Meet the MCU's most powerful hero

She's Marvel's veteran superhero...

Captain Marvel might be the first female-franchise title character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU),  but this veteran superhero has been around for a long long time in the world of Marvel comics.

Dreamt up by Marvel writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan, the Captain’s alter-ego Carol Danvers first appeared in a Marvel Super-Heroes comic back in March 1968 as a sassy US Air Force officer.

The character was reimagined in 1977 as progressive heroine Ms. Marvel, then went under various aliases, including Binary and Warbird, until everyone got so confused in the post-millennium that they stuck on Captain Marvel. Remember the name.

She could be more than a human...

Carol Danvers has always had a touch of hero about her. A  quick-witted US fighter pilot, she was forever changed when a nightmare crash-landing left her fighting for life.

Enter the Kree. If you've seen Guardians of the Galaxy, you’ll know these humanoid aliens as a tech- hungry, military-fixated race from the planet Hala.  This new movie sees them resurrect Danvers as Captain Marvel, gifting her jaw- dropping powers that include superhuman strength.

She's played by one of cinema's brightest stars...

CGI alone cannot sustain a superhero movie. We have to feel the beating heart and the humanity  – and that’s where Brie Larson comes into her own.

If you’re an ODEON regular, you’ll remember the Californian actress as the daring photo-journalist from 'Kong: Skull Island', Ma in the moving 'Room', and as the young supervisor of a refuge for troubled teenagers in acclaimed indie-flick, 'Short Term 12'.

Previously, many considered Brie Larson to be the number one choice for Captain Marvel and their wishes finally came true when she was announced at San Diego Comic Con 2016's Marvel Panel.

She’ll leave her mark on the MCU...

To understand the roots of the MCU, you need to check out Captain Marvel: a movie that predates the arrival of more familiar heroes like Iron Man and Thor.

Take your seat, turn back the clock and let yourself be entertained by this origin story, which sees Samuel L. Jackson’s hard-bitten Nick Fury at the very infancy of his career as an agent within the government.

But how will she fit into the bigger picture?

We're in the Endgame now

With Avengers: Endgame looming over our heads, leaving us biting our nails at the sheer intensity of whether our beloved heroes will return and the surviving Avengers will survive their final showdown with Thanos. 

With Nick Fury making the call in the end-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel is expected to make her debut in the present in Avengers: Endgame.  But Marvel have kept their cards close to their chest, not revealing the appearance of Captain Marvel in any of the trailers yet and not revealing officially what role she has to play in the conclusion to Phase Three and the culmination of 22 interconnected films.

Will she be the one to save Nebula and Tony Stark floating in space? Will she be the one to finally stand toe-to-toe with Thanos?  

Captain Marvel - out 8 March.