Her casting has been all but confirmed for some time now, but it was finally announced at the end of the Marvel panel at this year's San Diego Comic Con that Brie Larson (Room) is officially set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe's as Captain Marvel.
Larson has the role of Carol Danvers, a skilled test pilot whose DNA is melded with that of Kree warrior Mar-Vell. Subsequently, she gains powers such as flight, enhanced strength, damage resistance and the ability to absorb and re-channel energy. Nicole Perlman (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) have been at work on the script, but there is no director attached as yet.
Though it wasn't exactly kept quiet, Larson's presence at the convention was at least easy to explain given that she was also here to promote Kong: Skull Island.
It is certainly a relief to finally have someone officially playing the part, and Larson – who won an Academy Award® this year for her work in Room (2015) – is a great choice, able to handle comedy and drama in equal measure. We still have a wait ahead of us, though – Captain Marvel won't be flying on to screens until 8 March 2019, though there is a chance she could be introduced in the first Avengers: Infinity War film, due April 2018. As always, watch this space.