During its special announcement today, Marvel Studios confirmed the production of Captain Marvel, with a July 6, 2018 release date.
Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige confirmed that the film will indeed star Carol Danvers, the current Captain Marvel in Marvel Comics.
“Captain Marvel has gone by many names...this character's name is Carol Danvers,” Feige said.
Feige went on to explain how Marvel Studios has developed Captain Marvel for years, saying, ""This film has been in the works almost as long as Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy before it came out, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it."
Carol Danvers, who was originally Ms. Marvel until 2012 when Marvel comics rebranded the character, is an air force pilot who gains the powers of an alien warrior. In the comics, that alien was the original Captain Marvel, or Mar-Vell. With increased strength, invincibility, and the power of flight, Captain Marvel will be Marvel Studios’ first female character with her own film. DC Entertainment will still have the first female-led superhero film, however, with 2017's Wonder Woman.
On how Marvel will adapt Danvers' powers and story for the big screen, Feige explained, "Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm."
Stay tuned to comicbook.com for more updates on Captain Marvel.