Kevin Feige hints at where Captain Marvel has been during all the events that have transpired so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It has been 10 years since Marvel Studios kicked off their interconnected franchise, which is quickly closing in on 20 films under its banner – and a few more waiting on the docket. During all of this time, the franchise has not addressed that apparently there is another powerful superhero who could have helped with all the various predicaments that our characters have been in throughout the last decade: Captain Marvel.
The role, which will see Brie Larson take flight as the newest superhero in the massive MCU, may have not yet seen the light of day. Announced only in 2014 and scheduled to officially launch via her standalone film in 2019, the character has existed at least since the ’90s, which was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con to be the movie’s setting. So that obviously begs the question, where was she during all this time? Feige may have an answer.
“The key is…‘out there,’” the Marvel exec coyly told i09 when asked the question while doing the promotional rounds for MCU’s latest project, Thor: Ragnarok. Feige did not offer any more details about his answer and basically just let that one phrase be his all-encompassing reply, which would expectedly prompt fans to speculate and come up with their most plausible, and sometimes most outlandish, theories.
Feige’s answer may be short but it packs a lot of meaning. It can mean a myriad of things. We know that the main villain for the film is the extraterrestrial shapeshifters, Skrulls, which already connects her to the cosmic world. Additionally, while we’re not yet sure how her origin film will pan out given that film’s co-writer, Nicole Perlman, revealed that her origin story will not be a direct adaptation, Feige previously shared that although the character is from Earth, her adventures will be mainly set in outer space. It is possible that in order to save her homeworld during the Kree-Skrull war, she sacrificed herself and willingly got trapped in the cosmos or maybe she just chose to be off-Earth to fight off any other looming threat before it even arrives on the planet.
How she gets pulled back into the fold also remains a mystery (it might have something to do with Thanos wreaking havoc in the whole universe), but Larson was spotted in Atlanta, Georgia recently with Chris Evans where the still untitled Avengers 4 is currently shooting, prompting fans to speculate that while she may not be in Avengers: Infinity War, she will finally join the team in the next ensemble flick. Timeline-wise, it also makes sense, as Captain Marvel will have already been released by the time MCU’s Phase 3 capper rolls out.
On top of featuring the Skrulls and being set in the ’90s, fans can also expect a still two-eyed Nick Fury appearing in Captain Marvel, with many expecting to finally know how he ended up with the eyepatch. Being a period piece, the film also opens up opportunities for past MCU characters to return to the franchise, such as Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter, who died of old age in Captain America: Civil War.
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