Annette Bening is officially joining the MCU. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Bening has signed on for a Top Secret role in “Captain Marvel.”
“Captain Marvel” is the first female-led film in the MCU, and stars Brie Larson in the title role. The film centers around Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who somehow finds herself infused with alien DNA. This gives her new powers that she, presumably, will use to save the universe. In the comics, Captain Marvel’s powers include superhuman strength, endurance, flight, precognition, and resistance to toxins.
Bening joins a cast the currently includes Larson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Djimon Hounsou, and Lee Pace. Hounsou and Pace previously appeared in the first “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
The details of Bening’s character are being held very secret at the moment. THR says only that “‘scientist’ is said to be in her job description.”
This casting is huge news for Annette Bening. She has never appeared in a superhero film, and generally prefers to work on independent projects. Following a few television roles, the four-time Academy Award nominee made her feature film debut in the 1988 comedy, “The Great Outdoors.” Two films and two years later, she earned her first Oscar nominations for “The Grifters” in 1990. She starred in “Regarding Henry,” “Bugsy,” “The American President” and more. In 1999, she scored her second nomination with “American Beauty,” and later followed those with nominations for “Being Julia” and “The Kids are All Right.”
Bening most recently starred as Gloria Grahame in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” and was set to star in a season of “American Crime Story” before that storyline was dropped. Her latest film, “The Seagull,” will be out this month. Later in the year, she will star in Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself,” and Christoph Waltz’s directorial debut, “Georgetown.”
“Captain Marvel” flies into theaters on March 8, 2019.