After years of waiting, Marvel Studios is finally releasing its first female-led superhero movie, Captain Marvel, on March 8th. We’re stoked to see Brie Larson star as Carol Danvers, and it seems that we’re not the only ones. At the movie’s London premiere on February 27th, the actress met a tiny fan dressed as…you guessed it, Captain Marvel. According to E! News, the 8-year-old girl, named Illie, was conducting interviews on the “blue” carpet while dressed in the superhero’s iconic blue and red jumpsuit. Microphone in hand, she approached Larson to ask her a question. Film critic Scott Davis filmed the two Captain Marvels meeting and shared it to Twitter. In the short video, the 29-year-old actress asks her mini-me, “Are you running the carpet tonight?” It’s safe to say that Illie definitely was.
An organization called The Female Lead was reportedly behind the sweet moment. In a statement shared to Instagram, The Female Lead’s founder Edwina Dunn explained that they had selected the 8-year-old “so she could meet her real life superhero @brielarson.”
In one photo, Illie beams at the camera while getting Larson’s autograph (looking just as excited as you would expect from someone who just met Captain Marvel).
With the organization’s help, Illie also got to interview Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, as well as Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Agent Nick Fury.
This just goes to show how important it is for young people—especially young girls and women—to see themselves reflected in the media they consume. We have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of these moments after Captain Marvel hits theaters next week.