Among the wave of first official photos released for the next MCU epic Captain Marvel is a picture revealing Lashana Lynch's character in the upcoming superhero film.
Lynch, who recently starred on the ABC series Still Star-Crossed, will appear in the film as Maria Rambeau, one of Carol Danvers' oldest friends and fellow Air Force pilot using the call sign Photon. She is also a single mother to a young daughter who has some superhero aspirations of her own.
In the Marvel comic book source material, Maria's daughter is Monica Rambeau who gains the ability to transform her body into any form of energy within the electromagnetic spectrum after being exposed to extra-dimensional energy. Initially taking on the name Captain Marvel, Monica eventually takes on a variety of codenames including Photon as referenced by the MCU's Easter egg.
The character was first created in the pages of 1982's Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 written by Roger Stern and illustrated by John Romita, Jr. Since 2013, the character has gone by the moniker Spectrum.
Whether Monica will play a major role in the upcoming MCU film has yet to be seen but given its 1990s setting, it certainly sets up the idea of an adult version of the character appearing in present day when Carol Danvers returns for next year's Avengers 4.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos and Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau. The film arrives March 8, 2019.
(via Entertainment Weekly)