Captain Marvel Is Adding Annette Bening

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Annette Bening

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has, without question, the brightest stars from the Hollywood galaxy. That's what happens when you cast 19 movies over the course of 10 years. But in particular, the MCU has stacked its deck with iconic talents that hold very special places in the film industry's history, and according to reports, they are about to add one more in the form of Annette Bening.

To paraphrase Harvey Dent from The Dark Knight, you either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself get cast in a new Marvel movie. THR notes that Annette Bening is the latest legendary film star to throw her name into the superhero game, joining Brie Larson in Captain Marvel, an MCU movie that's due in theaters next March. Details are being kept under wraps, but the trade suggests that Bening might be playing a scientist.

You think I'm exaggerating about the sheer star power in the MCU? Look beyond the fact that major players such as Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Olsen, Dave Bautista and Josh Brolin are lending their talents to Avengers: Infinity War while also juggling countless other projects. The roster of classic Hollywood stars currently holding down important roles in the MCU would make a film lover's head spin.

Jeff Bridges helped kick it off by playing a villain in Iron Man. Anthony Hopkins has played Odin. Tommy Lee Jones was in Captain America: The First Avenger, and Robert Redford challenged Cap in The Winter Soldier. Michael Douglas stepped into the pivotal role of Hank Pym in Ant-Man, and now that series will introduce Michelle Pfeiffer in July's Ant-Man and the Wasp. Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker were just in Black Panther. This is Hollywood Royalty, all under one roof at Marvel Studios, and to add Annette Bening is no small feat.

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And then, look at the Captain Marvel cast that co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck already have recruited. In addition to leading actress Brie Larson, they have hired Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn and Gemma Chan, and are bringing back Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou, reprising their roles from the original Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Captain Marvel is currently filming. It's due in theaters on March 8. 2019. Before then, we will see Ant-Man and the Wasp, while after it we get Avengers 4. It's an amazing time to be a Marvel Studios fan, so bookmark our MCU Portal Page and enjoy all the great content coming out involving your favorite Marvel characters!

Sean O'Connell
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.