We were told in May that sometime this summer Marvel Studios would have official announcements to share regarding Captain Marvel and Thor: Ragnarok, two movies that were previously reported to both be shooting in Australia. And now it all seems to be coming into fruition.
The full cast, including many new high profile additions, was officially unveiled the week before last for Thor 3 (which is indeed the first Marvel production to shoot down under), and now reports are rolling in with increasing frequency revealing who Marvel is in talks with to direct and star in Captain Marvel. According to the latest, Room star and Oscar winner Brie Larson is the frontrunner to play Carol Danvers a.k.a. Ms. Marvel a.k.a. Captain Marvel.
Where Thor: Ragnarok reunites a pair of Avengers with other familiar characters and sends them off on a new cosmic journey, Captain Marvel is the first entry in a new sub-franchise that tells the tale of an Earthly character who becomes a cosmic one. And just like Spider-Man and Black Panther got their introductions in another movie (Captain America: Civil War) before their solo outings in 2017 and 2018, respectively, so to do we expect Danvers to show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe long before she leads her own picture.
That's why the casting process is happening now, nearly three years before Captain Marvel is scheduled to reach theaters. Before Carol Danvers gains her set of powers from Kree alien technology and an encounter with the original Captain Marvel (that's how it happened in the comics), she's an officer in the United States Air Force. We don't know yet what other movies Danvers could appear in first but we at least know she'll be in Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 (to be re-titled) in 2018 before her own movie in 2019. And when she does evolve into the super-powered Avenger, she'll need an iconic costume to match the part.
We can expect (like they've done with all the Avengers so far) for Marvel's design teams to create something in live-action that's very faithful to the Captain Marvel comics. Thus, to get an idea of what that could look like conceptually, below are some fan art renderings of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers in the modern Captain Marvel field outfit - what she wears currently in Marvel Comics as the leader of the Ultimates. The first one comes from popular artist BossLogic.
How do you want to see the origin tale of Carol Danvers adapted for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Should she become Ms. Marvel first? Should the original Captain Marvel make an appearance? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments!
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.