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Brie Larson might just be our Captain Marvel

The Oscar-winning star of "Room" could be the latest actor to don tights and punch baddies in the Marvel superhero flick slated for 2019.

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Oscar winner Brie Larson is the current frontrunner to play Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel film, reports Variety. Sources have told the entertainment publication that Larson is the studio's first choice and that she's leaning towards taking the role.

Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, is an air force pilot who, following an accident, has her DNA fused with an alien, granting her super strength, energy projection and flight. It's totally not the same origin story as Green Lantern. He gets a ring.

No director is on board yet, but the screenplay is in the hands of Meg LeFauve ("Inside Out") and Nicole Perlman (Marvel's own "Guardians of the Galaxy"). As with all the other movies in the Marvel comic universe (MCU) stable, Kevin Feige is on as a producer.

Marvel has had plans to release a "Captain Marvel" movie for some time. It fits in with the studio's latest push for more leading roles for women, alongside Evangeline Lilly's promotion to title character in "Ant-Man and the Wasp" and rumours of a Black Widow standalone film starring Scarlett Johansson.

It was previously teased that phase three of the MCU originally slotted in "Captain Marvel" for release in 2018, but it has already been pushed back to March the following year.

These days Captain Marvel (not to be confused with Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel or Captain Marvel), originally known as Ms Marvel (not to be confused with the current Ms Marvel, Kamala Khan), aka Carol Danvers (not to be confused with Kara Danvers, Supergirl from the CW show) is giving Iron Man a what-for in Marvel Comics' Civil War II (not to be confused with "Captain America: Civil War". Or the original Marvel event, Civil War. Comics.)