” Captain Marvel, saying the character was too similar to Superman. Marvel took advantage when Fawcett retreated, and published their own Captain Marvel (“Mar-Vell”) in the 60’s. When DC later acquired the rights to the original “Billy Batson” character, they had to rebrand as “Shazam” due to Marvel now using the trademark.

      Marvel, in the meantime, has to keep publishing comics under the “Captain Marvel” trademark or risk losing it back to DC – hence the rotating door of characters using the name. The current Marvel incarnation is “Carol Danvers”, who was introduced back with the original “Mar-Vell” 60’s series, but only recently took the “Captain” moniker.

    • Skyler Morganon Jul 23, 2016

      That’s DC Comics and they name changed him to Shazam awhile back

    • Marvel\DC Fanboyon Jul 23, 2016

      if you don’t know the difference between DC and Marvel comic characters, why are you commenting on this article Blue note?

      • on Jul 24, 2016

        He’s asking a question. Are people not allowed to do that anymore? Educate, don’t instigate.

    • Nathan Hernanon Jul 24, 2016

      and… Captain Marvel belongs to the DC Universe, right?

    • Zoltán Györkeion Jul 24, 2016

      Shazam is cpt. marvel in DC, he was a satiric character to mirror all the silliness DC saw in marvel’s characters. Later and after some lawsuits they officially changed the name to Shazam, and gave the character a new story.

    • Alexon Jul 24, 2016

      Your Captain Marvel ist from DC.
      Marvel has it’s own hero with the name Captain Marvel (multiply actually).

      The movie is about Carol Danvers aka Ms. Marvel (and yes, there are others with that name again) who became Captain Marvel in 2012 in the comics.

    • Americanon Jul 24, 2016

      Completely different Captain Marvel

    • on Jul 24, 2016

      Read the article before commenting

  4. mikeon Jul 23, 2016

    How can she get a movie before black widow.

  5. Robbereyon Jul 24, 2016

    The only actress that would have fit perfectly as Captain Marvel, is Nicole Steinwedell, but she is not famous enough. Brie is just a mainstream actress, although I know “brie” just from French cheese….

  6. Jinjeonon Jul 24, 2016

    Only in Hollywood you get twenty something actress playing character that is supposed to be in her late thirties or early forties. Cause hey, there are no Charlize Theron, Rosamund Pike or Kate Beckinsale here. We only cast young ingenues as our female heroes. Male heroes can be even in their early fifties but female ones always have to be under thirty. And I don’t have anything against Brie, she’s absolutely lovely and quite good actress. I just hate Hollywood when it comes to casting female roles.

  7. on Jul 24, 2016

    I worry whether she has the screen presence to carry this movie. She’s great in intimate movies where her quietness suits the role. And if it fails because of it, everyone will be like “see, we can’t do female superhero movies,” instead of “see, brie larson isn’t an action/adventure movie star.”

    • on Jul 24, 2016

      100% agree. There is nothing to suggest she has the presence for the role. Combined with her being too young, she has two huge hurdles to tackle on a project already burdened with extremely high expectations. I enjoy her acting and hope she succeeds but this seems doomed for average at best.

  8. James Ton Jul 25, 2016

    Seriously? They should have gotten Alison Brie, not this Brie.

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