[March 28 2015 Update: What We Actually Know About Captain Marvel]

Two years ago, back when Marvel Studios was in the business of releasing “Marvel One-Shot” short films alongside home video releases of their feature films, Marvel co-president Louis D’Esposito expressed interest in eventually making one to introduce Ms. Marvel. These shorts have since disappeared as Marvel’s resources are allocated towards expanding their feature production slate and television projects, and the character known as Carol Danvers will instead get her beginnings on the big screen.

Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige announced in the fall that Danvers will be getting her own feature film in 2018 as she takes up the mantle of Captain Marvel – just as she’s done in Marvel Comics (another character has become Ms. Marvel). According to rumors, old and new however, moviegoers may meet Danvers much sooner.

*Warning: What lays ahead can be considered spoilers for character appearances in upcoming Marvel movies*

Nearly a year ago, when production was about to begin on Avengers: Age of Ultron, rumors about early drafts of writer and director Joss Whedon’s script indicated that there would be a few important new characters beyond the heroes and villains we had already heard about (Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, etc.). We knew Paul Bettany was undergoing costume tests to play Vision (which he is) but Ms. Marvel was also namedropped from insiders as a character who could get a cameo.

It’s been reported more than once that Ms. Marvel could show up in Avengers 2 and it coincided with rumors claiming that the end of the sequel would see Captain America recruiting several new faces who could have a large role to play in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to LR’s Umberto Gonzalez, he has a (self-admittedly unconfirmed) rumor that Danvers is already cast.

Captain Marvel Movie Logo Official Captain Marvel Rumor: Carol Danvers Is Already Secretly Cast

If true, and given the careful words used to downplay the certainty of this rumor, it may not be, then Danvers will absolutely show up in Age of Ultron first. The Avengers 2 is Marvel’s biggest event yet, and also their biggest marketing and branding tool. With so many new properties and new characters debuting in theaters (and on TV via Netflix) in the next few years, Marvel will aim to setup at least a few of them with that tool. It’s the same reason speculation points towards Age of Ultron including a post-credits button to introduce the next Peter Parker/Spider-Man before he returns next year in Captain America: Civil War.

Of course, if we do meet Danvers, it’s likely be well before she becomes “Captain Marvel.” Before she came in contact with a Kree alien and Kree tech (the same aliens featured in Guardians of the Galaxy and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) in the comics, Carol Danvers was an ordinary human working at a US Air Force base. An accident involving the alien tech gives her super powers and Danvers becomes Ms. Marvel, and decades later in the current stories, she’s taken the “Captain Marvel” title after several other cosmic characters did. Danvers is a co-leader and staple of more recent Avengers stories and crossover events, and she even had an important guest appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy. The latter of which forced GOTG writer-director James Gunn to address whether or not Captain Marvel would be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

And keeping on the topic of Marvel’s cosmic side, LR’s source also claims that Jim Starlin, creator of cosmic characters including Captain Marvel and Thanos, will serve as a consultant on the Captain Marvel movie. Starlin made a few headlines after The Avengers first hit theaters when he shared resentment for Marvel introducing some of his creations (like Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet) in the films without giving him any credit, or even inviting him to see the movie. He has since confirmed Marvel’s procurement side made a deal with him which explains why he might be brought into the fold in a limited capacity.

[March 28 2015 Update: What We Actually Know About Captain Marvel]

More: Our Marvel Phase 3 Podcast Episode

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.

Source: LR

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