As Marvel Studios begins putting together its upcoming "Captain Marvel" film, Brie Larson has emerged as the front-runner for the role in what would be Marvel’s first female-led superhero pic, Deadline has confirmed.

The "Room" Oscar-winner has been a rumored contender for months and now flies ahead of Emily Blunt and Olivia Wilde, both of whom have been fan favorites for the role. The film is currently scheduled for release March 8, 2019 with a script by "Guardians of the Galaxy" co-writer Nicole Perlman and "Inside Out" co-writer Meg LeFauve. No director has been announced.

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The alter ego of Air Force pilot Carol Danvers is actually the sixth Marvel hero to use the name. She debuted in 1968 as a human ally to the space alien Mar-Vell, who operated on earth as Captain Marvel. Eventually exposed to some fairly weird comic book science magic, in 1977 she was given her own comic book under the superhero name Ms. Marvel. Danvers continued to appear in Marvel comics over the years under that name until 2012, when she officially assumed the name Captain Marvel in tribute to the original, who was killed off via inoperable cancer in a 1982 story, "The Death of Captain Marvel," Marvel Comics’ first graphic novel. (Since assuming the name, the Ms. Marvel moniker has been given to Kamala Khan, the first Muslim character to headline a Marvel Comics’ title.)

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Possessing superhuman strength and other abilities along with flight and energy projection, Danvers has generally been associated with Marvel’s “cosmic” line of heroes, which also includes the "Guardians of the Galaxy" among others. Rumor has it Captain Marvel will be making her film debut prior to her stand-alone film in another Marvel franchise, possibly "Avengers 3"(formerly "Avengers: Infinity War Part One") or "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." Similar, in other words, to how the studio unveiled Black Panther and the rebooted Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War."

A little trivia about the name: The first Captain Marvel in comics was Fawcett Comics’ Superman-influenced hero first introduced in 1939 and better known today as Shazam. The character was a big seller during the golden age of comics but was taken off shelves in 1954 after Fawcett settled a bitter copyright infringement lawsuit with DC Comics (then called National Comics) out of court. DC later purchased the character from Fawcett but by that time Marvel Comics had debuted its own Captain Marvel, leading to DC’s use of Shazam.

Variety first reported on this story.

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