Marvel announced that Brie Larson has been cast in the titular role in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. The film will mark the studio’s first female led superhero film. Marvel announced it during a group MCU picture in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend. Marvel President kevin Fiege told Cinema Blend why he thought the actress was the perfect choice for the role:
Listen, we set the bar very high with the first casting decision we ever made with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Since then, every single choice we’ve made, we have asked, ‘Could it meet that bar?’ Because that is what people expect of us, and that is what … it’s a very high bar. Carol Danvers needs to be as rich and textured and real as the best of our characters. Maybe even more so. And we got very lucky that Brie — who has all of those attributes, and an Academy Award now — was still very interested in signing up and joining us to bring this character to life.
Captain Marvel is set for a March 2019 release.