Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently shared that there have been company talks about bring Captain Britain to life on screen. The character was originally intended to be the British counterpart of Captain America (now played by Chris Evans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) but treads quite a different origin story — one that is more mystical than scientific.
Captain Britain first appeared in the pages of the comic books in 1976. The character is also known as Brian Braddock who was granted his powers by Merlyn and his daughter after a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Over the years, Brian upheld his duties in Great Britain but also interacted with his fellow Marvel heroes. He was even a part of significant comic book runs including Secret Avengers.
The information came up while Feige and producer Amy Pascal were doing the press rounds for Spider-Man: Homecoming. British media outlet HeyUGuys asked the Marvel boss regarding the possibility of Captain Britain eventually making a splash in the MCU to which he replied:
“We have discussed it. There are a lot of actors that come in and ask about that part, so we’ll have to see.”
It’s not a surprise that there is interest in the character given what a potentially lucrative gig a part in of the MCU can be. Captain Britain is a perfect mix of grounded and mystical elements, which the franchise has already started touching on with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange.
There are some possible entry points to the character should Feige and the folks at Marvel finally decide to introduce Captain Britain. His initial contact with the Avengers was with Steve Rogers, when the super soldier offered him a slot at the rebuilding Avengers team. While this could work, the timing is a little off with all the commotion happening in the MCU in the lead up to Infinity War.
Right now, Marvel’s plate is already full with eight films (including Homecoming 2) already planned. That’s in addition to other sequels, like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Doctor Strange 2, and Black Panther 2, so it might take quite a while before we see Captain Britain on the big screen. Needless to say, with a few of MCU stalwarts touted to meet their end in Avengers: Infinity War and the yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4, Marvel will eventually have to introduce new characters to lead the studio to future phases, and Captain Britain could be one of them.
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