Brie Larson is clearly taking her preparation seriously. The Academy Award winner will play Carol Danvers in Marvel Studio’s first female-led superhero flick, “Captain Marvel.” She posted a photo to Instagram to show how she is getting ready for the role.

In the photo, the 26-year-old looks cozy in a Captain Marvel jacket while she reads a “Captain Marvel” graphic novel. In the caption, she jokes that she has started a research and development department.


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The book Larson is reading is “Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More.” It collects the first six issues of the latest “Captain Marvel” series, and it’s a great starting point for someone who wants to jump into the comics. However, Larson’s reading list hopefully isn’t just the newest comics. Carol Danvers has a long history that stretches back to 1968. That’s a lot of stories, but these are some of the most important. Larson hopefully has them on her reading list:

“Marvel Superheroes #13” — This is Carol’s first appearance as a security chief of a military base. She’s just a supporting character here, though. Captain Marvel was still a guy, and Carol was his leading lady.

“Essential Ms. Marvel Vol. 1” — Obviously, the title indicates its importance, but it’s really essential because it’s the beginning of Carol’s superhero career. Carol debuts as Ms. Marvel in this graphic novel, which collects “Ms. Marvel” #1-#23, and readers can see how she handles her first superhero battles.

“Avengers Annual #10” — Ms. Marvel’s powers are stolen by Rogue from “X-Men” in this issue. The altercation affects both characters for the next several years.

“Avengers #183” — See how Carol first joined the Avengers to take down the Absorbing Man in this issue.

“Ms. Marvel: Civil War Vol. 2” — Carol Danvers is Team Iron Man. She agrees with the superhuman registration act (known in the movies as the Sokovia Accords), and she helps hunt down the heroes who refuse to follow government regulations. She crosses paths with plenty of famous faces here like Rogue and Spider-Woman.

“Captain Marvel Vol. 1: In Pursuit Of Flight” — After getting to know Carol as Ms. Marvel, find out what she’s like after she gets promoted to Captain Marvel in this graphic novel, which collects the first six issues of the Carol’s new adventures.

Those who aren’t interested in catching up on old issues will have the opportunity to jump in on a new “Captain Marvel” series before the film is released. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Margaret Stohl will write a series that will relaunch the character in 2017.

“Captain Marvel” is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.

Brie Larson Marvel Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and “Captain Marvel” actress Brie Larson attend Comic Con on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. Photo: Getty Images