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Brie Larson Introduced as Captain Marvel at Comic-Con

by Emily Krauser 10:40 AM PDT, July 24, 2016
Playing Brie Larson Introduced as Captain Marvel at Comic-Con

Welcome to the MCU, Brie Larson!

The Academy Award-winning actress will front the studio's first female-led film as Captain Marvel. The announcement came at the end of Marvel's surprise-filled panel at Comic-Con on Saturday, when the entire Marvel family gathered on stage for a big family photo.

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Studio head Kevin Feige then shocked fans by bringing up an unexpected face, saying, "Hold on, hold on, hold on. If we're going to do a Marvel family photo, we should introduce the newest family member. Captain Marvel herself: Brie Larson."

Hall H erupted in applause, which clearly overjoyed the Room star.

It didn't take long for Larson's new MCU family to congratulate her. Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch wished her the best right there in Hall H, and the 26-year-old actress' face looked absolutely thrilled to chat with him.

Photo: Getty Images for Disney

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Marvel quickly made the news official, sharing the Captain Marvel logo via Twitter following the panel.

Larson seemed pretty stoked herself, tweeting a photo of herself rocking a Captain Marvel hat after the announcement.

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Another excited superwoman? Blank Panther star Lupita Nyong'o, who was stoked to have Larson join the Marvel lady gang.

Fans giddily took to social media to congratulate Larson, and later in the evening, she returned the love to both them and Marvel. "Thanks for the love! I'm so excited to be part of the team," she tweeted along with five emojis, including 100, a pizza and a dancing lady.

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Larson was rumored to be a frontrunner for the role last month, according to Variety. Captain Marvel is an Air Force pilot with superpowers, and the standalone film based around the character is set to debut in 2019. 

It's been a stellar year for Larson, who won many accolades for her turn in Room, including Golden Globe, Oscar, and Screen Actors Guild awards. She also got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, musician Alex Greenwald, in May. Check out her blinged-out rock in the video below.

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