'This is a character that is incredibly inspiring to people and means a lot'
Wonder Woman may be currently ruling the summer movie season (and the box office), but before long, a new female superhero will be making her big-screen debut.
Brie Larson is set to star as the titular heroine in Captain Marvel, headlining the first solo female movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain Marvel won’t hit theaters until March 2019, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stopped by San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month to unveil some concept art and tease a few details about the upcoming superhero flick (like the fact that it’s set in the 1990s, well before Tony Stark first donned his Iron Man suit).
Larson herself wasn’t in attendance at Comic-Con this year, but when she spoke to EW this weekend about her upcoming drama The Glass Castle, she revealed that she was completely thrilled by the fan response to Captain Marvel so far.
“It feels like such a weight off my shoulders because I really don’t like keeping secrets,” she says. “And the response was really positive, and that felt really cool. I mean, making movies is hard, and making films of that size is even harder. It requires so much physically, and it’s a lot longer shoot, and there’s also the pressure because this is a character that is incredibly inspiring to people and means a lot. So you just want to get it right. I feel really excited about how everything is shaping up.”
The plot is still strictly top secret, but Feige did reveal that Samuel L. Jackson will make an appearance in Captain Marvel as Nick Fury (sans eyepatch), and the film’s chief antagonists will be the Skrulls, a notorious alien race from the comics. Captain Marvel is slated to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.
Larson will next appear in The Glass Castle (out Aug. 11), the film adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir. Check back soon to EW.com for the full interview with Larson.