Brie Larson to play Captain Marvel, first woman to headline Marvel superhero movie

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Oscar-winner Brie Larson has been officially announced as the lead in "Captain Marvel," cementing her place as the first woman to lead a Marvel superhero movie.

The news was revealed on Saturday during the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con, resulting in roaring applause from the crowd and excited tweets as the news hit social media.

Captain Marvel — real name Carol Danvers — is a "skilled pilot and hand to hand combatant," who first appeared in the comics in 1967, according to Marvel's website.

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Actress Brie Larson holds her award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the film "Room" during the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Brie Larson accepts the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in "Room" at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Best actress Brie Larson, "Room", reacts during the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Actress Brie Larson poses at the AFI (American Film Institute) Awards 2015 luncheon in Los Angeles, California January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actress Brie Larson poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party in Beverly Hills, California, January 9, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Brie Larson poses with the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for her role in "Room" during the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Actress Brie Larson arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES TAGS: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-PARTIES)
Actress Brie Larson gives her acceptance speech after winning her Best Female Lead award for her role in "Room" at the 31st Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California February 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Actress Brie Larson arrives at the 88th Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, California February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor Brie Larson, Jacob Trembley and Joan Allen arrive for the premiere of the movie "Room" during the 40th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, September 15, 2015. TIFF runs from September 10-20. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill
Actress Brie Larson poses for a portrait while promoting her upcoming movie "Room" in Los Angeles, California September 30, 2015. Picture taken September 30. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Cast member Brie Larson poses at the premiere of "Don Jon's Addiction" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. actress Brie Larson arrives for the premiere of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at the Empire Theatre in London August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Cast member Brie Larson attends the premiere of the film "Greenberg" in Los Angeles March 18, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Brie Larson smiles during the news conference for the film "Rampart" at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
Cast member Brie Larson poses for a portrait while promoting her upcoming movie "Short Term 12" in Los Angeles, California August 6, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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Her powers include "flight, enhanced strength, durability and the ability to shoot concussive energy bursts from her hands."

Larson won the best actress Oscar earlier this year for her work in 2015's "Room."

'"Captain Marvel" is slated for theaters on March 8, 2019. It was penned by "Guardians of the Galaxy" writer Nicole Perlman, herself the first woman to write a Marvel movie, and "Inside Out" scribe Meg LeFauve. A director has not yet been announced.

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