The MCU continues to be an appealing proposition for high quality actors. Four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening is the latest big name to enter the fray, as she’ll be joining the cast of Captain Marvel, which will mark her first foray into the world of comic book movies.
She’ll join Brie Larson, who stars as Marvel’s first headlining female superhero Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, an Air Force pilot who becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes after getting an infusion of alien DNA and becoming tangled up in an intergalactic war.
Bening’s character is thus far being kept under wraps, but there’s a chance she plays some sort of scientist. Variety suggests that the scientist is likely Danvers’ mother.
It’s certainly a change of pace for Bening, who has mostly kept to high quality indie films and prestige TV over the last decade. She recently received some awards buzz for her portrayal of Gloria Grahame in Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool and will next be seen alongside Saoirse Ronan in the Chekhov adaptation, The Seagull.
Captain Marvel is also set to star Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan and Samuel L. Jackson, while Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace will reprise their roles from Guardians Of The Galaxy. Clark Gregg also makes his long awaited return to the MCU as Agent Coulson. How is all this possible? The film is set in the 90s, before the events of the MCU as we know it.
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Mississippi Grind) will direct the film, with the script being penned by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Nicole Perlman (Guardians Of The Galaxy), Geneva Dworet-Robertson (Tomb Raider), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (GLOW) and the directors themselves.
Captain Marvel is set to hit cinemas ahead of Avengers 4, on March 8, 2019.