Who Plays Captain Marvel and What’s She Most Famous For?

Captain Marvel marked a turning point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the leading character is a strong female instead of a male. While this may not seem like a big deal, it’s notable in that it’s the first of its kind, and has set the stage for more Marvel movies focused around a leading heroine.

That isn’t to say, of course, that Marvel hasn’t had its share of strong female characters. Take Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, for example, which is strong, capable, sexy, and bold. But she hasn’t yet starred in a film of her own.

But who is the woman behind the first strong leading Marvel female superhero? Who plays Captain Marvel, and what is she most famous for besides this role? Here’s what we know.

Brie Larson plays Captain Marvel

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Twenty-nine-year-old actress and singer, Brie Larson plays Captain Marvel. Larson was born on October 1, 1989, in Sacramento, California. She showed a great interest in acting even as a child and became the youngest person to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco at only 6 years old. It wasn’t long after that Larson began appearing in her first job, which was to help perform sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Although she didn’t become a household name until her later roles in Room, Skull Island, and The United States of Tara (discussed below), Larson had a successful career as a child actor. Even before she finished middle school, Larson had notable roles in Raising Dad (2001), Right on Track (2003), and Sleepover (2004). 

Kate Gregson in ‘The United States of Tara’

The United States of Tara is a television series about a woman who is trying to “unite” her numerous personalities after stopping her medication. It gives a funny yet informative look at mental illness and the many ways people cope with them. Larson play’s the main character’s daughter in this series, and provides a considerable amount of laughter and quirkiness to the show.

Ma in ‘Room’

Larson’s role as Ma in the 2015 film Room is both believable and earth-shattering. Fans never learn the character’s real name, but Ma was kidnapped at age 19 and forced to live in a room. She spends eight years there, where she gives birth to two children. Her first is a stillborn daughter, and the second is Jack who, at just 5 years of age, helps him and Ma to escape.

When they do escape, Jack has a hard time coping with the real world because he’s never been there. But Ma, who spent 19 years on the outside before her kidnapping, has just as hard of a time. Eventually, however, they learn to cope.

Mason Weaver in ‘Kong: Skull Island’

According to the Warner Brother’s website, Mason Weaver is “a street-smart investigative photojournalist… Weaver has seen the monster of humanity at war… Weaver’s curiosity about the mission’s true purpose drives her to maneuver her way onboard as team photographer. But once they cross over onto Skull Island, she is plunged into the biggest story of her life – one that will confront all her journalistic instincts and ethics.”

Larson nails the role, which is difficult because it lacks a solid backstory in Kong: Skull Island. But the most interesting part of her 2017 role is that she works with two others she’ll later join in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Tom Hiddleston, who reprises the God of Mischief, Loki, and Samuel L. Jackson, who portrays Nick Fury.

Other roles Brie Larson has played

Besides her earliest and most famous roles, Larson has accumulated an impressive number of acting credits. This includes performances in movies like 13 Going on 30, Just Peck, Tanner Hall, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and 21 Jump Street