Brie Larson is Captain Marvel on the new cover of Entertainment Weekly! This is our first official look at Larson in costume, but that’s not all EW had to share as the marketing and publicity campaign for Marvel Studios’ 21st film begins.

“She can’t help but be herself,” Larson tells EW, referring to her titular hero, also known as Carol Danvers. “She can be aggressive, and she can have a temper, and she can be a little invasive and in your face. She’s also quick to jump to things, which makes her amazing in battle because she’s the first one out there and doesn’t always wait for orders. But the [not] waiting for orders is, to some, a character flaw.”

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said on several occasions that Captain Marvel will be the most powerful hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s exciting enough, but you’ll also be glad to know that you won’t have to wait 40 minutes to see her in action. Carol Danvers will break away from the usual origin story mold and begin the film with her powers!

Here is a summary of the plot from EW:

She’s left her earthly life behind to join an elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by Jude Law’s enigmatic commander.

But before long, Carol finds herself back on Earth with new questions about her past. And she’s got a formidable enemy in the form of the Skrulls — the notorious Marvel baddies made all the more dangerous by their shape-shifting abilities. Ben Mendelsohn plays their leader Talos, who spearheads a Skrull invasion of Earth.

We have a name for Ben Mendelsohn’s character! In the comics, Talos actually lacks the shape-shifting abilities commonly held by most Skrulls (UPDATE: the movie version of Talos can change shape) He makes up for it with super strength and durability. He’s gone by titles such as Talos the Untamed and Talos the Tamed, having played a role in the famous Kree-Skrull War. He was shamefully captured in that conflict (hence the nickname change from Untamed to Tamed), but will probably be more formidable in the film.

Talos’ plan to invade Earth is sure to fuel many fan theories about possibly Skrull storylines after (and perhaps during) Avengers 4.

The inclusion of Starforce is also very interesting. For some reason, they still won’t call Jude Law’s character Mar-Vell, but that’s who he is. Mar-Vell leading Starforce could actually place Carol Danvers on the (temporarily) same side as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou), and Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan). All three of those characters are set to appear in Captain Marvel and they were all members of Starforce in the source material (UPDATE: EW has confirmed these characters are members of the MCU’s Starforce).

“This is not a superhero who’s perfect or otherworldly or has some godlike connection,” says director Anna Boden (who is directing with Ryan Fleck) of Captain Marvel. “But what makes her special is just how human she is. She’s funny, but doesn’t always tell good jokes. And she can be headstrong and reckless and doesn’t always make the perfect decisions for herself. But at her core, she has so much heart and so much humanity — and all of its messiness.”

EW is set to share more details about the film throughout the week. You can bet I’ll be writing about them here and discussing them on our podcast!

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly