She’s the captain now. Captain Marvel, that is.
On Saturday, at Comic-Con in San Diego, studio head Kevin Feige announced Brie Larson as the newest family member of the Marvel team. The Marvel Cinematic Universe welcomes the Academy Award-winning actress to the studio’s first female-led film.
As members of the MCU, including stars like Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Doctor Strange’s Benedict Cumberbatch, gathered on the Comic-Con stage to take a ‘family photo,’ Feige paused and said:
“Time out. You know what we should do? If we’re actually going to do a big Marvel family photo, we should introduce the newest member of the Marvel family. The newest person joining us. Captain Marvel, herself: Brie Larson!”
The Room actress emerged on stage to the sound of erupting cheers and fan cries. It wasn’t long until Cumberbatch, himself, congratulated Larson on landing the role and entering the world of Marvel.
Last month, Variety had already tapped the actress as frontrunner for the role of Carol Danvers in the standalone film. Danvers is an air force pilot whose DNA becomes fused with extraterrestrial matter after an accident. The mutilation gives her powers of strength, flight and energy project.
In an interview with USA Today, Feige says Larson, “knows and understands and takes to heart the importance of what this role is.” After all, “When you start with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, it’s a high casting bar. And Brie is obviously spectacular,” Feige explains.
Larson appeared overjoyed to announce her title role, even tweeting a photo after the reveal of herself donning a Marvel Studios cap. “Call me Captain Marvel,” Larson tweets.
Call me Captain Marvel. pic.twitter.com/IgqRIb9ijM
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) July 24, 2016
The film is set to debut in 2019 and no one is more excited than a few of Larson’s fellow #MarvelMamas. Lupita Nyong’o posted this photo of the MCU’s leading ladies just after Brie’s induction.
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) July 24, 2016