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When it comes to Captain Marvel featuring a woman in the title role, it seems Brie Larson had the same reaction as Hope van Dyne in that Ant-Man mid-credits scene: “It’s about damn time.” The Oscar winner will portray the comic book strongwoman in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is looking forward to offering young girls “a symbol of women.”

“The thing that’s been the most exciting now is, like on social media, I get sent a lot of pictures of young girls in the Captain Marvel costume, and I’m excited to see more of that,” she told Space Channel during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. “She’s such a great symbol for young girls and I’m realizing what a deficit we have, that we don’t have more of those.”

Evangeline Lilly will be the first woman to headline (or, at least, co-headline) her own Marvel film when Ant-Man and The Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018. Larson will then star as the titular character in Captain Marvel, set for March 8, 2019.

Over on the DC side, Warner Bros. will release Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot on June 2, 2017, while there’s talk of Margot Robbie getting her own Harley Quinn spinoff.

“I think it’s really cool to see a girl in a Batman costume or a Spider-Man costume, but I’m really excited that there’s a symbol of women,” Larson added. “I think that that’s really important.”

Watch a clip from her interview with Space Channel below.

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