Many fans are excited for Captain Marvel so we can be introduced to one of the comic book world’s mightiest heroes, but some are just as excited to be able to officially call Annette Bening a bonafide action star.

The 60-year-old actress stars in the film — in theaters this week — and, though we don’t know much about her role, she has certainly built up a considerable amount of hype. Speaking exclusively to Closer Weekly at a special screening presented by the Cinema Society with Synchrony Bank & FIJI Water in New York City on Wednesday, March 6, she teased her part in Captain Marvel as “still a surprise.”

Brie Larson and Annette Bening at a screening of 'Captain Marvel'
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“They asked me to do it and it was so cool. Actually, it turned out to be completely fun, completely a gas. They made me a really cool costume,” Annette gushed, adding that they “got to go to some really cool places” as well during the filming.

Part of what made the experience such a blast, the two-time Golden Globe winner said, was the involvement of costar Brie Larson and her the movie’s “young indie” directors, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck whom she referred to as “sweet, funny, smart and completely excited about what they were doing.”

This project is quite the departure for Annette, a critical darling who — for some unknown reason — has yet to win an Academy Award despite having been nominated for four Oscars thanks to turns in The GriftersAmerican BeautyBeing Julia and The Kids Are All Right. On top of that, Annette has amassed a single Tony nomination and a single Emmy nomination, too.

“You know, it’s funny I think that about most of my roles. It’s like when you’ve met a certain person and they inhabit your world. It becomes a jewel that you carry inside you,” Annette exclusively told Closer Weekly in 2018 when asked which of her past roles is most ingrained in her. “Whenever I portray someone, I go on a journey: I’m glad I went … I’m glad I’m home now! You learn to move on … You just have to.”

When it comes to Annette, is there a part she can’t play? Clearly not, and we love her for that.