From saving the Avengers to fighting for diversity and equality, Brie Larson is a superhero both on and off-screen. The Academy Award-winning actress has used the celebrity status earned from films like Room, 21 Jump Street, Short Term 12, and Kong: Skull Island to shine a spotlight on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. It only makes sense that she will be playing the titular character in Captain Marvel, the first female-led film in the MCU. And if that wasn’t enough, Larson has also flexed her savvy behind the camera, directing two short films in addition to her directorial feature debut, Unicorn Store, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. With all of the influence and talent she wields, Brie Larson is steadily proving herself to be one of the most potent forces in the industry.

For more on the women in film that move and shake the industry, check out our video profiles of Ava DuVernay, Evan Rachel Wood, Jane Campion, Greta Gerwig, Lucille Ball, and Elizabeth Banks, and while you’re at it, celebrate strong and talented actresses like Jennifer Connelly, Aubrey Plaza, Jennifer Lawrence, Toni Collette, Michelle Yeoh, Parker Posey, Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche, Nicole Kidman, Tessa Thompson, Julianne Moore, and Angela Bassett. Phew.