Coming in 2019, Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel will be the first female hero to get her own solo film, with Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Room) in the titular lead role. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has previously stated that Captain Marvel will be the MCU’s most powerful character, and he just recently explained why Larson is the perfect fit for the role.
“With Captain Marvel, who has powers that approach a level that we haven’t seen before in our films, you need to counter- balance that by finding somebody who is also very human and very relatable and can get into a groove with the audience, where they’re willing to see her fly through the sun and punch a moon away from a spacecraft. At the same time, we need her to land and have relatable flaws,” Feige tells Variety.
“Brie is a person you’re going to want to go on this journey with, just like Benedict or Robert or Chris Pratt.”
Feige went on to underline the importance of having diversity in Marvel movies, which includes, for example, hiring a female director for Captain Marvel.
“The comics have always been progressive. They’ve showcased all sorts of different cultures and ethnicities. And we want to stay true to that. When you look at “Black Panther” — when you look at “Captain Marvel,” which will be Brie Larson in the title role — it is a very important thing for us to have diversity both in front of the camera and behind the camera.
[…] Having a female director at the helm to tell the story of a woman who is also our most powerful hero by far is very important to us.”
Captain Marvel, which will be an origin story, is slated for a March 8, 2019, release.