During their San Diego Comic-Con 2016 panel presentation, Marvel finally went and officially announced the actress that will be taking the role of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, in the MCU and it is none other than Room star Brie Larson.

Whilst Warner Bros. and DC have made quite the impression at Comic-Con, with great Justice League and Wonder Woman trailers, Marvel always deliver big when it comes to putting on a show in Hall H and 2016 has been no different. Just yesterday, the studio dropped new trailers for the Netflix TV shows Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders and their big MCU presentation wasn't short of impressive either; footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 brought the roof down in Hall H and we even got the Doctor Strange Comic-Con trailer released online too. However, a highlight of the panel was when the studio FINALLY announced who'll be playing Captain Marvel in the 2019 standalone solo film: Brie Larson.

Larson's name has been in the mix for the role for some time now and the actress even emerged as the frontrunner to snag the role a few weeks back, but Marvel officially confirmed the news at Comic-Con today. Of course, the 26 year old actress is best known for her performance, as Ma, in last year's Room, the Lenny Abrahamson-directed novel-adaption that received a lot of Awards attention and even landed Larson an Academy-Award, as well as a Golden Globe and the BAFTA for her stellar acting. Some of her other notable roles include Molly in 21 Jump Street, Grace in Short Term 12 and Cassidy in The Spectacular Now. She is also set to star as one of the leads in Ben Wheatley's upcoming Free Fire, as well as alongisde Tom Hiddleston in next Summer's Kong: Skull Island - which also just got an epic Comic-Con trailer too.
Now, the actress will also be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot that acquires superpowers after she is exposed to alien DNA, altering her genetic structure - in fact, the original Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell, and Danvers fall in love and it's when battling one of his enemies that she absords his genetic structure after a radioactive explosion. These powers include super-strength, the ability to fly and even shoot energey from her hands. In the comics, Danvers initially adopted the name Ms. Marvel before eventually switching over to Captain Marvel.

The 2019 Captain Marvel film may not be an origin story, seeing as we'll most probably be introduced to Larson as the hero in 2018's The Avengers: Infinity War, and her film will come after that, when she's already established as a hero, but it could be something that is alluded to in either Infinity War or even any other MCU films beforehand - a lot of heroes have been crossing over into other films now; take Civil War, and the forthcoming Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok as examples. So, a Captain Marvel cameo certainly can't be ruled out just yet. Besides, her film is years from releasing so why else would they announced Brie Larson in the role this early, if not to utilise her?

I, personally, am a big fan of Larson's. I think she is a remarakbly talented actress and one that certainly has the acting capability to pull off the role - she's hot off an Oscar, that says it all. As far as when she'll make her first appearance in the MCU as Captain Marvel, we'll just have to wait and see but let's hope its sooner rather than later because March 7th, 2019 is quite some time away. Marvel Studios also debuted a new logo for the forthcoming female-led superhero flick at ComicCon, alongisde the casting news. Check it out below:

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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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