Different incarnations of the character have been both male and female in the comics, but for the movies they are concentrating on ‘Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the super powers of strength, energy projection and flight.’
Danvers has been part of The Avengers in the comics, and so should be a good fit as Marvel prepares for a future when the likes of Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth may want to leave the cinematic universe.
Now it seems the studio has found the person they want to play the title character, with THR reporting that Oscar-winning Room actress Brie Larson is in early talks for the role. It’s unclear at the moment how likely it is she will sign on, and it may depend on who the director is, as it appears Marvel is keen to find a female lenser as quickly as they can, with the likes of Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) being near the top of the list.
Captain Marvel is die out March 2019.